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Iowa Reopening Announcement
You might have heard about Governor Reynolds plan for opening up Iowa in stages. Well, the spiritual and religious organizations were part of the first phase of opening up, still using social distancing. The Governor’s reopening declaration of Monday, April 27 does not allow for large group gatherings in churches other than worship.
Twenty one leaders, including our own Bishop Lorna Halaas have signed and sent a letter to Governor Reynolds expressing concern over lessening of restrictions for congregations. I will quote from that letter, “In the spirit of ecumenism, we join together in asking congregations and members across the state to take faithful action by refraining from in-person religious gatherings, including worship.” As one colleague questioned this stance, Bishop Halaas stated that we are an inclusive church. Live worship is a place where our elderly and those with health conditions are not safe, thereby we are excluding them.
Bishop Lorna has given a date of May 31 to revisit the situation. In yesterday’s conversation she stated that Holy Communion celebration and coffee fellowship will be farther into the future.
With these concerns in mind, OSL will not be worshiping together in the sanctuary in May. We will not be holding meetings or classes. We will continue to offer video worship services each week and weekly communications and educational lessons. We will continue to connect with members by phone and other means. Please stay connected with each other and with your Lord.
Doing Church Differently
We are “doing church” differently while there are restrictions of gatherings and self-isolations. In order to communicate with and between OSL members, the church office will be sending notices to you twice a week until we are together again.
Tuesday’s Email/Mailing will include devotions and other uplifting ideas, poems, essays and other collections. “Taking Faith Home”, a daily devotional will also be sent for daily readings .
Thursday’s Email/Mailing will be a weekly newsletter, including news of the congregation and will replace our newsletter, “The Call” during this quarantine.
Saturday's Email/Mailing will be a link to a YouTube video worship service. A worship service bulletin will also be included.
If you would like to be included in this Email/Mailing, please contact the church office at email@example.com or call us at (712-322-6655).