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Archive for ◊ March, 2020 ◊

Devotion for April 1, Fifth Wednesday in Lent

On this final Wednesday in Lent, Pastor Amanda shares a devotion centered on Holy Communion.

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Your April GA News for Lutherans Is Now Available

Check out the latest edition of the monthly GA Newsletter here.

Stay safe!

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Online Worship: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Please join us as we gather virtually and celebrate community despite separation.

This is our worship service for March 29,2020…here is the link to today’s service.

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An Evening Devotion for March 25

Pam Siebert shares parts of her faith journey with us here.

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Gustavus Adolphus Extends Closure Until May 1

Because the threat posed by Coronavirus continues to expand, the church council has made the difficult decision to keep our doors closed until May 1. All activities are cancelled. Worship will continue to be held online, including during Holy Week. Call 651-774-5954 or email church@gachurch.org for more information.

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A Lenten Devotion for March 25

Senior Pastor John Hierlinger on the meaning of baptism. Here is the link.

 

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Virtual Worship for March 22

Please join us online…here is the link.

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Reflections for this Sunday from Pastor Amanda

Join Pastor Amanda in her home as she shares a morning devotional with us.

You can find today’s Gospel reading here.

You can find Pastor Amanda’s reflection here.

God’s blessings to you on this Sabbath.

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Gustavus Adolphus Campus Closes Until March 27

How Does Gustavus Adolphus Best Serve

Our Community In These Difficult Times?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Friends and Neighbors;

 

At the heart of our mission at Gustavus Adolphus is “to be a GAteway of faith with our city, neighborhood, and each other.” This afternoon, your church council and staff met to discuss how we proceed in this unsettling time of illness. To be faithful to our mission we have made this decision:

 

GA Will Close Our Campus on March 14, 2020 until at least March 27, 2020

 

This novel coronavirus that is spreading will, we are told, be an inconvenience to many who are infected…a mild cold. But for our most vulnerable populations it can be much more severe.

 

It is more important for Gustavus to be a congregation that offers extra caution and care rather than being a place where the coronavirus could spread. This is not an easy decision and it is disappointing not to be able to gather together in person, but we are confident that it is the wisest and most boldly loving step we can take.

 

We are closing to thoroughly sanitize our building and to not be another source of infection. We are incredibly sad to cancel worship, but it needs to be done. The medical community is saying that the key to managing this illness is to slow it down. We can help do that by minimizing public gatherings at GA.

 

We cannot allow “social distancing” to distance us as a community, however. If you are feeling isolated or alone, call us at church! We are here for you. Also, please be sure to reach out to your friends from GA and stay connected that way.

 

Early next week we will be announcing additional outreach ministries that we hope you’ll consider supporting as we get through this together. It is a difficult time for us, but our faith reminds us that in the midst of it all, God remains faithful and present. Reach out to your pastors with prayer requests or concerns. Though we will be apart, we remain Christ’s body:

 

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, [or pandemic!], or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:35, 37-39)

 

Pastor John Hierlinger

Pastor Amanda Simons

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