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First Lutheran Church of San Diego welcomes you to receive Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership. All our communion tables are open, in the sanctuary and on our patio, on Mondays and Fridays where hundreds come to receive their daily bread. Restrooms are available as you leave the sanctuary to the right. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).

 

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Returning to our Indoor Sanctuary for Worship 10:00am

Worship will continue to be broadcast live and uploaded for viewing later on the First Lutheran Church, San Diego YouTube channel.

Dear Friends in Christ, grace to you and peace,

What a joy to share with you that we are returning to our indoor sanctuary for worship beginning the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, 2021.

We will continue regular indoor worship as long as COVID allows. As of Nov. 17, County Health Authorities report that for those over the age of 40 vaccination rates are well over 85% and 75% for the total population.

Masks: For the sake of all, and mirroring the practice of the San Diego Unified School District and area hospitals we will look for all who attend to wear masks while indoors. This will be the case for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. 

The only variance for this will be for vaccinated worship leaders while they are speaking, or leading the congregation in song.

Social Distancing: For the sake of all we continue to encourage social distancing. This will be so in the Narthex (Lounge/Lobby) and while seated in the sanctuary. A number of chairs have been removed so that rows are further apart and so the first row is a distance from leaders.

Hand Washing and Sanitizer: For the good of all we encourage hand washing, and the use of sanitizer which will be available at the doors.

Liturgical Practices: For the good of all we will continue to distribute communion with a “low touch” practice. The Presider at the altar will dip the host into the chalice, place it onto a square of parchment and assistants will move the parchment from the altar to one, of two, stools to then be received. The paper can then be placed into receptacles on either side of the chancel.

Offering will continue to be physically received in the rear of the sanctuary, in the center aisle, on a small table. The plates will not be passed around.

Singing is permitted, but sorry, with a mask.

The Peace will still be spoken but without extra physical action or movement.

Thank you for your courtesy, thoughtfulness of others, and your understanding that COVID is still spreading among us.

Ventilation: For the good of all we will keep our doors and windows open, yes even when it’s cold or hot out, and the HV/AC fans will be on. This is the most we can do to keep fresh air moving in and out of the sanctuary and narthex/lounge.

Thank you again for your courtesy, understanding and kindness as we work together for good.

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2022 Council Nominations

Do you know an FLC member who’d make a fantastic Council person? We’d love to hear from you! For 2022, there are 4 seats on Council open for election, including one seat for a 2-year term and three seats for 3-year terms. New Council Members will be elected at the Annual Meeting in December.

Please speak with Pastor or any Council member to make a nomination or learn more.

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Welcome the Babe

This Sunday marks the beginning of our Lutheran World Relief “Welcome the Babe” project. Since 2014 our FLC family has sponsored and assembled Baby Care Kits to be distributed to new mothers in need around the world. Each year your generosity has grown…from providing 23 kits the first year to our new record of 88 kits last year! 

We are not having a Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair at church this year so we will again operate this campaign virtually. You can sponsor a kit at any level or donate additional individual items to help complete a baby kit and I will pick them up at church. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you have about how to participate. Information is also available on the Lutheran World Relief website, http://lwr.org/babycarekits 

Thank you for supporting this wonderful Advent project!

Mary Krueger

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