Our Saviour Evangelical
Lutheran Church

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

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Sunday worship service: 10:00 am
Online only—see information below

Sunday school is in recess until the fall


Connecting to Our Online Worship Services

During this time when we aren't able to worship together in person, you can participate in our live, online worship services on our Facebook page. A recording is also available for later viewing on Facebook.

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Bulletin for the August 2 10:00 am service

Your offerings continue to be essential during this time to support our mission in our community and around the world. You may mail your offering to the church office or contribute online. Online donations may be made from your checking or savings account through Vanco (green button) or by credit or debit card through Paypal (orange button). Thank you!

  

This week's note from Pastor Johnson
July 29, 2020

Good day siblings in Christ!

After short notes the last few weeks, here is a long one. First and foremost, let me thank you so much for the wonderful celebration and for the gift presented on my 20th anniversary of ordination. I am so blessed to be part of this congregation and you bring me such joy. It is a pleasure being your pastor. Thank you.

I'd like to outline here what Sunday worship will look like in August. With only two people attending todayís Wednesday service and at maximum 5 people attending, we are going to end our Wednesday services and move the date up for in-person Sunday worship. The first Sunday of in-person worship for the congregation will be Sunday August 23.

On Sunday, August 16 though, we will shift the Sunday service to what we have been doing on Wednesdays. You did not misread that date. On August 16 we will be celebrating a baptism which will be attended by 15-20 family members, which will fill our church allowing for safe social distancing. Since there are people in church, we will need to have a shorter service with less music. Phill and I consulted and felt this would be the best date to make this first transition.

The following week, on August 23, members of the congregation will be welcomed back while we are still broadcasting on Zoom and Facebook. On that Sunday, we will begin communion once again too. If you are watching on Zoom or Facebook, you will be invited to bring your own elements and participate that way. We tried this in July as a test run. If you are in-person, you will receive a pre-filled communion set as you leave.

In order to help with this service transition, here is a link to the bulletin for the Wednesday service. This will give you a sense of what the service will look like starting on August 16. You will see a lot less music, much less interaction, etc.

Why arenít we singing and why is it so short? Singing has been proven to be a very dangerous method to spread the Coronavirus. With normal talking, 6í is the safe distance. With singing, that safe distance increases up to 12í even with a mask on. Singing together just isnít safe.

The shortness is to move toward CDC and Synod guidelines for services. The guidelines suggest an in-person service should be no longer than about 30 minutes. This is due to sitting in one place, air conditioning, and a whole other group of items where getting individuals out of the building is safer than in the building.

This is difficult. Trust me, I am with you on this one. Phill and I are discussing ways to have a shorter service, but if people want to hear music, to have that following worship. We are looking at ways to have a meaningful service within all the parameters around safe guidelines. We are also listening to the wide variety of voices within the congregation. There just isnít an easy way right now or a way to go back to the old way. We hold our heads up though and know God hears our praise no matter what the service looks like, we are together even in our distance, and we will get through this.

Be love,
Pastor Johnson


To celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians produced this inspiring virtual choir performance of O Day Full of Grace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJETTBbnf6w&feature=youtu.be


While our children aren't able to attend Sunday School in person, they have been been making art works to brighten our spirits during this difficult time. Here are some examples.


Amazon Smile: We are now an official Amazon Smile charity. If you have an Amazon account, kindly consider making Our Saviour the charity of choice. For every dollar you spend on Amazon, the church will receive 0.5%. Use this link to find our church and select it as your charity of choice:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-1874154


Christian Crafters: Currently we are working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief. In 2019 we dedicated these beautiful quilts along with school kits, health kits, and layettes which have been sent to Lutheran World Relief. They have been distributed to those in need throughout the world.


We accept online donations using either Vanco or PayPal. Vanco (formerly Simply Giving) allows for donations from your checking or saving account and is a good, low-cost option, especially for regular donations. PayPal allows donations using a credit or debit card or your PayPal account.