“Respect the disease. Do not take unnecessary risks. Provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the neighbor. Make use of medical aid. Care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.”

She shared that, “in 1527 the plague returned to Wittenberg, Germany. Two hundred years earlier the plague had swept across Europe killing up to 40% of the population. Understandably, people were anxious and wondered what a safe and faithful response might be. In answer to this, Martin Luther wrote “Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague.” In it, he emphasized the duty to care for the neighbor, the responsibility of government to protect and provide services to its citizens, a caution about recklessness, and the importance of science, medicine and common sense.”  During this time of need, we need to remember God’s promises and faithfulness. Jesus’ resurrection provides us with hope in the midst of fear and anxiety. Our worship together is a testament to God’s love as we pray for those suffering from Covid-19, for caretakers, health care workers, and first responders, for government officials and as we prepare ourselves to be sent to care for our neighbors.  As we head on this Journey to Generosity and all practice the social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, we would like to care for those in our congregation and community at this time who are at high risk  – those 60 years and older and those with underlying health conditions – who would like assistance with getting groceries and medications. The school district may need assistance in delivering breakfasts and lunches to children who normally rely upon the school for these meals. Parents may need help with childcare.

If you are willing to volunteer in Luck – and we need both our youth and adults to help – please email or call Pastor Greg at 715-419-0010 or the church office and indicate in what ways you are willing to assist.
If you need assistance, please call the church office.

As Martin Luther wrote:

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.

Thanks be to God!

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton message to the church regarding the coronavirus pandemic