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We are open for

in person worship

 

 

 

Our Worship Times:

Sundays at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

We care about the health, safety, and comfort of everyone who enters our building. 

We will be following recommendations given by the Erie County Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. 

 

If we need to make any changes, we will communicate them to you promptly.

If you have any questions, please give the church office a call. 

 

In-Person Worship Guidelines

 

If you are in a high-risk category or feel safer not worshiping in person, feel free to worship online via YouTube. If you are sick, have had a fever of 100°, or higher in the past 14 days, or have been around someone exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you please stay home and plan to join us on a later date.

In June of 2020, St. Luke put together a reopening plan that followed the guidelines set forth by the Erie County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. I first want to thank all of you for your love, care, and patience with this plan. I know it has not been easy but believe that these safety protocols have been a success and allowed us to publicly worship our Lord and Savior while keeping everyone comfortable, healthy, and safe. 

 

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control updated its COVID-19 guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html). On June 15 New York State updated its Covid-19 policy (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-covid-19-restrictions-lifted-70-adult-new-yorkers-have-received-first) and therefore we are lifting some of our restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals may attend worship and studies without wearing masks or practicing social distancing guidelines, although they are welcome to continue with these measures if they choose to do so. A fully vaccinated individual is anyone that has completed the full course of vaccination shots (2 shots for Pfizer or Moderna or 1 shot of Johnson and Johnson) at least 14 days ago.

  • Other individuals, including children 3 years old and above, those who chose not to be vaccinated, and those who are unable to be vaccinated yet are required to continue to wear masks that fully cover their mouth and nose, and practice social distancing measures.

  • St. Luke will presume that individuals wearing masks require social distancing unless otherwise instructed by that individual.

  • In good faith, St. Luke will not ask people to prove they have been vaccinated. We trust that everyone is being honest and following the 8th commandment “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16, NLT). However, and here is where I get direct, any unvaccinated individual who is not following masking and distancing safety procedures will be personally corrected by me, and if necessary, brought before the Church Board of Elders to apply proper church discipline as stated in our constitution and inline with the teaching of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for your use.

  • Services are around 35-45 minutes long.

  • There will be no hymnals or bibles in the sanctuary. Bulletins will be provided and the entire service will be projected on the screen.

  • On communion weeks, individual pre-packaged communion (wine and bread or juice and bread) will be available for you to pick up as you enter the sanctuary. Communion will be taken in the pews. The pastor will consecrate the elements from the altar. There will be baskets in the back for you to discard the communion packaging as you leave. We will continue this through the summer. 

  • There will be no offering collection during the service. Offering plates will be stationed in the back of the sanctuary. We encourage people to use our giving online option EasyTithe. We will continue this through the summer.

  • Any high-touch surfaces, such as handrails and pews, will be sanitized between services.

  • Restrooms will be open for use and will be sanitized often.

  • There will be no coffee or snacks.

 

Returning to worship after being exposed or having Covid-19

  • Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID-19 test result (if they have no symptoms) must wait for 10 days after the positive test result and must be symptom-free for 72 hours without the use of medication before they can return to worship or study. 

  • Unvaccinated close contacts and unvaccinated household members of an individual with a positive test positive must wait 10 days before they can return to worship or study.