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Coronavirus Message from Pastor Dana – March 16, 2020

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all of you who helped make yesterday’s worship work!! We were able to transition from all of us gathering, to just a few present and most online via Facebook, to what we’ll see in the future — all of us on Facebook. We also learned that we are able to do our music without running into any online streaming problems. 

So starting this Sunday (March 22), and for as long as necessary, our Sunday worship will occur only online via Facebook. Make sure you are sitting in front of your computers at 9:30 each Sunday to participate in worship (and I do mean participate). 

Also, all other COG in-person meetings are cancelled. That means no more Lenten midweek meals or other COG meetings at this time. (We are a polling place on Tuesday, and it looks like that is still on.) At this point, the plan is to have someone at COG for a couple hours each day, although that may change at any time so please feel free to contact me on my cell at 414-916-3241.

 I recognize that all this uncertainty makes it all the more important that we stay connected in whatever ways we can. So we’ll try to take advantage of the interactive features of Facebook to keep us all connected during Sunday worship. And we will try to use technology to meet in other ways — more info on that later. 

I also realize that this is a scary time for all of us. Our health, our finances, our relationships — pretty much our entire “normal” way of life — are changing very quickly in very challenging ways. We all know that we are facing some difficult times ahead, and that our “new normal” will look pretty different for awhile. (“Hunker down” was the phrase I heard this morning.) It is very important that we all take the Coronavirus situation seriously by following CDC and other government recommendations. But remember everyone — we are in this together.  And we need to be there for each other — not physically in many cases, but in other ways – phone, email, letters, texts, chatting online, and in whatever other creative ways we can do that. And we need to be aware of friends, family and neighbors who may be in at-risk or frontline groups. I’d love to hear your ideas on what we can do for them as well. 

Finally, everyone — please try to extend a bit more grace to others. We are all dealing with slightly different concerns and situations. As Christians, we always need to approach others with empathy and love, but even more so at this time. And people of God, don’t ever forget — God is in this; we are not alone. 

This situation is changing hour by hour, so please check your email and our Facebook and website often for updates and other information. And if you’re not on Facebook already, please consider joining so you can be a part of our Sunday worship. 

Here are links to our sites:

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Facebook page (this is our publick site where we’ll have Sunday worship): 

https://www.facebook.com/CrossOfGloryHomerGlen/

Our smaller Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/73511614150/

Cross of Glory website:  https://crossofglory.com/

May God be with you all,

Dana

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Watch our Service on Facebook

From Pastor Dana O’Brien – Saturday, March 21, 2020…

Hi everyone,

If you’ve got a virtual worship place, that’s wonderful. But if your congregation isn’t worshiping, I invite you to join us at Cross of Glory on Sunday morning via Facebook live. Click here to go to our Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Facebook site and join us promptly at 9:30. The service will be on the screen, so be prepared to participate by speaking the prayers and confession aloud, sharing your own prayers and other comments, and singing the songs. 

So for those of you who aren’t on Facebook, sign up before the next service. 

And please extend us a bit of grace. We’re trying to be good models of our governor’s shelter in place order, so we’re streaming worship with just two people.

The Order of Worship for the April 5, 2020 service is available here.

Shortly after each service, we will add the video of the service to the Sermons and Service Videos area (click here) in the “Common Links” area of the web page.

 

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In the Loop: 03/15/2020

    • PFLAG Meeting – March 31st (Cancelled)
    • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
    • April Women’s Event – April 2 (The Greatest Showman at the Rialto) (Cancelled)

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Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser – Friday, May 1st

We will hold our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta fundraiser for Centro Infantil de los Angeles, on Friday, May 1st starting at 6PM. We are accepting donations for raffle baskets and monetary donations for the benefit of the daycare at Centro Infantil.

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In the Loop: 03/08/2020

  • PFLAG Meeting – March 31st
  • Soup Suppers in Lent – Wednesdays at 6:00 starting March 4
  • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
  • April Women’s Event – April 2 (The Greatest Showman at the Rialto)
  • Welcome Place Preschool
    • Pancake Breakfast and Open HouseMarch 15
    • Open House – April 25

»Download the March 8, 2020 In the Loop Newsletter

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April Women’s Event – Thursday, April 2

This event is cancelled because it falls withing the “Stay at Home” period.

Join us for Reels at the Rialto!

Just $5.00 gets you in to see the Academy Award winning film The Greatest Showman.  General admission tickets can be purchased at the box office in advance or at the Rialto the day of the show.

Please sign up in advance so we know how many to expect.  Interested in grabbing dinner before the show?  Just let Nicole Morin or Debbie Murtaugh know so we can make some plans!

Rialto Square Theatre
102 North Chicago Street
Joliet IL 60432
(815) 726-6600

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Newsletter: March, 2020

Be sure to read up on all that is happening this March.  Details are updated on events and programs through web articles and the calendar.

March Newsletter Includes:

  • What’s coming up on Sundays in March
  • Prayer Beads
  • Wednesday Soup Suppers & The Gospel of John
  • Easter Egg Hunt April 11
  • Book Club — Becoming
  • Annual Meeting 
  • Frozen in July VBS
  • Preschool Pancake Breakfast March 15
  • Preschool Open House March 15
  • Day Light Savings Time March 8
  • Financial Update
  • Easter Dates

»Download March 2020 Newsletter

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In the Loop: 03/01/2020

  • PFLAG Meeting – March 31st
  • Soup Suppers in Lent – Wednesdays at 6:00 starting March 4
  • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
  • Welcome Place Preschool
    • Pancake Breakfast and Open HouseMarch 15
    • Open House – April 25

»Download the March 1, 2020 In the Loop Newsletter

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In the Loop: 02/23/2020

  • PFLAG Meeting – February 25th
  • Ash Wednesday Services – Noon and 7:00 pm
  • Women’s Group Plays Phase 10 – February 28
  • Soup Suppers in Lent – Wednesdays at 6:00 starting March 4
  • Book Club – March 26 (Becoming by Michelle Obama)
  • Confirmation Class
  • New Bible Studies
  • Welcome Place Preschool Open HouseApril 25

»Download the February 23, 2020 In the Loop Newsletter

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VBS 2020 – Frozen in July VBS

VBS: JULY 27-30 (Monday thru Thursday) from 9:00 am – Noon. Each day focuses on a different movie.

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