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Worship Service Information

Emmaus Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne IN: Guidelines for Worship under Covid-19 through June 13
As approved by the Board of Elders on May 4, 2020


These guidelines follow the document from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office, “Revised Guidance for Places of Worship,” from backontrack.in.gov, CDC requirements for social distancing and have been applied and modified for our needs at Emmaus Lutheran Church as of May 4, 2020. This document is applicable through Stage 3, projected until June 13. New information will go out before Sunday, June 14, informing you of our next steps in our process to hopefully return to our one regular 9 am service by Sunday, June 14. (If the governor eases restrictions, we will continue with our plan, as we feel this is the best option for Emmaus at this time. If he heightens the restrictions, we will inform you of adjustments.)


Service Information:

 May 10 and May 17: Three Divine Service Times - 9 am, 10 am, 11 am

  • Maximum of 25 in worship including Pastor, Organist and Fieldworker
  • Sign up necessary – Call the church office (260-459-7722, press "3") during office hours to reserve your time for worship and communion.
  • You time reserved will be for both Sundays, May 10 and May 17, to help keep this orderly. If you cannot make your time the following week, please contact the church office. M – F 9:00 am – Noon.
  • Abbreviated Divine Service III, lasting roughly 30 minutes with 3 - 4 minute Homily and Holy Communion. (allowing time in between for proper sanitizing)


 May 21: Ascension Divine Service: Two Services – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

    •  NOTE: 2:00 pm is ONLY for at risk members in the congregation: those over 65 and/or those who have an underlying at-risk health condition. 7:00 pm is for all. Same service.
    •  Sign Up rules apply as above.  


May 24, 31, June 7: Two Divine Service Times - 9 am and 10:30 am

  •  Maximum of 60 in worship including Pastor, Organist and Fieldworker
  •  Sign up necessary as above and reserve time spot will continue for all three Sundays. See above.


Additional Details for all Services:

    • No one should feel any pressure to attend these services or enter the building during these difficult times. Every family and each person’s situations are different, especially when dealing with serious concerns about health and safety. All are free in Christ to stay home and keep to themselves without guilt or judgment.
    • If you are over 65 and/or have an underlying at-risk health condition, we ask you to stay home and stay safe. Service will be recorded Sunday Morning and posted online.
    • All social distancing guidelines including six feet will be followed at all times from entering the building, through the service, until exiting the building.  You are highly encouraged to wear a mask upon entering the building. Pastor and Fieldworkers will be wearing masks, and fieldworkers will be wearing gloves for assistance with Holy Communion distribution.
    • Folding chairs used. There will be sanitizing between services and space and rows between chairs have been widened.
    • Seating for services will alternate: east side at 9 am and 11 am: west side at 10 am. You will be ushered to your seat to provide for proper distancing. Families may sit together.
    • All Services will be Divine Service with Holy Communion throughout May and June.
    • Holy Communion will be groups of four per table, only individual cups, and directed forward by the Fieldworker. Instructions given at the service. Tables will be sanitized between services.
    • If you wear a coat bring, please take it with you to your seat. No coat rack usage.
    • Bulletins will be placed on the chairs.  Please take your bulletin with you or you can place it in the yellow recycle bin as you leave.
    • Offering plates available as you enter or exit the sanctuary.

 Other information:

    • New Organ:  At this point on track for June 7, although shipping may be an issue at this time. We will keep you informed. Special Service planned for Sept. 13 with guest Organist Dr. Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago. (He instructed Mr. LaCroix, Joann Olsen and Pastor in music and organ!) More details later. Confirmation June 21: Hoping we will all be back together to celebrate with these young people. Questioning with Confirmands will be conducted by Pastor, with the parents only, prior to the service.
    • Phone number and email: Make sure your phone number is up to date with the church office for the All Call. If not on the email list, let us know. Also watch the website, emmausfortwayne.org
    • Offerings: thank you for continuing to bring forth your offerings to the Lord. As you know, the summer is always the hardest part of the year financially with no income from the school, so your continued giving is a blessing as we close out this budget year and look to a new budget year beginning July 1.

 In His Service and Yours,

The Board of Elders and Pastor Olsen


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  Emmaus Lutheran Church @ 8626 Covington Rd Ft. Wayne, IN 46804     260-459-7722   
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