Last week Lafayette members made up the majority of staff at Camp Neotez for Middle School Week. Sixteen people filled roles that included cooks, counselors, dishwashers, Bible teachers, and more. Thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to serve and bless others at camp!
(Pictured from top left) – Garrett Bender, Hayden deSambourg, Isaac Aston, Colby Genry, Michael Rhoades, Kyra Rhoades, Wells Wimberley, Kara Limburg, Nate Reiser, Nick Reiser, Lizzy Smith, Amy Reiser, Katherine Limburg, Grace deSambourg, and Jenny Schuth
In addition to the information in the letter below, if you have not yet registered for services tomorrow, we ask that you CLICK HERE to do so as soon as possible.
Dear Lafayette Family,
Over the first few weeks of our Sunday AM gatherings, we have operated within what is required of us by St. Louis County and recommended by the CDC, and even exceeded such guidelines. We, then, like most of you, have been paying close attention to the recent federal and local updates. The timing of such updates coming on Thursday/Friday makes fully adjusting for an upcoming Sunday difficult, especially considering our more concerned members pre-registered expecting a particular set of precautions. We recognize this is an imperfect plan communicated on short notice, but it provides a compromise that can work for this Sunday, May 16. As always, the service will still be accessible virtually for any who need to choose that option. We will re-group this coming week and communicate plans for May 23 and beyond.
Tomorrow morning, we WILL:
Ask you to “mask while moving”–entering the building, using the restroom, interacting after service, etc.
Enter at Door 2.
Usher you to seats based on your pre-registration, as normal.
Provide individual Communion kits and Offering boxes.
Offer an opportunity before the last song to be dismissed outside.
Tomorrow morning, we will NOT:
Require masks to be worn throughout service. While the CDC recommends “no masks” only for fully vaccinated people, the federal government and St. Louis County have recognized that enforcing such a recommendation is nearly impossible. Thus, they are not going to, nor will we, once seated. A number of our members will want to continue wearing their masks for a variety of reasons–not fully vaccinated, special health concerns, haven’t researched the updates yet, want to best protect loved one in the church or their family, etc.–and that is acceptable, if not encouraged.
Take temperatures at Door 2.
Dismiss the entire congregation to the parking lot. However, if you fellowship inside, we still encourage you to mask up and at least ask before invading personal space.
We have learned over the past two months that these changes will be seen as too rash by some, too hesitant by others, and just right for yet another group. In that sense, this Sunday is no different than any other!
As we again look at how the resurrection of Jesus was the driving force behind everything the early church was about, may our gathering tomorrow be more about the presence of the risen Lord in our midst than about the wearing or non-wearing of masks, our scientific or political opinions, etc. To God be the glory!
Kyle Johnson & Mike Brown
On behalf of the Health & Safety Team In accordance with the Lafayette eldership
Lafayette has resumed in-person worship gatherings. We meet at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings and follow a variety of precautions as determined by our Health & Safety Team under the guidance of the Lafayette eldership. More information can be found under “theGathering” tab, including a link to pre-registration. There are no Sunday morning classes at this time; details concerning our Wednesday night studies at 7:00 pm can be found under “theMiddle” tab.
Online worship gathering
We plan to indefinitely provide a virtual option for our Sunday morning gatherings. The link below will take you to a Zoom meeting in which the live Sunday service begins at 10:00 am. You can enter as early as 9:30 am.
You do not have to have a Zoom account to join the meeting, and are welcome to have your videos “on” or “off.” If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can still “call in” to the gathering and listen over your phone. Call 312-626-6799; when asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780#; and when asked for personal ID, enter #.
Easter Sermon Series: A Resurrection Community
On Easter Sunday, April 4, we began an 8-week sermon series reflecting upon how the resurrection of Jesus Christ has transformed Christian communities from the earliest days of the church in Acts up through the present day. Easter is a season for rejoicing in the spiritual realities we experience by new life in our resurrected Lord, Jesus.