07.28.2021 Weekly Update

Join us at church tomorrow, Thursday, July 29th at 11:00am or 7:00pm for a presentation about ‘Managing Stress and Expectations Transition from COVID-19’.  No sign up necessary!

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. 

All current confirmation students will meet at church on Wednesday, August 4th at 6:00-8:00pm. Tonight, July 28 at 6:00-8:00pm, is for rising 7th grade students only.  Please bring a mask and talk to Pastor Kristin if you have any questions.    

Bible Study 
Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Fireside Room.  Please reply to this email or call the church office at 920.452.4771 to sign up to attend. 

Worship in the Sanctuary 
– No sign up necessary. 
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. 
 Click here to view an informative video! 

Parking Lot Worship 
 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 

Building Use 
The council has approved to increase indoor capacity to 70 people.  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 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. 

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.   

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:  John T., Brenda, Paul’s family, Tess, Quoc, the family of Shaun, Jim, John, Carmen and her children, Pastor Cruz, Kelly, Bryon, Steve, and Apostles of Christ.