LCOS's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

If there was ever a time when the words of Proverbs 14:16 resonated, this it is:  
“The wise are cautious and turn away from evil, but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.”

Christ calls us to give special attention to the most vulnerable.  Loving our neighbor means staying at home.  Putting others’ needs before mine is the Christlike thing to do.

So what does this mean?


Last March we moved all our worship services online.  But now...

We have resumed both Saturday worship indoors in our sanctuary at 5:30 pm, and Sunday morning worship in our sanctuary at 10 am.  Masks and distancing are  required at either service.  We have still modified our services somewhat to provide a safer environment, and are increasing our precautions with the rise in cases. Communion for each service will be done seated, with members using individual communion cups available in the narthex before worship.   


Sunday worship services will still be livestreamed and available to watch online.  You can find them on our Sermons and Worship Videos page.  We will post the most recent worship video to our homepage as well.  Or subscribe to our newsletter and we will email you each week with a  a link to get the worship folder, a link to our livestream on Facebook for that week, and other worship resources.



The church is now open to all groups using our facilities, and we are now back to hosting many of our former outside groups for activities.  We are back to requiring masking of all groups meeting at the church for whatever reason.  If you are a member of a group which has had meetings at our facility before, please reach out to your group leader to see if they have scheduled activities here again.  



Our Top of the Hill Preschool is reopening, with a reorganized safety plan to protect the children, families, and Preschool Staff.  The safety plan put in place is based on requirements set by the State of Ohio, and they are taking precautions above and beyond those recommendations.  



Our Visitation Team has suspended its homebound and nursing home visits.  Pastor Stefan will use discretion concerning hospital visits, following the orders and regulations set forth.



The church office has re-opened, and will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9am through 3pm, and is back to offering normal services.  It’s never a bad idea to call the office first, so we’ll be on the lookout for you.  



Is on sabbatical until April 1st.  Please contact the church office if you need pastoral assistance, and our office admin will connect you to the appropiate resource.  


CARE FOR EACH OTHER  - Let us look for ways to care for and support each other during a time when there may be a great deal of social isolation.  We’ve been working hard on building relationships --  now it’s time to put them into action!  Take it upon yourself to call on your fellow church members to see how they are.



CARE FOR PEOPLE BEYOND LCOS - Some of us are concerned for others who are vulnerable … such as Dayton schools students who count on school breakfast and lunch.  We are working with our ministry partners to find ways we can serve.  Watch out email newsletters for information.


SPIRITUAL CONNECTION - We may not be physically connected, but we are still the church, connected to each other as the Body of Christ.  Pastor Stefan will send out regular devotions, prayers and reflections which will hopefully ground us in the Rock of Ages 


In the days ahead we will continue to update you on what we are doing and how we are being church together -- even if we aren’t physically in the same space.  Please pass on this information to anyone who you think might not use email often, or at all!  And please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


- Pastor Stefan Rickman