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Hope Calendar July 20, 2020
Tuesday, July 21
1:00 pm Summer
Thursday, July 23
7:00 pm Summer
Sunday, July 26
11:15 AM Worship
1:30 pm PLUM
3:00 pm Worship (Zoom)
Tuesday, July 28
1:00 pm Summer
Please consider joining our Summer Discussion Series
beginning July 7, 2020
Details are on the PLUM website.
To join the worship services:
Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541
Zoom by phone: (646)
Meeting ID: 401 596 541
June 29, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We pray this letter finds you all healthy and happy. We are writing to
inform you that we have been busy preparing the church building for
worship according to the guidelines set down by the CDC and the state of
We will begin worshiping in the sanctuary on July 5, 2020!
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THOROUGHLY AND CAREFULLY SO THAT
YOU CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
How is this going to work?
All those in attendance will be required to wear a mask.
Since we have not seen each other in a long while and you will want to
“catch up”; you are encouraged to do so before entering the building and
at a safe distance in the parking lot. Once inside the building we
will be maintaining social distancing. Entering the building will
be from the front doors only.
Upon approaching the door you will notice the doorkeeper who will allow
you entrance 1 or 2 at a time to prevent overcrowding in the foyer. The
doorkeeper will also ask your name and, and if a guest, a phone
number/email address for tracing purposes. (Tracing attendance allows
us to notify you if someone in attendance develops symptoms of the
Your offerings can be deposited in plate on the table inside of
the sanctuary doors.
There will be an usher to assist you in finding a place to sit. We have
roped off 2/3 of the pews for social distancing. This has left us with
4 “useable” pews on each side. Seating in each pew will be limited to
two people (or families of 2 or more). To assist in determining proper
social distancing, we have placed seat cushions to mark the proper place
to sit in each pew. Please be aware that though we Lutherans all like
to sit in the back this is not going to work during social distancing.
You may have to sit further towards the front than you are used to. But
the benefit of worshiping together should override our fear of the front
pews! LOL ! In addition, since we will be running the very large (and
loud) exhaust fan at the back of the church at high speed to help keep
everyone cool, sitting toward the front will help you hear better. If
you choose to sit in the pew nearest the windows, please go up the
aisles by the windows. If you prefer to sit near the center aisle, go
up the center aisle.
you are seated please do not get up and move around.
Bulletins and hand sanitizer will already be placed beside each seat
We will be limiting attendance to 24 persons,
which includes the Pastor, Organist, and the Usher and Doorkeeper.
The entire service will be printed in the bulletins. The liturgy will
be spoken; as singing is not recommended at this time.
There will be modified communion. Details will be given before
the service and again before communion takes place.
When we dismiss please clear all personal items and bulletins from
your pew, but leave the hand sanitizer behind. You are encouraged
to take your bulletins home, but if you do not want to, please place
them in the trash can by the door as you leave the sanctuary.
As you exit, please (to maintain social distancing) continue without
stopping through either the front or side doors, clearing a path for
those behind you. Again, you are encouraged to socialize outside at
a safe distance to keep the Sanctuary and foyer areas clear.
How are we sanitizing?
As we are only using the sanctuary once a week, and as the corona virus
dies within a couple of days, no additional sanitizing will be
required. We will wipe down door handles and clean the rest rooms prior
to and after services. Please feel free to use the provided hand
sanitizer at any time during the service.
Please avoid areas of the church other than the foyer, Narthex and
Sanctuary for the time being.
What should I do?
We have done our best to make the worship spaces as safe as possible for
all of us. Now only you can decide if you are comfortable with what we
are able to do.
Please take time to reread this letter and do what you feel is best for
you and your loved ones. Do not feel bad if you are not able or ready
to worship in the church building. The Zoom services will continue
and you can continue to utilize this ministry.
Should you decide to attend services in the sanctuary when they resume
on July 5th, please remember that your health and the health
of others is of vital importance. Should you be running a
temperature or not feel well on a particular Sunday – please stay home
that week. If you have attended worship and develop symptoms of the
virus please notify the office (412-242-4476) or one of the PLUM
As stated above, this decision to attend worship services is a personal
one and may be very difficult for some of us. If you need help in
discerning what is a right and faithful decision please contact one of
our PLUM pastors for support and guidance.
May God’s blessings be upon us all as we move forward in this “unusual”
Yours in Christ,
Hope Church Council
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Join in worship on Sundays at 3:00 pm
Zoom by phone:
Meeting ID: 401 596 541
P.L.U.M. Pastoral Team
Rev. John Gropp - 412-680-7867
Rev. Brenda Henry – 412-390-8005
Rev. Dr. Paul Koch – 773-848-1470
Pastor Sue Devine – 412-496-4889
Vicar Mandy Gilberti - 814-241-8150