Welcome to 

Saint Michael's Lutheran Church 

in Winchester, Texas.

Dear Members and Friends of Saint Michael’s,

As you are all aware, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state and in our county has increased dramatically over the last few weeks.  While we had previously hoped to loosen our approach toward Worship and Bible Study beginning in July, the current trajectory of the health situation will prevent us from being able to do so.  At the July's Elders’ Meeting, the Elders made a number of decisions related to protecting the health of our attendees at our Worship Services and Bible Studies. I fully support the Elders’ actions in this area as we all work together to show care for our neighbors’ health.

Beginning immediately, our approach to health precautions at Worship Services and Bible Studies will be the following:

  • We will continue with using a drive-in format for our Worship Services on Sunday Mornings following the same procedures that we have used in the past few months.
  • The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study will continue to meet in the sanctuary following church, however, all who enter the sanctuary will be required to wear a mask or face covering and sanitize their hands upon entry and exit.  Those who would prefer to participate in the Bible Study in their vehicles will still be able to do so by listening in to the radio broadcast.
  • Decisions regarding the Children’s Sunday School will be made by the Board of Education.  Information will be communicated as it becomes available.
  • The Wednesday Morning Bible Class will continue to meet in the Education Building at 9:30 am.  However, all participants will be required to wear a mask or face covering and sanitize their hands upon entry and exit.  Those who would like to participate in this class remotely rather than in person should contact me so that we can make accommodations for this to take place.

If you will be participating in a Bible Study that requires a mask or face covering, please bring your own from home if you have one.  If you do not, we do have masks available that we can provide to participants.  Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entry to the Sanctuary and Education Building.

Also, please consider your own risk factors before participating in any in-person events.  The State of Texas guidelines ask churches to strongly encourage the at-risk population to participate in services remotely.  The at-risk population are “those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system.”

We also ask that you monitor your own health situation for the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

If you are exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, we ask that you not participate in our in-person Bible Studies or in the Lord’s Supper at this time.

I commend our congregation for your commitment to faithfully hearing God’s Word and participating in Worship during this trying time.  Thank you for being willing to adapt to different practices for the sake of the wellbeing of your neighbors.  

Please contact me at any time if you have questions or if you would just like to talk.  I am available 24/7 at my cell number listed below.


In Christ,
Pastor Nate

979-966-8036

 

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:00am

 Drive-in Worship Service

10:15am 

Adult Bible Class - Sanctuary

10:15am 

Children's Sunday School - Education Building

Contact Information

Phone: 979-242-3444

Email: 

secretary@stmichaelswinchester.org

Facebook: 

@smlcwinchestertx 

 

 

Address: 

700 Frio Street 

Winchester, TX 78945

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