Current Cancellations, Our Reponse to COVID-19


We will suspend services and all other activities beginning immediately through May 1st.

Worship and other activities, including our annual Daycamp, have transitioned to at-home experiences.

Suspending Worship Letter, April 1 2020

Suspending Worship, April 1 2020.pdf

Download the original letter from Pastor Steve by clicking the link above or see the text below:

Dear Fellow Workers in the Gospel,

The congregational council met on March 31st, and I want to let everyone know about the decisions made at that meeting.

After prayer and much thoughtful discussion the decision was made to extend the suspension of all in person worship and activities at church until May 1st.  This decision included everyone’s thoughts as well as input from various medical personnel from the congregation.

Additionally, there was talk about attempting to have some type of drive-in style worship on Easter which would attempt to have social distance and yet have a gathering for this Holy Day within the church.  It is not easy as a pastor to not have people gather physically to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  However, the medical professionals were unsure about the wisdom of attempting such a gathering.  Part of seeking God’s will in difficult times is to listen to the various voices and realize that God is at work in all kinds of ways.  Listening to these voices along with a lot of hesitancy by council members and myself, the decision was made to not attempt a gathering on Easter.

However, the suggestion was made that the first Sunday we are back worshipping in person, we would celebrate Easter.  The Early Church viewed every Sunday as a little Easter and was a celebration of the resurrection, thus our first worship service back it would be appropriate to recognize as Easter.

Additionally, the decision was made to postpone the Rite of Confirmation.  Confirmation Sunday was to be May 3rd.  Because of the uncertainty of the times and wanting to give people time to invite and feel comfortable traveling for this special day for many young people, I will be working with the parents to choose a date in mid-August.

The council will be meeting on April 13th, our regular meeting time and will be discussing if additional changes need to be made at that time based upon available information.  Any decisions will be communicated to the congregation.

As always, I am available to communicate with by phone.  Feel free to contact me if needed for conversation and/or prayer. 

Please join me in praying this prayer from A Prayer Book for the Armed Services: 

Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of fear, danger, and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation and nations around the world with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

In God’s Radical Grace,

Stephen M. Wood


[archived – see updated version above] Suspending Worship Letter, March 17 2020

Suspending Worship, March 17 2020.pdf

Download the original letter from Pastor Steve by clicking the link above or see the text below:

Dear Fellow Workers in the Gospel,

These are extraordinary times in our world.  I do not every remember a time where the kind of restrictions and recommendations have been made about gathering together and being in public places.  It is not a light or easy decision to suspend public worship, but I believe that this option is the best one right now for the safety and well-being of all people and particularly those at risk.

On Sunday morning (3-15), I had a conversation with multiple nurses within the congregation and at that time, it was communicated to me that how we conducted worship on Sunday was ok.  However, since that conversation, the CDC issued new recommendations that lowered the number of people gathering together to be no more than 10 and the governor of Indiana required restaurants to be closed to dine-in customers.  With these new restrictions and inquiring again with several nurses—the overwhelming consensus was that we need to suspend services and gatherings at this time.

The council met on Tuesday night and confirmed this decision. 

We will suspend services and all other activities beginning immediately through April 4th.  We will reevaluate on March 31st to see if the suspension needs to be extended or if we resume normal activities beginning with the Palm Sunday Service on April 5st.  At this point in time, things change almost hourly and it is difficult to know what the appropriate decision is in two weeks.

I am working with Jamie Baker to make sure that some type of online ‘worship’ is available.  The goal is to provide both a mid-week Lenten ‘worship’ and a Sunday ‘worship’ experience available through the website.  Please contact Jamie Baker if you have particular questions about how to access these ‘worship’ experiences.

Additionally, this time of social separation may be a good time for individuals and/or families to take time to be intentional about reading passages from the Bible or portions from Luther’s Small Catechism and have discussions about them.  Another resource to feed your spirit in these days is to find a podcast which focuses upon spirituality {e.g.  RobCast with Rob Bell; Another Name for Everything with Richard Rohr, Sunday morning Matinee, Finding Fred (not explicitly religious but worth listening)}.

As always, I am available to communicate with by phone.  Feel free to contact me if needed for conversation and/or prayer. 

Please join me in praying this prayer from A Prayer Book for the Armed Services: 

Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of fear, danger, and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation and nations around the world with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

In God’s Radical Grace,

Stephen M. Wood