Palm Sunday, April 5

  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter early to listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.

No Computer?

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone.

Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

Prepare your Heart

Sunday we will share a conversation with a couple of our Lafayette members, a few thoughts about our current situation, and Watching Over the Flock: Jesus, a message based on a reading of Hebrews 13:7-18. To prepare your heart for the gathering, prayerfully read the text, Hebrews 13:7-18 before Sunday.

Why the regularly scheduled sermon instead of something special at this time? Because sometimes we need some normalcy when everything is turned upside down. And this week, a reminder at who we need to be looking at and following right now…JESUS!

Spiritual exercise: pandemic edition

In our gathering Sunday Bob Clark will be introducing a spiritual exercise that has been helpful to him and he thinks might be helpful to you as we continue to make our way through the pandemic, one day at a time.

We are excited about not only introducing this exercise, but hearing from you about your exercise sessions.

Posted in Worship

Wednesday, April 1

Nate Reiser will continue teaching his class on 1 and 2 Samuel tonight at 7:00pm in a Zoom meeting. To prepare for tonight, read 2 Samuel 6-10.
Posted in Spiritual formation

Join us March 29

  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter early to listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
No Computer?

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

What will the gathering be like?
  • It will be awesome, because we will be “together!”
  • It is not a slick production. Just as on a normal Sunday, we are not putting on a show, we are worshiping together.
  • It will be a simple time of worship with Table and Word with some of the same flow we usually have when together. We will begin with the shepherd’s welcome and conclude with your having opportunity to pray with one of the elder couples.
  • It is BYOC (bring your own communion), so have your communion cups that we distributed ready or otherwise provide your own supplies.
  • You will be provided ways to give. We are aware of personal financial difficulties that we want to address. And of course, we have our regular expenses.
Not quite comfortable with Zoom?
  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.
Unstable internet connection?
If you get a message that says “unstable internet connection,” try to limit the number of computers and phones connected to the WIFI you are using. Temporarily turn off unused WIFI connections on your phone.
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Upcoming schedule

If you have glanced at the Lafayette calendar, you have seen that all in-person Lafayette events have been cancelled through (and including) April 5. At the first of April we will be reevaluating the situation and will make an announcement at that time regarding future meetings or cancellations.
On Sunday, March 29 Lafayette again will have an online worship gathering with songs, the shepherd’s welcome, the holy meal, the offering, and a message from the Bible. Friday’s edition of The Gathering will give you instructions on how to join this virtual worship “gathering.”
Grace and peace be with you.
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Follow up on March 22 “gathering”

Our March 22 gathering has concluded. If you were unable to join us or would like to view it again, a link to the gathering will be posted on the sermon page at about 12:30pm.

Just click on the sermon tab.

Posted in Announcement

Join us for worship March 22

Streamed worship “gathering” on Sunday, March 22
 
  • Just click on the above link at 10:00am.
  • You can enter a few minutes early and wait in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom acount.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off.
  • That being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
If you do not have a computer and would like to “call in” to join the meeting, you can call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 856 051 619# and when asked for personal ID, just enter #.
Click here to watch a one minute tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting that you might find helpful.
What will the “gathering” be like?
  • First, let me say it will be great, because we will be “together!”
  • Second, it is not going to be a slick production. Just as on a normal Sunday, we are not putting on a show, we are worshipping together.
  • Third, it will be a simple time of worship with Table and Word. It will have some of the same flow that we usually have when we are together. We will begin with the shepherd’s welcome and conclude with you having the opportunity to pray with one of the elder couples.
  • Fourth, it is BYOC (bring your own communion), so have your communion cups that we distributed ready or otherwise provide your own supplies.
  • Fifth, you will be given a couple of ways to give. We believe we will have opportunities to minister in new ways during and after this emergency. We are aware of personal financial difficulties that we want to address. And of course, we have our regular expenses to pay.
Tips for better reception
 
If you get a message that says”unstable internet connection,” you might want to try to limit the number of computers and phones connected to the WIFI you are using in your house. You might want to turn off the WIFI connection on your phone temporarity.
 
Backup plan
 
Our first attempts at using Zoom have been very positive (Last Wednesday’s adult class and youth group); however, we anticipate this Sunday there could be hundreds of churches using this platform for the first time. If Zoom crashes, we have a plan B, I will make an audio recording of the sermon and post it on the Lafayette website. Listening instructions will be posted at lafayettechurch.org. Last week we had about 120 downloads of the sermon by Lafayette folks. This week that is a plan B that I hope we don’t have to resort to using.
Posted in Announcement, Worship

Friday’s “The Gathering” delayed

Several have contacted me regarding the whereabouts of today’s edition of The Gathering email newsletter. So, to answer some frequently asked questions and perhaps answer some questions yet to be asked…

I usually send out The Gathering well before noon on Fridays, but today it’s going to be a bit later than usual. To finalize plans for Sunday (plans A, B, and C) we are having to wait for responses from some folks before we know exactly what we can and cannot do.

Sit tight for a bit longer. I am hoping to have The Gathering in your inbox today, hopefully before 6:00pm.

Thanks for caring so much, Lafayette!

Bob

 

Posted in Announcement

Upcoming schedule

If you have glanced at the Lafayette calendar, you have seen that all in-person Lafayette events have been cancelled through (and including) April 5. At the first of April we will be reevaluating the situation and will make an announcement at that time regarding future meetings or cancellations.
On Sunday, March 22 Lafayette again will have an online worship gathering with songs, the shepherd’s welcome, the holy meal, the offering, and a message from the Bible. Friday’s edition of The Gathering will give you instructions on how to join this virtual worship “gathering.”
Grace and peace be with you.
Posted in Announcement

All gatherings cancelled March 15, 2020

After carefully monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 public health emergency, the Lafayette Church of Christ is cancelling all gatherings on Sunday, March 15, 2020. If you need help, please call an elder, minister, or the church office.
 
More details and a sermon will be available tomorrow morning by clicking here.
 
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We had made lots of contingency plans. We really wanted to be able to meet together tomorrow. But in the end, we have to be good stewards of life and health. It seems the wise thing at this moment in time is to cancel.
 
In the midst of the social distancing we have been asked to do, please check on your neighbors and friends. Pick up the phone and encourage one another. Send an encouraging word by email, text, or card. We want to continue being the church even if our rhythm of gathering and scattering has been interrupted.
 
I will have more to say Monday in The Scattering, but for now, I guess the most important thing is to get the cancellation message to you!
 
Say it with me…”The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
 
Repeat as necessary!
 
Bob Clark

 

Posted in Announcement

Special COVID-19 announcement

March 15 schedule 
We want you to know that after reading CDC guidelines and checking with the City of Ballwin and St. Louis County guidelines regarding guidance on group gatherings, at this time Lafayette plans to be on our normal meeting schedule on Sunday, March 15.
That being said, there may be Lafayette members who do not need to attend, especially those who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (older members and those with heart or lung disease or diabetes). Click here to read the complete guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding who is at higher risk.  It is important that you make an informed decision as to whether or not it is best for you to be in the gathering Sunday. 
 
Additionally, we want to remind anyone who is sick with a cough and fever to not come to the gathering Sunday.
 
Changes are so rapid
So this is our plan as of 3:30pm on Friday, March 13. If the changing situation warrants our plan being adjusted, you will be notified by text message (those who did not authorize texts from church will need to check their email before Sunday’s gathering).
 
Greet one another with a holy kiss
We long-ago transitioned from “holy kisses” to “holy handshakes” in our culture. It seems like a good time for another transition, this time from handshakes to elbow bumps, air hugs, air high fives, or toe taps; and remember, while we have long had hand-sanitizing stations in the foyer, nothing beats washing your hands with soap and water!
 
Walk-up communion
Beginning Sunday we will have walk-up communion until further notice. Rather than receiving communion through passed trays, you will have an opportunity to receive communion at one of several stations set up in the worship center.
 
Congregational contingency plans
Over the last month Lafayette has made contingency plans for the church in the weeks to come, should the need arise. Bob will be addressing our current situation in general and  announcing those contingency plans Sunday just before his sermon.
Sunday’s bulletin and an audio recording of Bob’s comments, announcement, and sermon should be available by 2:00pm Sunday for those who are unable to be in the gathering Sunday. There is always a link to the weekly bulletins, sermon audio recordings, and online giving each Monday in The Scattering.
 
Reminder
We do not want to live in fear; after all, “The Lord is my Shepherd….” However, it is not inconsistent with faith to want to prevent disease, prepare for emergencies, and seek help. You can take action to prepare and prevent as well as seek help without shame. So don’t worry, but at the same time do not let anyone shame you for thinking through the situation and doing what is best for you.
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