COVID Closing Statement
Brothers and Sisters in Christ -
In order to meet current local, state, and federal guidelines, the St. John Lutheran Church Council and staff have prayerfully sought the Lord’s guidance and have made several modifications to our ministry while taking prudent, protective precautions on behalf of our congregation and community. Effective immediately, and until further notice, all in-person worship services, Sunday School for all ages, Bible studies, and choir practices at St. John Lutheran will be suspended.
The primary modification at this time is to move worship services to an online presence only. The 10:30 Sunday services will be streamed live on stjohnrussell.com and we will continue to broadcast on KRSL as scheduled. Join us as we pray for all those who are sick in our world, our nation, and our community. We will lift up in prayer health care workers, public safety officials, and those who continue to work in other professions to support their families. Church is not canceled; church has simply changed.
Check in with each other by phone call, text, or email. Encourage one another. Share loving care in ways that minimize exposure risk and maximize sharing the joy of Christ. If you are in need, please let us know. Whether you’re ill or have been advised to stay home because you are at a higher risk of illness, we are working on ways to help care for one another as God’s family.
We are aware that suspending in-person worship may translate into reduced giving in the near future. The significant majority of our members contribute when they attend worship. We hope you will consider mailing your regular giving to St. John at 425 N. Main, Russell, KS 67665.
St. John staff will continue to work, plan, and prepare for ministry to come. At this time, the church office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 1:30 pm. If you have any questions, prayer requests or other concerns, please do not hesitate to call 785-483-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that the love of God for all people is still the most powerful force in all of creation. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 6-7)
Pastor Roger Dennis