A Letter from Pastor
Beginning next week, the Tuesday after Palm Sunday, we will be making some adjustments to our service schedule in anticipation of the Easter festival. If you are currently signed up under the old schedule, that will be good through this coming Sunday. We are continuing to observe CDC guidelines for social distancing and keeping our groups to 10 people or less. The revised schedule will look like this:
Holy Tuesday (4/7) – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Wednesday (4/8) – 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Communion (4/9) – 7:00 p.m. (Also live-streamed for folks at home)
Good Friday Vespers (4/10) – 7:00 p.m. (Live-streamed)
Holy Saturday/Easter Eve (4/11) – 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.
Easter Day (4/12) – 7:30, 8:45, 10:00 (live-streamed) and 11:15.
Easter Tuesday (4/14) – 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday following Easter: No Services
You may still call the Church or text or call me (217-617-1442) to reserve a “seat” at one of these services, or you may go to "Sign Up Genius" to sign up online. There will be a new schedule posted after Easter. Services for this weekend (Palm Sunday) will proceed as previously scheduled.
The services for Easter will be shorter than a normal Divine Service but will include Holy Communion. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the 10:30 a.m. Easter Service will be live-streamed on my Youtube channel (go to Youtube.com and search for Paul Beisel). They will also be added to our website for those who would like to watch them at a different time. A link for these services will be available on Facebook before they air.
We would encourage any members not feeling well to remain at home, please. Any members who may feel at particular risk should also remain home. Those who attend services on Easter Sunday will need to exit the church promptly after the Service so that the next group can enter. We hope this schedule will allow the maximum number of members who desire to attend Church physically to do so.
As always, Communion will be available to anyone at any time upon request. This can be done either at the church or in your home. The service would resemble a typical “shut-in” Communion visit (about 15 minutes).
We will continue offering both individual glasses and the Common Cup (we keep the rim of the Cup sterile by wiping it with a purificator soaked in Everclear after each communicant). If you normally use the Common Cup, I will assume that you will continue doing so unless you tell me otherwise. There are sanitizing wipes in each of the front three pews that can be used to wipe off hymnals and other surfaces after each service to prepare for the next group.
Offering plates will not be passed during the service but will remain in the back of the Nave for you to leave your offering. If you are not coming to one of the scheduled services, we would still encourage you to mail in or drop off your regular offering. These are temporary measures until the threat of covid-19 has lessened. Thank you for your patience and understanding! May God’s peace be with you.
Rev. Paul L. Beisel, STM., received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska, in 1997. He completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN., where he also received a Master of Sacred Theology in 2004 focusing on Exegetical Theology. Pastor Beisel served Concordia Lutheran Church in Warsaw, IL., and Messiah Lutheran Church in Keokuk, IA., from 2002 until receiving a Divine Call from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls, IA. He was installed as Immanuel’s pastor on November 15, 2009. In September of 2015, Pastor Beisel journeyed to South Sudan, Africa, where he taught the Book of Matthew to fourth year seminary students (sponsored by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation).
Pastor Beisel was born in Oklahoma City, OK., on May 19, 1975. He spent the majority of his childhood in Pittsburg, KS. From 1986-1987, Pastor Beisel lived with his family in Taichung, Taiwan. Since then, he has traveled to Thailand and Germany. Pastor Beisel and his wife, Amy, are the parents of Susan, Lizzy, Martin, and Theo. Pastor Beisel enjoys time with his family, music, tennis, reading, fine dining, and for good measure, some Lutheran Satire.
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