Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church (SITP)

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

After having been closed since July 15, 2020, we are finally able to reopen the doors of our church for worship again. We will meet every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

As per ruling by the United States Supreme Court on Friday, February 5th, 2021, we are allowed to open for indoor worship service. However, “the court’s 6-3 majority denied the churches’ request to block the state’s 25% capacity limit on indoor worship service amid the pandemic. The order also said the state may also continue to prohibit singing and chanting during indoor services.”

In keeping with that, as per the decision of the Board of Elders on May 26, 2020, we must continue to follow the required CDC guidelines, as follows:

  1. Washing our 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. Staying 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 always encouraged to continue listening to our broadcast every Sunday on our website: www.stipbigbear.org.

Finally, but not least, we want to thank all the members and friends of our church for their prayers and financial support with their tithes and offerings for our ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also hope and pray to see every one of you for worship again very soon. The words of King David, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” (Psalm 122:1)

Yours, in Christ’s service,

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

Genesis 16:13