The Click here to Register link is now live on the homepage of Reformation's website!
Please read the following instructions before claiming a slot to attend an in-person worship service at Reformation Lutheran Church. Thank you!
Under current guidelines we can have up to 50 people present in a worship service. There are 39 spots available for registration and 11 reserved for weekly worship leaders. To help us comply with these guidelines, and to keep everyone safe, to attend a service, we ask you to either
· Register Online, or · Call the church office at 803.252.1507 if you do not have internet access or an email address.
Members who can access the link on the homepage of the website and have an email address are asked to register electronically. If you have already called the church office to register to attend the May 2 service, you are all set and registered.
You will need to sign up for the specific service you will be attending as well as the number of people joining you. One slot = one individual, it does not equal a slot per family. For example, if three people wish to join for in-person worship, you will need to select three slots for worship at the desired 10 a.m. service.
Please register and reserve your spot online no later than Noon on each Thursday before the date you wish to attend. The slots are first come, first served. Sunday, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30 are now available for online registration.
For those who are not yet ready and feel safer worshiping at home, we will continue to offer worship via live-stream at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
These guidelines and protocols are in an effort to make you as safe as possible when you choose to join Reformation for in-person worship.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible soon!
For more registration information, see our Announcements and Reminders page for an update on our plans for in-person worship services.
BIG News — Planning is Under Way to Resume In Person Worship!
Assuming that Covid cases and hospitalizations continue their downward trend, Reformation’s Transition Team and Council have recommended that limited in person worship resume starting Sunday, May 2, 2021. Up to 50 people, including worship leaders, will be able to safely worship in person in the Sanctuary at our 10:00 Service. The Service will continue to be live-streamed on FaceBook and YouTube for others.
To help protect our most vulnerable, this in person worship will be different from our ‘old normal’ in the following ways:
— Anyone wishing to attend a Service in person must call the church office to reserve a seat, limiting attendance to 50 persons, helping to ensure the safety of those who gather to worship or lead worship. More details on making reservations will be provided later.
— Wearing a mask will be required following public health guidelines. Worshipers are encouraged to put their mask on before they exit their cars. Worship leaders will remove their masks while reading or singing. We wear face coverings in worship because we love our neighbors as ourselves. We take comfort in knowing that nothing can hide or separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Available seating will be marked, ensuring individuals or family groups are seated at least six feet apart and that worshipers are at a safe distance from worship leaders.
— Communion cups with wafer and wine in a sealed disposable container will be handed to attendees as they enter, as has been our practice at our Drive In Services. Worshipers will remove their masks briefly to eat and drink their communion elements.
— Offering baskets will be available as you enter or exit the Sanctuary.
— By attending a Service in person, you agree to your image being shared on the livestream video. Your presence also indicates your understanding that, if you become sick after attending, the congregation will be notified that exposure could have happened at a Service you attended.
— All attendees who are physically able to climb steps will be asked to enter the Sanctuary by the front steps or the side door into the BreezeWay. Others will have access through the Fellowship Hall.
— There will be no Nursery or Fellowship Time after Service, as we continue to keep our children, members, and visitors safe.
— At the end of the service, worshippers can greet each other outdoors respecting social distancing guidelines. Worshippers are asked to continue to wear their masks until they enter their cars.
Full details can be found in the Updated Transition Plan found on Reformation’s website. Reformation’s Worship and Music and Property Committees will be coordinating efforts to prepare our building and worship space to safely welcome you back to worship and will keep you posted on any updates.
Our leadership team will continue to monitor DHEC Covid-19 case counts in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties, and will advise us if trends rise, indicating a need to halt in person activities again.
Our decision to open the Sanctuary for Sunday worship DOES NOT MEAN it is necessarily a good idea for YOU to worship in person. We encourage you to listen to your doctors, your family, your friends, and public health professionals to decide whether or not public worship is a wise or safe option for you at this time. Please do NOT come to church if you feel sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick.
We look forward to being in worship together with our church family again starting May 2, 2021! It will be so wonderful to see familiar faces and to greet new visitors who have been worshipping with us on-line over our year of isolation!
From the Property Committee
............. Coming Soon! ...........
Little things you can do to make our Church a Happier Place! If you can:
Then you can help. Please stay tuned for more details.
We are right on the edge of being able to safely attend church. And right now, we have an opportunity for you!
Come and join the A/V Team! Yes you can learn to
operate the Mevo Camera, and be a part of a new medium of worship as we reach beyond our walls
in this tech-era of social media proclamation
of the gospel. The camera is easy to operate,
and its fun to explore new ways to apply it
to our evangelism — messaging the good news
of Jesus — in ways we never have.
Please come and join the A/V Team as we
continue to Reform our outreach.
Please call the church office for more information.
Our preliminary accounting shows we (RLC) collected $245.61 in offerings
on Feb 7th for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Thanks to everyone for your generosity
with this great need and annual tradition. The actual amount may be
higher once we include the online giving (which will be reported near the
end of the month.) We'll provide a final amount when that information
is made available. Again - thank you so much for your help
with this community's food bank needs.
Each month a heartwarming story, card or letter from a member, friend or fan of Reformation Lutheran Church will be featured in the newsletter. The church office receives many cards in the mail, online notes, phone calls and comments throughout the month.
We feel inspired and encouraged to share the powerful, positive impact Reformation offers to so many from all over the country.
If you have something to share, please send your notes or heartfelt comments to the church office by mail or send an email to - firstname.lastname@example.org. We may feature your comments in an upcoming newsletter. Yes, you may remain anonymous.
Church Member, Sarah Trani, has offered to supply those who need cloth masks. You may contact her directly at email@example.com.
The Reporter is published monthly at Reformation Lutheran Church and is sent electronically or mailed to members and friends who wish to have a copy. (A link to The Reporter newsletter is also posted on the church website: www.ReformationCAE.org and on Reformation's Facebook page.)
The deadline to submit articles or items to be updated, announced, or published is the 18th of the month. If you have news to share, please send it to the church office. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Need Help to Watch Our Sunday Service On-Line? To join a Zoom Meeting?
In order to ensure members, visitors and friends can meet with us for our Worship Services, Daily Devotionals, and numerous ZOOM meetings, our Transition Team, Church Council, and current volunteers are looking for additional volunteers to assist folks to connect their PCs and other electronic devices to our Facebook page and the ZOOM meeting site. We are also looking for a means of creating DVDs of the services in order to send or deliver them to folks. And in general, we are asking for suggestions on how to be more effective in our outreach efforts regarding this portion of our ministry. Do you.........
Please call the Church Office (803.252.1507) if you need any help, or you can assist in this effort.
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