When you hear your congregational leaders talk about our CMO, this is what they are speaking of.
Dear brothers and sisters of St. Peter’s, Eldorado,
On the afternoon of July 30th, 2020, Wisconsin Governor Evers issued a mandate that required mask-wearing in all public places, with certain exceptions. This applies also to religious services.
The subject of wearing masks has become a hotly-contested topic in our country. Those strong differences of opinions exist even among our members. We acknowledge that this mandate from our governor will be welcomed by some of our members and will upset others. Some might feel more comfortable coming to church with this mandate, while others who have been coming may now choose to remain home.
It is not the responsibility of St. Peter’s to actively police and enforce the wearing of masks in our sanctuary. What’s more, County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt has publicly stated that he has no intentions to enforce the mandate (see below). However, our Lord reminds us in places like Romans 13:1-6 and I Peter 2:13-17 that we are called to “submit to the governing authorities.” These words include every law and mandate that comes from our government officials, regardless of whether we agree with them or not, with the exception if they command us to act and speak against our Lord (Acts 5:29). Therefore, out of love for God and obedience to the 4th Commandment, we ask that all members who plan on worshiping in person would be masked unless they fall under the list of exceptions in the official document from our governor, which can be found here.
If you do not have a mask yet, disposable masks are on-hand at church for your use.
Thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times. May God continue to bless the ministry of St. Peter’s.
Pastor Aaron Odya
The building and grounds committee is planning a special maintenance day at St. Peter’s on Saturday, August 1st, beginning at 8 am. We are looking for help from all ages and men and women to assist with a number of projects that have been stacking up. A ‘to-do’ list has been linked to this announcement if you are interested in learning more. A ‘build-your-own-sub’ bar will be provided for lunch, as well as water and other refreshments throughout the day. If you are able to help, please let Pastor Odya know.
On Thursday, June 18th, our sister-in-Christ, Arlene Albrecht, went to our Heavenly Father’s side. On Saturday, June 27th, her son Mike, grandson Jason, and Charlie Becker planted a lilac tree in her memory, close to the red leaf maple tree that was planted on our campus almost 30 years prior in memory of Arlene’s husband, Roland.
The last time Mike drove his mother from the hospital back to Harbor Haven in FdL, she asked him to stop the car so she could smell the lilac trees. We welcome this new edition to our church campus.
On Tuesday, May 26th the church council met to finalize plans to reopen the church for public worship on Sunday, May 31st. In that meeting, they also drafted a letter that is being sent out in the mail the next day. That letter explains what members can expect and the practices they are to follow as they return to public worship. If you would like to read the letter, click here.
To view the results of the survey that was sent out to all our members, click here.
We look forward to joining with you in worship once again!