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letters from Pastor Tom

July 1, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Tuesday was a busy day. Had three meetings. Several of the items we discussed have an effect on you. Some you need to know right away while others are for your information in which you will have to act upon in the near future. Here we go:

1) Meeting with Music and Worship along with Church Council, we have decided to move the Drive-In Worship Service from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The reason why we made this change is to get ahead of the heat in July and August. Please spread the word. We have listened to your ideas. Other changes may occur in terms of location and parking. Thank you for being flexible.

2) My ordination is coming up. Right now, it is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. It will be hosted at my home church of Shepherd of the Hill in Lockport, IL. The concern is the number of people who will come to the event. I know it is a late start. It will be an outdoor service. Hopefully, we will have means to record the event. If you are interested in coming, please let Eloide know by July 7th. I need to give Shepherd of the Hill numbers on how many plan on attending.

3) This is the big one. Please keep an eye for more information. The Church Council put forth a motion to go ahead with repair of the air conditioning unit for the church. The cost is approximately 36,000 to 38,000. The church has an estimate, but it is a couple of months old. We plan on requesting a new estimate immediately. With the heat of July through the early part of September, we really cannot entertain worshiping in the church building until this is fixed. Because of the amount, the church cannot proceed without a congregational vote. As soon as we receive a current estimate, you will receive, by constitutional guidelines, a notice of when that meeting will occur. I really cannot give you any more information on the date until we get the estimate. This is a heads up of what is coming. More information will come. Be patient.

4) A bonus: Our garden is beginning to produce. Peas are almost ready, and squash is very close. We have decided to put a table for produce by the mask bench for anyone who would like some fresh veggies. It will be open to everyone in the community.

Peace of the Lord be with you always. Stay cool. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to your church.

Pastor Tom


St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, IL - ELCA


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