COVID-19 RESPONSE
UPDATED MAY 14, 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.

As of May 7, 2020, both our state and county health departments have stated that churches may begin worshiping in person again while taking extreme social distancing precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is to resume worship in person on SUNDAY, MAY 31 to give us time to plan, organize, and implement appropriate safety measures. Please take this survey to help us prepare. 

 
Until May 31...

  • Worship Services will be online only. You can access this through our Facebook page or YouTube channel on Sunday morning at or after 10:30 a.m. MT. Worship folders containing the order of worship and hymns are available HERE. Please share these links with friends, family, and others who may not currently be able to gather together with others to hear God's Word.
  • Bible class will be conducted through Google Meet and then posted later on Facebook and Youtube at 9:15 a.m. MT on Sunday mornings (currently studying the book of Daniel). For instructions on how to join, click HERE. The Sunday evening Bible Information Class will meet at 6:30 p.m. MT also via Google Meet. 
  • Lutheran Recovery Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. MT. Please contact Faith York (920-691-2332; gizmo619@sbcglobal.net) for further instructions.
  • Arts & Crafts will meet via Google Meet on every first and third Tuesday of the month  at 1:00 pm  MT. Contact Brenda (801-663-0015; sahrow@yahoo.com) for details and to get an official invite.   
  • Book Club will meet via Google Meet on every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm MT. Contact Wendy (wnk1029@gmail.com) for details and to get an official invite.
  • All other activities normally held at church are currently canceled or postponed, including choir practices, potlucks, AA meetings, and special needs worship services.
  • As the church continues to operate, so we will also continue to need your offerings. The best way to give right now is electronically, which you can do from our website HERE or from the GivePlus app from Vanco. Contact our Financial Secretary, Ben Heidfeld (finsec@lotvlayton.org or 435-740-0643) for any help you need or for alternative giving options.
  • We will be continue to join together in prayer via our prayer chain. Click HERE for information on how to subscribe to the emails or request a prayer.  
  • Church leadership will remain in contact with member families in the coming weeks to see how we can continue to serve you throughout this time.  lease call, text, or email Pastor Klein if you would like to set up a visit. (Email: pastorklein@lotvlayton.org, Mobile: 385-319-1026)
 

Beginning May 31...

The following are the precautionary measures planned to be taken by Light of the Valley upon 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 will be 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 will 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 will be 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 will be 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 will be propped open so as to avoid continuous contact. The side doors to the church (south side facing the parking lot) will be locked. We ask all people to only use the front doors (west side facing Fairfield Rd). Please refrain from using the side doors of the sancutary leading to the fellowship hall and Sunday School room. No one should go into the Sunday School room at this time unless necessary. This will reduce the amount of sanitizing needed to be done each week.
  • Ushers will 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 will GREET people outside the front doors (west side facing Fairfield Rd) after worship.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the front entry way.
  • High contact areas (such as doors, bathroom stall doors and counters, the nursery, etc.) will be sanitized at the end of each service.
  • Bible study guides will be 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 not meet in person. Wendy Klein will be providing materials for families for the summer. Contact her for more details.
  • An additional 8:00 AM service will be 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.

RESOURCES

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.

·       Safe in God’s Word While Safe At Home” Bible studies from Northwestern Publishing House.
·       COVID-19 Devotions” from WELS Pastor Collin Vanderhoof.
·       Free digital editions of…
o   Forward in Christ magazine.
o   Meditations daily devotion book.
·       Devotions for the entire family.
·       Kids Connection videos.
·       Coronavirus Guide for Kids” by Christian Family Solutions (CFS).
·       5 Quarantine Coping Tips” by CFS.
·       Time of Grace Video weekday topical devotions: youtube.com/timeofgrace
o   Evening Encouragement with Pastor Jeremy.

More Information About COVID-19

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Website
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines (3.16.2020)
Utah Department of Health
Davis County Health Department
Layton City News Updates