Dear Members and Friends of Christ Lutheran Church
from Council President Todd LeGassick
At this point last year, I wrote about welcoming Pastor Garret, his wife Kristi, and their newborn son, Paul. We did that in March… in the middle of a pandemic! While we all know they arrived safely, much has happened since then. After saying goodbye to Pastors Joe and Mike, we were met with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic as well as protests and politics. Despite so much to separate us from God and from each other, we were called to find innovative means to meet together as a community, and we embraced these new avenues of worship in incredible ways...
We said Farewell...
It wasn't at all how we had planned it, there was no chance to have a big party with funny videos and moving testimonials. Nevertheless, the prayers and best wishes of the entire congregation went with Pastor Joe and Barbie as they began the next chapter of their lives in Washington State after so many years of faith-filled ministry at Christ Lutheran Church.
Our Worship Changes Form
Services move online
Online services began in March and included Sunday worship and special services such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve. Not one Sunday or special service was missed. Besides worship, our online content expanded rapidly to include music videos by Art Miller and Robin & Phil Hyland, members sharing their favorite recipes, and Thursday Night Live - a regular live video with Pastor Garrett and Steven Neaton.
In-person, outdoor worship services began during the summer on Sunday evenings and moved to Sunday mornings in the fall offering an opportunity for people to join together to worship and receive Holy Communion while observing all safety guidelines. Another big change was the departure of Robin Hyland (and Phil and Grace) in July. We were blessed to have Dana Schmidt step in to take on the leadership of the Worship Band.
The work of the church continued
Although the mission trips that had been planned for 2020 had to be cancelled, CLC continued to do outreach to a community that was needed more than ever before. CLC members contributed their time and treasure to help feed the residents of the Homeless Shelter, collect and distribute school supplies to children in our community hit the hardest by the move to remote learning, and our Retired & Resourceful continued to work on our campus. Sadly, we had to say "farewell" to Candice Ray, who had been CLC's Outreach Coordinator. Esther Siegen has now taken on that title in addition to her Director of Children's Ministries responsibilities.
Children and Family
Children and families faced incredible challenges due to the lock-down. CLC's Children and Family Ministries responded by holding several events that gave families a chance to be together while following safety guidelines. Midweek Programs, Drive-In movies, and even a Trunk 'n Treat!
New Website Launched
In July, CLC launched its new website. A team worked in connection with Pastor Garrett to create a user-friendly, accessible site. Our Social Media expanded to include a new Facebook group: clctogether.