Indoor Service attendance suspended.
Following guidance from the state and county health departments and the Northwest Synod, the Church Council voted unanimously on November 17 to close our services to in-person attendance until further notice. Although our members and guests have been diligent with masking and social-distancing during services the past two months, we judged the ongoing risk to be simply too high, considering the rise in virus cases locally in recent weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and resume indoor attendance as soon as we are given clearance by health authorities. Your safety is our uppermost concern!
Call committee update!
Our church Call Committee has completed its preliminary work, and our congregation's Mission Site Profile (MSP) has been posted to the ELCA website. For more details, see the Call Committee page on this site.
Live-streaming rolls on!
We continue to live-stream our services on our church Facebook page. If you are unable to view the service when it goes live at 9am, please remember that it remains on our page as a recording, and can be viewed later in its entirety. We have been averaging well over 100 "views" per service, with our Christmas Eve service recording a record 230!
A team of volunteers is now handling our live-streaming, utilizing the church's new Kindle Fire tablet. Current members of the team are Dave & Sue Tindell, Bobbi Freitag, Rande & Judy Purdy, Tom and Julie Telitz, and Stuart and Kris Schaefer. If you are a "techie" (or would like to be one, even a little bit), we can always find room for you as our electronic ministry expands. Please contact our Webmaster, Dave Tindell, by phone at 715-651-1956 or email at email@example.com.
Get to know us via YouTube!
Many of our church activities, including sermons, choir performances and entire services, are available to you on our YouTube channel. Just click on the YouTube button on the left (the one next to the Facebook button with the f), and you're there! Discover the joys of 'Tubing!
"Simply Giving" is a way to support your church!
Most of our congregation contributes to the financial health of our church by giving an offering during Sunday services, but if you're concerned about attending services due to the pandemic, other means are available for you to continue your support. You may send a check to our church directly, or you may utilize Simply Giving. If you choose to go that route, your monthly donation can be sent directly from your bank account on the date of your choosing. It's convenient, easy and completely safe. Please contact the church office for more information. And now, we have yet another way for you to contribute, and it's even easier! ↓
Helping our ministry is now just a click away!
You have probably noticed the gold button on our website pages, located to the left and under the Facebook and YouTube buttons. By clicking on this DONATE button, you can now contribute to our ministry. Donations can be made either one at a time or a regular contribution can be established, and you can donate by using a credit card or setting up direct withdrawal from your bank account. The process is operated by the same company we utilize for Simply Giving, and is completely secure. Feel free to give it a try, and thanks in advance for helping us spread the Good News!
Sure, it happens up here. If worship services are cancelled because of bad weather, an announcement will be made on radio station WJMC in Rice Lake (96.1 FM or 1240 AM), the Sunday School will be notified to call their students and the prayer chain will be activated to notify parishioners by telephone. During the week, when school activities are cancelled in Spooner and/or Rice Lake because of severe weather, all church activities will be cancelled as well, and the church office will be closed. In case of heavy snowfall and the schools are delayed or not closed, the church office will not open until 10:30 a.m. in order to give the plows or sanding trucks an opportunity to open the roads for travel.
Help us make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Although the pandemic shutdown has kept our choirs from rehearsing and performing, the time is coming when we'll be able to raise that joyful noise again! And we'll have room for you! If you'd like to (eventually) join the Celebration Singers choir and/or the Joyful Ringers tone chimes choir (you can do both), contact our Director of Music Ministry, Kris Knutson, by calling the church, or you can send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.