UPDATED SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We would like you to know that your church is monitoring the global spread of COVID-19, aka the coronavirus. We are reminded in these uncertain times of Jesus's words in Matthew 10:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
We know that God is with us, that He loves us, and that He will make good on his promise to use everything -- even these current challenges -- for our good. We will, as the body of Christ, continue to share God's Word, encourage one another, and spread His saving message of hope and comfort throughout these troubled times.
The following are the precautionary measures are being taken by Light of the Valley while resuming meeting in person for worship and Bible study in order to protect our people from the spread of COVID-19:
- The state prescribed 6 feet of social distancing is highly encouraged for everyone who attends while we are in the current risk level.
- Masks are encouraged while attending church. Pastor will wear a mask before and after worship but not during so as to be clearly heard.
- Rows of chairs in the sanctuary are spaced out 6 feet apart. The number of chairs in the fellowship hall is reduced and we recommend sitting across from people not of the same household.
- Worship folders contain all hymns, Bible readings, and the order of service, and will be placed on seats in the sanctuary prior to each service. When leaving church, either take your worship folder home or immediately place your copy in the blue recycling bin.
- Children's bulletins and crayons will not be offered at this time. We encourage families to bring items from home, if needed. Children's bulletins can be downloaded from the church website (lotvlayton.org) under the "Worship" tab.
- Offering plates are not be passed out but will be placed on a stand at the entry to the sanctuary. We encourage you to use our paperless giving options, if you are not already doing so.
- Communion is done in a "continuous flow" fashion where confirmed members of Light of the Valley will line up one side at a time while standing 6 feet apart and then receiving the bread (body) and wine (blood) from separate individuals stationed behind the baptismal font and then blessed at the end of distribution by pastor. Each of the elements will be handed to you when you come up. Baskets will be placed near the side aisles to deposit your used communion cups. Those who prepare and serve the Lord's Supper will sanitize their hands and wear gloves.
- Doors entering the church building, the sanctuary, the restrooms, the fellowship hall, and the meeting rooms are propped open so as to avoid continuous contact. The side doors to the church (south side facing the parking lot) will be propped open after each worship service to allow for people to exit church and avoid bottlenecked groupings of people.
- Ushers now dismiss people at the end of worship one row at a time starting from the back of the sanctuary in order to avoid a bottleneck of people talking in the lobby or with Pastor. Pastor Klein greets people outside the front doors (west side facing Fairfield Rd) after worship.
- Hand sanitizer is available in the front entry way.
- High contact areas (such as doors, bathroom stall doors and counters, the nursery, etc.) are sanitized at the end of each service.
- Bible study guides are placed on the round tables in the fellowship hall prior to class. Whichever one you touch, please take it home or place it in your church mailbox. Please bring your own BIBLE and WRITING UTENSILS for Bible study so as to cut down on the amount of things needed to be sanitized each week. The online option of Google Meet will continue to be offered.
- Sunday school will resume meeting in person on September 13 at 9:15. Contact Wendy Klein, the Sunday School Director, for more details.
- An additional 8:00 AM service is offered as a way to lower overall attendance numbers per service and to help protect those who are considered part of the "High Risk" group.
- Online worship will continue on Facebook and Youtube, but the FIRESIDE CHATS on Facebook will not. If you think you might be sick, please stay home and worship online. Bible studies will still be recorded via Google Meet and posted online.
- No coffee or food will be offered at church at this time.
Throughout this time, many people around our nation are feeling stress, anxiety, fear, and worry. There are many things in the future that are uncertain, but our faith is sure, and our God will never leave us or forsake us. Let us continue to shine Jesus' light in this darkness, to praise God, "who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4
More Words of Comfort from our Lord
- The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
- The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
- I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
- No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-38)
More of God's Word during COVID-19
For more of Jesus’ voice during this time, check out the following resources that come from people within our national church body, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Many of them are updated frequently. So, continue to click the links to see what’s new.
Free digital editions of…
More Information About COVID-19
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Website
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines
Utah Department of Health
Davis County Health Department
Layton City News Updates