07.15.2021 Weekly Update

Worship in the Sanctuary

  • 8:30am
  • Sign up required weekly by noon on Fridays.
  • Masks and distancing required (per Wisconsin Council of Churches 2 out of 3 approach).
  • No congregational singing yet.
  • Please enter and exit the parking lot via the Geele Ave. driveway.
  • Building use requirements are still in place.
  • The service will be recorded for online worship.
  • We hope to be able to move to a capacity of 70 people soon, which will most likely not require sign up.
  • Click here to view an informative video! 

Parking Lot Worship

  • 9:30am
  • No sign up required.
  • Masks are optional, encouraged for those who are not yet vaccinated (per Wisconsin Council of Churches 2 out of 3 approach).
  • Bring your own chair and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Congregational singing.
  • Please enter and exit via the Geele Ave. driveway.
  • If it is raining, we will move worship into the fellowship hall.  Masks are required indoors.  Please still bring your own chair! 

Online Worship 
A recording of the 8:30am worship service will be posted as soon as possible on Sunday mornings on the St. Peter Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/stpetersheboygan/  and website https://stpetersheboygan.com and St. Peter Lutheran Church – Sheboygan YouTube page  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvPIB8agxVhS72C5822etA 

Task Force & Council Update  
We continue to follow the recommendations of The Wisconsin Council of Churches.  They currently recommend taking a 2 out of 3 standard approach: meet outdoors, continue to distance, wear masks.  When we apply 2 of the 3 mitigations, we will be doing much to mitigate risk. 

Masks will be optional for outdoor worship and outdoor activities for those who are fully vaccinated.  Those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask particularly to protect those under 12 years old who are not yet able to be vaccinated.  Parental choice regarding masks should be applied for those who are 3-11 years old as children of this age cannot be vaccinated at this time.  Everyone will still wear a mask inside the building. 

Education Event: Managing Stress and Expectations Transition from COVID-19 
St. Peter Lutheran is hosting a FREE educational event, “Managing Stress and Expectations Transitioning from Covid-19” on Thursday July 29th at 11am and 7pm.  An informational session on the topic will be led by Pastor Joan Marie Wittrock who is an ELCA pastor serving a two-point parish in Trempealeau County, WI and also completing her work toward a Master in Science in Mental Health Counseling degree at Viterbo University.  Pastor Joan is currently doing clinical work at Threads of Hope Counseling, a Christian Counseling Center in Newport, MN.  Some of you may know Pastor Joan because she was a member of St. Andrew. 

Financial Update 
At the end of June, we had $74,600 in our checking account and our income was $25,000 greater than year to date expenses.  So far this year, we have given $1,750 to the Northside Christian Food Pantry and have been able to help ease the burden for several families who are struggling.  We have also been able to maintain our financial commitments to the Greater Milwaukee Synod, Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization, Samaritan’s Hand, Rainbow Kids, the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, and Crossways Camps.  Thank you for your generous giving! 

Building Use 
As always, we ask that people make arrangements with Carrie in advance.  Building use requirements are still in place for anyone using the building.  We are asking people to wear masks to respect each other, visitors, and staff.  We are also following the Wisconsin Council of Churches recommendations for the ‘2 out of 3’ approach.  Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

Building Use Requirements 
We continue to follow building use requirements because we continue to love and care for each other.  Building use requirements for individuals and groups are: staff member must be present in the building (Carrie or Pastor Kristin); masks must be worn; distance of six feet between households; we will wait to eat together for the time being so there will be no shared meals; one person in a bathroom at a time and people are expected to clean after each use on their own using Clorox wipes provided; individuals and groups are expected to remain in planned locations; people should follow the signs regarding entering and exiting the building; if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to anyone who is sick, please do not come into the building.  Staff members do not need to attend meetings, but will be present in the building to track people present and clean after. 

Little Free Library 
We have been gifted a ‘Free Little Library’ and are excited to get it started!  We are looking for people to help set up and maintain the library.  If you are interested, please reply to this email and let us know. 

Community Resources
The United Way of Sheboygan County has a list that you can find here of local resources for abuse, child care, mental health, unemployment, financial assistance, and more. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has a helpline 800-950-6264 that is available M-F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This helpline provides the one-on-one help and information necessary to tackle tough challenges that you, your family or friends are facing.  They also have 24/7 crisis support.  Call 800-273-8255 or text NAMI to 741-741 to receive free support via text message.  Please reach out and ask for help if you feel like it is something you or someone you know might need.  Pastor Kristin is also a resource.  Send her a message at kberglund@stpetersheboygan.com

Please keep the following people in your prayers:  Paul’s family, Tess, Quoc, Shaun, Jim, John, Carmen and her children, Pastor Cruz, Mitchell, Kelly, Bryon, Steve, Mary, David, and Apostles of Christ.