July 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

July 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

July 2, 2020

Haven Lutheran Church


Starting Friday, July 17, we will add a summer FRIDAY 5 PM WORSHIP service IN THE SANCTUARY. Two reasons for the switch from Saturday to Friday. 1) Since we also tape worship on Fridays, this will limit usage of the sanctuary to one day. If we limit the usage of the sanctuary to one day a week, the current CDC guidelines assure us that any of those COVID microbe will die before the next usage in seven days.  2) The second reason is for your pastor’s wellbeing. During this COVID time, I found that taking my usual Tuesdays off did not work for a variety of reasons. Thus Saturday has become my one day off a week. Spreading worship over three days would eliminate that one day of rest.
Everything else about this summer afternoon service will remain the same. It is casual, follows the usual liturgy of worship but has no music or singing and average attendance was usually between 10-18. Those factors make it a good choice to be the service we first try in our sanctuary, practicing social distancing and wearing face covering. Holy communion with the one element of bread/wafers will also be offered.











From DE-MD Synod Bishop Bill Gohl’s weekly COVID Update

Plan the Work, Work the Plan
An update, I am trying to keep track of those congregations and ministries who have completed their plans for in-person gatherings, those who are in or moving back into in-person gatherings, and those who have made some statement of opening in a later phase. At this point, roughly 30% of our congregations and ministries are offering some kind of in-person worship gatherings; another 20% have a plan in place or a date to offer some kind of in-person worship gatherings; another 25% are still planning or have already decided to wait for a longer period of time. I continue to be impressed, amazed and overwhelmed by your leadership and good work, planning the work and working the plan. Be reminded of resources for this work which are updated regularly on our Covid-19 page on our synod website.

The Church is not closed
The Church is not closed and I see signs of it throughout our synod! Our Synod’s Creation Care Team is rolling out the Climate Charter as part of their ongoing work of helping us be more informed stewards of the environment. Pastor Sandy Carlson Alexis (First English, Baltimore) invited neighbors to join in the work of making sandwiches for Manna House – she posted the invitation for folks to make a loaf of sandwiches (mindful of CDC guidelines for food preparation) to help and then did a sandwich patrol to pick-up the gifts of their neighbors! The Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Delaware Directing Committee is organizing substantial renovations for both Paul’s Chapel and Bonhoeffer House which will bless a generation! Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Staff are working with Youth Workers from across our synod to produce the Online VBS program we are offering in August! Thanks for being the body of Christ alive in the world!

With my love and prayers,

William (Bill) Gohl, Jr., Bishop
Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA


PASTOR ALESSANDRI IS OFF FRIDAY, JULY 3 AND SATURDAY, JULY 4. But do not hesitate to call if there is an emergency. 301-745-4216

WORSHIP AT HAVEN THIS WEEKEND Our on-line worship service premiere’s on Sunday at 9:30 am but you can view it any time after that, too.  Weather permitting, Drive-up and Outdoor worship service on Sunday at 9:30 am.