Latest updates

In light of the current pandemic situation, and the high priority we place on the health and safety of our congregation and community, we have temporarily changed many of the ways in which we operate. However, we assure you that despite these changes our church is not closed and that we are continuing to offer ministry that provides a sense of hope, peace, and stability in the midst of this uncertainty and fear. Below are some of the ways that we are adjusting our ministries for the time being. To stay connected and updated on more detailed church happenings, visit our Weekly page and our 40Days page. Also, please remember that Online Giving opportunities are always available.





Online Worship


Virtual

Sundays | 9:30-10:30am


Every Sunday, we share live-streamed worship services through our YouTube channel. These services can be watched live at 9:30am or replayed anytime after for your convenience. They are complete with engaging music and meaningful sermons. We very much hope you can join us for worship in this new and exciting way if you are uncomfortable with or unable to make it to worship in person! Below is a link to the latest service.


Online Worship (10/25)





Indoor Worship


6805 Bluegrass Dr, Clarkston, MI

Modern | Sundays | 11am-12pm

Traditional | Sundays | 4-5pm


Every Sunday going forward we will be offering 2 capacity controlled worship services (75 or less). There will be modern worship services at 11am and traditional worship services at 4pm. Please note that preregistration is required for both. We ask for your prayers and patience as we grow into this new schedule, and your understanding that it is subject to change as needs or new coronavirus data or outbreak situations arise. Church doors will open 10 minutes before the beginning of each worship service. Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be offering childcare during worship. The sign up links are below, if you do not have a Realm account yet, please call or email us to register.


Modern Worship (10/25)


Traditional Worship (10/25)





Parking Lot Worship


96.9 FM

6805 Bluegrass Dr, Clarkston, MI

Sundays | 11am-12pm


Every Sunday, we host outdoor worship services in our parking lot utilizing a radio transmitter (96.9 FM). You can stay in your car, or bring a lawn chair to sit just outside your car so you can hear your radio. Parking lot attendants will help you park in a staggered pattern which will allow us to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Restrooms will be available, however, entry into the church will require preregistration, a face covering, and will be located behind the Administrative Center of the building (the front entrance is not available for entry during parking lot worship). The sign up link is below, if you do not have a Realm account yet, please call or email us to register.


Parking Lot Worship (10/25)





Confirmation Service


6805 Bluegrass Dr, Clarkston, MI

October 25 | 12:30-1:30pm


This Sunday, we will celebrate the Confirmation of our 10th grade Confirmation students with a worship service that is limited to Confirmation family only. However, it will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel for family and friends who cannot be physically present. Church doors will open 10 minutes before the beginning of the worship service. Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be offering childcare during worship. Below is a link to the live-stream.


Confirmation Service (10/25)





Prayer & Communion


6805 Bluegrass Dr, Clarkston, MI

Thursdays | 10-10:30am


Every Thursday, we offer a prayer and Holy Communion service for groups of 10 or less in the Worship Center. Please note that preregistration is required. These brief services are especially designed for those who have had limited opportunity to join us for online worship, as well as anyone wishing to spend some safe time in our Clarkston Campus. Of course, face coverings and social distancing will be practiced by all. Safe self-serve Communion will be available or you are welcome to bring your own. The sign up link is below, if you do not have a Realm account yet, please call or email us to register.


Prayer & Communion (10/22)





40Days


Each fall we share what we call a 40Days Spiritual Growth Journey where we refocus on our purpose, calling, and mission as individuals and as a congregation. This year we are embarking on a timely journey called 40Days Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace. Together, in the midst of this chaotic year, we will learn about and practice "being instruments of God's peace" as we share inspiring worship, small group experiences, Bible memory verses, an intentional focus on prayer, daily Bible readings, sharing peace with others, and missional service. For more information please click on the link below.


40Days 2020





Updated Safety Protocols


As we kick off our fall spiritual growth journey 40Days Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace and continue to return to offering more in-person worship and groups, we want to assure you that we are keeping our safety protocols as effective and up to date as possible. We also want to lift up the fact that we will continue to have a strong online ministry presence and do not want you to feel at all pressured to return to in-person activities before you are ready. Below you will find the links to letter written by Senior Pastor Jonathan Heierman (including our fall worship and ministry plan) as well as updated version of our COVID-19 safety protocols.


Pastoral Letter


Safety Protocols





Growth Groups


Growth Groups are a vital aspect of our ministry. They are small groups that provide a safe place to meet new friends and grow deeply in faith throughout the year. You definitely do not have to be a member to participate. Current Growth Groups are following the 40Days Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace spiritual growth journey material. Some groups are still using Zoom video conferencing and some are meeting in personSign up for these groups is being facilitated through our new church software, Realm. If you are interested in signing up for a group but do not have a Realm account yet, please contact the church office and we will send you a link that will allow you to create a Realm account and sign up for the group.





Pastoral Care


We want to assure you that despite everything that is going on, our pastors remain available for our community. Whether you have an emergency, are in need of counseling, or something else altogether, your needs remain our highest priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for pastoral care of any sort during these challenging times. You can also send us Prayer Requests if you find that is helpful in any way.





Resources


Center for Disease Control (CDC)


World Health Organization (WHO)


Michigan Department Health/Human Services (MDHHS)


Oakland County Health Division


Michigan Safe Start Plan


ELCA Safe Start Plan


ELCA Bishop Response