Christ Our Savior, welcome back to your Father's house.
We are excited to offer in-person corporate worship again for those that are able and ready to gather. We will still be providing an online worship experience for those that are not able to join us, any time of the year. We will continue to offer (and record) our online Bible Studies and other online resources for your continued growth in the Word at home and with your families. 

We welcome you to join us for in-person worship at 8:30am or 11:00am. 

We will also begin  Sunday in-person Adult Bible study, Catechism, and Sunday school at 9:45am on September 20. Read more...

Questions and Answers

We have tried to consider the questions that you may be asking as you consider joining us for in-person worship. Please look through these questions and answers. If you have a question or concern that we did not answer please contact the church office or Pastor Davenport . 

Is it responsible to re-open at this time?

The governor has lifted the stay-at-home order as of June 1st. Governor Whitmer has never said that churches could not meet. We chose to suspend our in-person worship out of concern and love for the safety of our members and community. It is now time to gather and offer corporate worship for the well being of our members and community.

What actions is COS taking to help limit the likelihood of the spreading coronavirus?

Our building has continued to be cleaned throughout the pandemic and many common surfaces will be sanitized between services. Doors will be propped open and things that we normally touch will not be utilized such as the friendship pad, offering plates, and hymnals. We will be ushering people in and out of the pews that are specific to each service. COS will provide hand sanitation stations for your use and masks will be worn. We ask that anyone who is not feeling well or has been exposed to the virus please stay home and contact the office if you have tested positive for Covid-19.

How many people will be in each service? Is there a sign up process?

We plan to re-open at about 25% capacity putting us at about 120-150 people in the sanctuary. Each service will have dedicated rows and ushers will help seat each group. The church doors will open 1/2 hour before the service begins.

We will not use a sign up for these services as we want all people to feel welcome and to have the chance to join us for worship. We do have plans in place for overflow if our space fills up.

Will you continue to offer the online service experience?

If you are not able or ready to join us for our corporate worship service, we invite you to participate in the recorded service that will be posted late Sunday morning. We plan to record and post the 8:30am service and expect it will be ready online by 11:00am every Sunday morning. You can find those recordings on our Worship at Home page.

What will look different in each service?

Our services will look much like our online service. We will not share the peace, pass an offering plate, or pass the friendship pads. We encourage you to use our online check-in to let us know you were with us. We will not use hymnals. Bulletins will be available for you to pick up if you choose to use one. We will use the screens for all portions of our worship service. We will still have Confession & Absolution, the Word will be read & taught on, and prayers of the people will be lifted up.

How will offering be accepted?

We will have a box available for you to drop your offering in if you choose to worship in-person with us. We will continue to accept offering through the mail, your financial institution or by using the online giving tool on our website. 

Will I be required to wear a mask?

We strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask  for the safety and comfort of our community. We will have masks available if you do not have one of your own. 

Will volunteers be wearing  masks?

Yes. Our volunteers are here to serve you and we understand that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of germs.

Will singing be a part of our worship service?

Yes.  Singing will be part of our worship services. Singing is one of the ways we express our faith and grow in our faith. There are contradictory reports on how much singing spreads the virus. Christ Our Savior feels that we have taken precautions to minimize the danger that singing may cause by social distancing & wearing masks.

Will there be communion at the services? What will be procedure for communion?

Beginning in July we will offer the Lord's Supper following our regular schedule. (1st & 3rd Sundays at 8:30am, 2nd & 4th Sundays at the 11:00am, and 5th Sundays at both services)
 We will continue to use the pre-packaged, individual communion wine and wafers. We will not congregate at the communion rail.

How can I receive communion if I choose not to attend in-person worship services? 

If you do not attend our in-person worship and wish to receive communion you may contact the Pastors or the church office to make arrangements for you and your family to receive communion.

Will there be Bible Studies and Sunday School offered on site?

No. Our online Sunday morning Bible Studies will continue to be taught and recorded by our Pastors. You can find those recordings on our Bible Study at Home page. You can sign up to be sent a link to join our online Bible Studies in real-time  here. We will continue to offer resources for families through the summer months.  We encourage everyone to grow in their faith together, at home or in our building. Support, encourage, and have faith conversations with the people you are connected to.

Will Bible Breakfast or Coffee be avaialbe?

At this time we will not be providing coffee or Bible Breakfast. We encourage you to come fully hydrated and fed. We look forward to being able to offer these fellowship opportunities again in the future. 

What other parts of the church building will be accessible?

The bathrooms by the glass doors will be open and available. The lounge will be open for families with young children who need to step out during the service. Doors will be propped open. The rest of the building will be closed including the nursery, classrooms, early childhood wing, offices, and other bathrooms. 

Where should I enter and exit the building?

Please enter and exit through the doors under the canopy. The doors will be propped open to minimize the surfaces that you need to touch and ushers will show you to your seats and dismiss you from your seats. The church building will be open a 1/2 hour before the service begins. We ask that you fellowship outside at a safe distance.

Will volunteers be needed? If so, who do I contact if I am willing to help?

Yes. We will utilize volunteers from our usher teams and our elders.  You will be contacted. All volunteers will be wearing masks as they serve you. If you are interested in serving on a team please contact Linda Hollman

Please continue to use the online check in to let us know you were in worship with us- online or in-person.

What is staying the same or continuing?

As we move back to in-person worship we understand that not everyone will be ready or able to return at the same time. We also know that many of our members and guests have found the online resources beneficial. We understand that this pandemic has affected us and the way we do and think about ministry in deep ways.
Christ Our Savior wants to support you where you are at and in many different ways. We have chosen to continue recording and posting our worship services online. We will also continue to host, record, and post online Bible Studies for the summer. We will continue to foster and create an online community through our FB group and our blogs. We will continue to look for ways to support you and your family in their faith journey with Jesus through online means. We encourage you to continue to build on the faith conversations that you have had with each. Support, encourage, and lift one another up always pointing each other to Jesus.

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