Update on the church shutdown:
The coronavirus outbreak, and subsequent shutdown orders from the State of Wisconsin, resulted in our church closing its doors to in-person services beginning with Sunday, March 22. With the state-wide orders now lifted and county restrictions eased, the Long Lake Lutheran Church Council met on Tuesday, May 19, to consider how and when to re-open our church and grounds to in-person services.
Ordinarily, we would begin outdoor services (weather permitting) on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 this year). The Council discussed the logistical challenges of holding an outdoor service in our chapel while maintaining social-distancing and sanitary conditions. It was noted that our Northwest Synod and the Wisconsin Council of Churches had recommended, in a Synod-wide conference held on May 5, that services not be held, indoors or out, until well into the summer, if then, and perhaps not until a vaccine is made available. The Long Lake Council voted to table the question of re-opening for outdoor services until its next meeting on June 16. In the meantime, "virtual" services will continue.
Beginning with March 22, we have been conducting our services in a "virtual" manner, with live-streams on Facebook that began on Easter Sunday. You can access the live stream by clicking on the blue Facebook button to the left. (Note: you must have your own Facebook account to participate.) The services will also be uploaded to our church YouTube page, accessible here on the website by clicking on the red YouTube button to the left. Each Sunday's service will be available on YouTube by 2 p.m. that day. Information about the online services is updated weekly on the "Messages From the Heart" page of the site, with Pastor Ron's sermons on the "Sermons" page. Pastor Ron and our lay leadership will continually monitor the situation and keep our congregation informed of any updates.
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 red YouTube button on the left, 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 with our church doors closed temporarily 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!
Columbarium project underway!
Construction of our new columbarium has begun! The base has been put into the ground, and the columbarium itself will be delivered soon. Following its installation on the site, follow-up landscaping work will be done, with expected completion of the project by Labor Day. Formal guidelines for use of the columbarium will be posted soon on the "Cemetery Regulations" page of this website. For more information, please contact our cemetery sextons, Bob Papendieck or Cheri Weingartner. Their contact information is listed on the "Staff" page.
Play ball...we hope!
The pandemic has caused Major League Baseball to postpone the start of the 2020 season, and at this writing it appears the season will not start until around July 1, with a revised schedule. The bad news: our planned trip to Target Field in Minneapolis on June 17 to see the Twins play the Brewers won't be happening. The good news: all indications are that the revised schedule will include at least one Brewers-Twins series in Minneapolis! So it's still possible we will be able to have a bus trip to a game this summer. Updates will be posted here when they're available.
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: email@example.com.