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Ministry Announcement

Effective March 22, 2020, Zion Lutheran Church will offer its worship services via live-stream, but not in person, until further notice. This step has been taken to protect our most vulnerable members, to share with other partners in our community who are taking extraordinary steps to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections, and in keeping with recommendations from our federal, state, and local government and health care officials.
 
The 8am Sunday service and the 7pm Wednesday service can be viewed live or at a later time on our Facebook page. Bulletins will be made available digitally through an email distribution list and by a link on our website (www.zionseymour.org).
 
For the benefit of those viewing this from our Facebook page: If you did not receive an email from Zion on Friday afternoon, you are not on the email distribution list. To be added, please click here to send your email to Zion so that you might receive future communications.
 
There will be no 10:30am Sunday service or 5:15pm Wednesday service until further notice.
 
We realize that hearing or watching are no substitute for worshipping in person, but we are thankful that we have the technology to provide Services of the Word online and via CD until we return to normal.
 
All Sunday school and Bible classes are suspended until further notice, as are Lenten meals.
 
These decisions are not based on fear or panic. Instead, they are applications of the commandment to love our neighbor, which includes neither hurting nor harming them. We continue to put our trust in God, who is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46).
 
We pray for all health care workers, administrators, employers and employees, as well as those confined to nursing homes or their own homes, who are affected by this unprecedented issue.
 
The church office remains open during its normal hours.
 
Pastoral care will shift primarily to contact with members through phone calls. However, your pastors will continue making visits as appropriate and will certainly respond quickly in the case of an emergency. If you have an emergency or need assistance with groceries or supplies, please call the office at 812-522-1089. Your pastors and fellow members stand ready to lend their aid.
 
Please watch your email, Facebook, and our website for more information in the days ahead. This announcement is also available as a pdf by clicking here.
 
A Good Word: “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober- minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:7- 9).
 
A Prayer: Compassionate Lord, graciously defend us from all calamity by pestilence, scarcity, famine and every other evil. Spare us from disease and its fear. Protect and prosper all who labor in their rightful callings, especially those who remain in harm’s way for the good of their neighbors. Be the God and Father of the poor, the unemployed and the homeless; the helper of the hungry and needy; the comforter of the distressed and those who sorrow. Fill us, Your children, with hearts moved toward generosity and keep Your ministry and Your Church always before us, so that we may have compassion to help all in need as we are able; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 

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