11/13/2020

Dear Community of Faith at Memorial Lutheran Church,

Greetings to you in the name of Christ our Savior and Protector!
I am writing to you today, Friday, the 13th of November, to inform you that we are shutting down our church for two weeks for all in person worship, classes, meetings, and gatherings. We will be taping services and ask that you go onto our site to participate in worship together. They will be online towards the afternoon on Sunday as we download the tapings of Sunday Morning. I ask that you conduct all business and meetings online or by phone. This is a safety measure as Covid19 levels have risen to high levels. I hope that by these measures we can limit the risk of cases and be able to conduct our Advent and Christmas Services as planned. However, we will need to re-evaluate as information is presented to us regarding our state’s health status.
At a time like this we know that God is present and is upholding us. Let us work together as the body of Christ to be good Stewards of our community’s health and well-being. It is my prayer and encouragement that you do all that you can to keep yourselves and one another safe. Continue to pray for all of our brothers and sisters, our leadership, our health care workers and all essential workers.
We have been so blessed as a church and I know that God continues to shower us with His blessings. I thank Him for His care for us, and I thank Him for all of you. May we find His healing and hope in this time of our world’s anxiety and fear. Psalm 28:7 tells us, “The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him“. May your heart leap for the joy because of His loving kindness and strength that He gives to us in full measure. I fully trust in that He sustains us in all things. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.

Yours in God’s service,

Rev. A.N. Mary Adelsberger
Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church of Toledo, Ohio

 

4/8/2020 

Memorial Lutheran encourages people to assist Genacross Lutheran Services with their Mask Drive

4/7/2020

Join us for our Easter Sunday Drive In Service.  Only cars are permitted and everyone MUST remain in their car for the entire service. 

3/25/2020

Here’s some material provided by the Synod with daily activities and devotionals

3/16/2020

Dear Family of Faith of Memorial Lutheran Church,

Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus our Crucified and Risen Lord.   I am writing to let you know of new information about Memorial’s response to the Corona Virus Situation that is among us.  Thank you for all the people who came last Sunday to worship.  It was a truly beautiful worship time.

After more prayer and listening to the efforts our state is making right now, I have decided to suspend worship past Easter, and suspend all programs, meetings, study etc., and I will let you know where we are heading closer to Easter.  We are working to put our worship service on youtube and link to our webpage. Our secretary will be emailing a full Bulletin and sermon to all on our email list.  If you don’t have email and would like it mailed, we will do that as well.  Our Christian Life Coordinator, will be coordinating with our teachers to put up Sunday School and Catechism work by email/text.  Our Council is continuing their work and working on emergency policies.

Our staff will be calling all of you, and the staff is setting up other emergency communication procedures.  Our staff is still working at the office, but we are preparing to work at home if necessary and come in on separate days to work alone in the office.  We ask that you do not visit the office, but please call if you need to come to pick up something or bring something and thank you for abiding to social distancing practices.   The staff will be continuing to work, whether at home or at church. 

This could be a very frightening time, but know God is with us.  Pray for the staff, the council, the leadership, our congregation.  This may be a time of challenge, but it is also a time of opportunity.  Let God take you places that are new and refreshing and life-giving.  Do not fear the good that God is doing in the midst of the troubles we might face.   Call people to check on them, and if you find people need things we have volunteers that can help.  I am not allowed to visit Nursing homes, retirement committees or hospitals except for end of life situtations, but I can be available in other ways.

Memorial, I know that we can continue to worship together, our format is just different.  We are practicing different methods of fellowship and education, but they can be abundant blessings for us all.  Remember to thank God and worship him in prayer, study, service, and offerings, and remember to call if you need anything.  We are in this together.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Love and blessings to you all,

 

 

Rev. A.N. Mary Adelsberger

Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church of Toledo, Ohio