COVID19 has forever changed the way we are community together. Not only as the church but our interactions with one another throughout our daily lives. Though the virus has changed how we physically interact with one another, through social distancing and additional considerations for gatherings, we know that we are not isolated. With that said we also have a calling as the Body of Christ to care for our neighbor and to live out the Great Commandment which calls us to love the Lord our God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves. In order to faithfully live out the Great Commandment and love our neighbors we continue to physically distance until July 31, 2020. In the meantime we will continue to gather for Wednesday Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 4:30 pm via Zoom, Sunday Morning Worship each Sunday at 10:00 am via Zoom and continue with a limited schedule. If you have any questions or would like to join us please contact the church office. Below you will find various resources and statements not only from Hebron Lutheran Church but also our Synodical Office concerning COVID19
During this time there will be additional resources provided. If you would like to find the bulletin for this coming Sunday or Evening Prayer click on the Worship tab above. If you would like to visit the Virginia Synod COVID19 page click below.
The Hebron Lutheran Church Council has been hard at work sifting through the various ins and outs of what Forward Virginia, Gov. Northams three phase reopening plan, might mean for us as a congregation. After careful consideration and asking clarifying questions the Church Council adopted Forward Hebron Phase One. To arrive at Forward Hebron Phase One the Church Council took under advisement Forward Virginia and the recommendation of our Synodical Bishop, Rev. Robert F. Humphrey. Weighing both resources, taking into consideration the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the lack of readily available testing, and thinking of how we can best love our neighbor amidst this ever-changing time, the following points make up Forward Hebron Phase One:
Forward Hebron Phase One will remain in effect until the end of July. This time period will allow the Church Council and staff to implement the above points and make necessary adjustments. In the following months we will be implementing how to gather at the Table at a distance and improving our ability to worship remotely.
Both points 1 & 2 of Forward Hebron ( continuing to remotely worship & celebrating Holy Communion at a distance) are not temporary. These, though we wish everyone could be in worship, have become, and will continue to be, a new aspect of our life together. Implementing these changes not only intends to keep us safe and love our neighbors as ourselves but they also pave the way for in person worship and how we will be Community Together in a multifaceted way in the future. If you have any questions you are encouraged to reach out to one of your Council members or pastor.