Recording will go live at 2:30p CST on 3/28/21.
Order of Worship: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YzN7oLxbHW7xI3Pejc5Yeh-MVnjeZkU0/view?usp=sharing
The Ayers family is seeking a nurse who would be willing to help a family member with ALS administer liquid meds via feeding tube. Less than an hour as many mornings a week as available. References. Mutually agreeable contract. Contact Debra (505) 795-1019.
Limited Indoor Sunday Worship Begins Again
LIMITED INDOOR, PARKING LOT, ONLINE
After Easter will continue to have limited seating in the sanctuary at 10am Sunday worship for this season of the pandemic. We hope and expect to be able to expand that capacity as vaccination progresses and infection rates improve.
Spring Clean Up Day – April 10th, 8a Until Done (Noonish)
Weather permitting, we will clean up the grounds and property as we transition from winter to spring. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Dennis Cunningham.
New Member Orientation – April 18th, 11am to 1pm
WANT TO BE AN OFFICIAL PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? JOIN US IN THIS GATHERING PLACE!
Thinking about becoming a member of Dekorra? If you or anyone you know is interested, please come our New Member Orientation Gathering with New Member Recognition currently scheduled for April 25th at worship. Questions? Please contact Pastor Sterling in the church office.
Constitution Update Exploration Committee Formed
FIRST MEETING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 14TH, 10a
We Lutherans really get the concepts of “Law” and “Gospel”. Our mission is spread the gospel-promise to our neighbors and to ourselves, while having to navigate a world full of rules. Because of a quirk in those rules, we need to update our congregation’s constitution to align with the ELCA’s 2019 Model Constitution for Congregations. It is also an opportunity to make sure our constitution accurately describes our preferred practices and, just maybe, reflect how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to participate in God’s mission in the world.
The team that has formed includes Peggy Benson, Paul Knuteson, William Schleichert, John Weingant, and Pastor Sterling. There is room for one more non-Council member to be involved.
Special Congregational Meeting – April 25th, During 10a Worship
The pandemic has highlighted the value of digital technology as part of evangelism and ministry in the church context. The council has begun exploring old and new ideas for using technology to improve outreach and education here at Dekorra and they want to share what they discovered with you. But, you as the congregation as the responsibility to tell them by your vote what projects they are authorized to move forward on or not. Unfortunately, timing and good discernment will not allow us to implement any of these solutions to expand our indoor worship capacity before Easter. Watch the newsletter and these announcements for more information.
First Communion Training – May 15th, 10:30a – 12p
FIRST COMMUNION WILL HAPPEN DURING WORSHIP ON 10/16
Do you have a young person who is ready for first communion is in 3rd grade or older?
Save the Date: 8th Grade Confirmation – May 23rd
Stay tuned for more information.
Scholarships for Post High School Study
DEADLINE JULY 1ST
The Steuer-Mitchell Perpetual Education Fund has been established at Dekorra Lutheran Church (DLC) through a generous gift by the estate of Robert E. Mitchell. Two scholarships are available this year. We hope to award a scholarship to both a Lodi and a Poynette student. Go to www.dekorralutheran.org/news and look for 3/19 post for how to apply.
ONGOING AT DEKORRA
AA – Fridays at 8p
Blood Drive – Monday, April 5th, 1p to 6p
Registering ahead of time encouraged. Walk-ins may be limited.
Confirmation (7th and 8th Grade) – 2nd Saturdays of the Month, 9a – 12p
CONTINUES THROUGH MAY. ALL ARE WELCOME, INCLUDING FRIENDS!
DLC Book Club 2021 – Always at 1p
Quilting – Thursdays at 1p
You may find this useful if you are planning on worshipping indoors on Easter or any of the Sundays after during this phase of the pandemic. Below is the current set of practices and policies for safe indoor worship. The hospitality and worship teams considered early drafts, and the ushers settled on these during their March 18th meeting.
These are informed by the MIT indoor safety tool I shared with you all back in February (https://indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com), Dekorra's inputs into that tool (see below), and the ELCA's recommendations for indoor worship.
These practices sit in a nice space of not being overly restrictive and not being overly permissive. Please keep in mind, that the more permissive the practices the fewer people that can safely worship in doors. At the same time, the more restrictive the practices the less constructive indoor worship may be.
As members of this community one of the most important rules in these practices we can follow is stated under the first two points under the "behaviors" section of the "standards" (near the bottom). They say this:
For their own safety and the safety of this community, our leaders will be kind while applying these practices and we simply ask the same of you.
Included below are the inputs into the tool that was shared with you in the February newsletter. Below that are the current versions of the practices.
If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at the office (608-635-7200).
COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline Tool: https://indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com/
Total Capacity: 110 at 0.05 Risk Tolerance. 23 at 0.01 Risk Tolerance.
PRACTICES AND POLICIES FOR SAFE INDOOR WORSHIP AT DEKORRA
The worship space, building, parking lot and webspace are welcoming and prepared for COVID worship that brings people closer to God with the Holy Spirit through Christ.
Role with Primary Responsibility: Ushers
Supporting Roles: Worship Leader, Music Minister, Offering Counters
Materials Needed: Portable Camera, Wireless Microphone, A/V Cart and Building A/V System, Door Keys, Portable Door Fans, HVAC System, Parking Lot, Disposable Surgical Facemasks, Hand Sanitizer, Thermometers, Pre-Setup Worship Space, Worship Setup Checklist, Worship Takedown Checklist
This worship will go live at 1pm CST, 03/24/2021.
Text of Message: drive.google.com/file/d/1jEIxUKBVta-81VBsNVI7obc4N0JvCyjN/view?usp=sharing
We have less than two weeks until Easter (the big event) and the return of the option for indoor wordship with limited seating (the much smaller event). I do want us to look past Lent and Holy Week, but I also want to communicate around the work we have and are doing to get ready for the return of safe indoor worship.
We have organized our work around a master check list. I have included the most up to date version of it below. I will offer further updates next week as the work we can only finish the week-of gets done.
Recording Will Go Live at 3pm CST on 03/21/21
Order of Worship:
News and Updates: www.dekorralutheran.org/news/dlc-updates-mar-21-2021