Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church (SITP)

GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, THE GOOD SHEPHERD IN THE PINES! 

After having been closed since March 16, 2020, we are finally able to reopen the doors of our church. It is a time of joy, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, as we are able to worship Him again. To sing and to pray, to hear the Word of God and to receive the true body and true blood of Jesus at the Lord’s Table. The words of the psalmist, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”  (Psalm 107:1)

In keeping with that, after the Governor of the State of California has issued an order on May 25, 2020 that churches can reopen their doors but “must limit attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower,” the Board of Elders met on May 26, 2020, and has adopted the following required CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  2. Mandatory use of cloth face covering or face mask;
  3. Mandatory social distancing of at least 6 feet;
  4. Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms:
    1. Cough and/or sneezing;

    2. Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing;

    3. Fever and/or chills;

    4. Muscle pain and sore throat;

    5. New loss of taste or smell.

Those who are high risk or are uncertain about attending our worship service, please stay home until you are ready and feel comfortable. Instead, you are encouraged to continue listening to our message on the Word of God every Monday with the broadcast of the Sunday worship service on our website: sitpbigbear.org.

Finally, but not least, we want to thank all the members of our church for their love, patience, support and especially for their prayers during this very difficult time filled with anxiety, stress and uncertainty.

We hope and pray to see every one of you very soon, as we worship together again. The words of St. Peter, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Yours, in Christ’s service,

Rev. Elroi Reimnitz, Th.D., D.D.

Genesis 16:13