The Board of Elders recently reviewed and discussed our Pandemic Procedures that are currently being used at Zion. We seek to follow the exhortation provided in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” It is important for the church to meet together, in person.

We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.”  We have a responsibility to ensure that we do not bring harm to our neighbor and fellow members of the congregation. 

Information about this unique virus is imperfect and the world is learning more about it each day. As Elders, we are not experts but instead are deferring to the experts living out their vocations. Generally, there seems to be consensus that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily spread through airborne droplets. Also, some experts have noted that individuals may be contagious 2-3 days prior to having symptoms (and may not show any symptoms at all.)

At the current time, the Elders have decided to continue with the current Pandemic Procedures including physical distancing and masks for all attendees. We have not made this decision out of coercion or government mandate, but instead out of our expression of love for our neighbor. We recognize that masks are not 100% effective and also recognize the primary purpose of wearing the mask is for protection of your neighbor by reducing the number of your droplets in the air. All four health systems in Columbus (OSU, Mount Carmel, OhioHealth, Nationwide Children’s) have instituted “mask for all” policies to limit the spread in their facilities. We will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations to evaluate when changes are necessary to our approach.

We know the small groups and wearing a mask makes worship feel different, creates distractions, and can be frustrating. It is indeed not the way worship is supposed to be! But Christ still comes to us in Word and Sacrament to fill and sustain us in our daily lives. We are gathered and He is present.

For those that are not yet comfortable to attend or unable to attend, please continue to hear His Word through our videos on YouTube and reach out to Pastor Hromowyk to arrange private Communion.

We are extremely thankful for Pastor Hromowyk’s faithful service to us during this pandemic and appreciative of the extra care both he and Vicar Twietmeyer have been taking to keep the congregation safe while feeding us with God’s gifts.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Elders if you have concerns or have been impacted by the current events and the church can be of assistance. Please pray that God would put an end to this Pandemic NOW.

Christ is Risen and Ascended! Alleluia!

 

 

 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

 

Saturday Services,  3:00 P.M. with Holy Communion;
Sunday Services  8:00 AM & 10:30 AM, with Holy Communion;

Wednesday Compline Services are at 7:00 PM

Before attending services, please follow these guidelines for your health and safety.

Please visit our YouTube Channel or Facebook Page for links to recorded services. 
Service Bulletins are available below.

 





 

COMMUNION STATEMENT
Special note to our visitors and guests: Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, are kindly asked to refrain from partaking of the Sacrament until first speaking with our Pastor.