St. Peter's Lutheran Church

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church
WELS - Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Pastor Wayne Oblender of Aurora, Nebraska has accepted the call to serve as our pastor.  His installation service will be Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m.    Light refreshments will be served after the service.
        Pastor Oblender has served the dual parish of First Lutheran Church in Aurora and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Sutton, Nebraska since 2005.  He is a 1994 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  He served the first eleven years of his ministry in our mission in the Novisibirsk Oblast in Russia before accepting the call to First and St. Mark’s.  He and his wife, Beth, have been blessed with seven children.
        We pray God’s blessings on our work together with Pastor Oblender, on our efforts to provide for him and his family during their move, and for the congregations he is leaving.
    With thanks to God for the opportunity to gather for worship in His house, and with respect for His representatives in our government, we will follow health guidelines to the best of our ability.
    Statewide Mask Mandate:  We will follow the latest mandate to the best of our ability.  Everyone over 5 years old is asked to wear a mask, except for those with health conditions for which a mask would be hazardous. No documentation is required for those exceptions; we are trusted to be conscientious and honest.  Specific exemptions for public speaking allow Pastor to conduct the service without wearing a mask, as long as he is at least six feet away from the congregation.
    Hand sanitizer and facial tissue are available throughout our building.  Please try to touch as few surfaces as possible.
    We have plenty of seating.  Please spread out comfortably.  There is some concern about spreading the virus by singing, so if you like to sing out, please don’t sit directly behind anyone.
    Our Offering Plate is on a stand in the entryway.  We will not pass it through the pews.  Ushers will bring it forward for placement on God’s altar at the usual point in the service.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to place your offering in the plate before the service, you may take it to the counters in the sacristy after the service.
    Holy Communion will be celebrated according to our usual schedule, on the first and third Sundays of each month.  Pastor and the elders will use hand sanitizer and wear face masks during the distribution.  We are allowed to remove our masks to receive the Lord’s Supper.  We will not offer the common cup.  Please be careful to touch only your own individual cup when you pick it from the tray.  Except for families, we will serve fewer than a full row.  Preferring not to commune is understandable.  You are also welcome to make an appointment with Pastor for private communion at your home or at church.
    Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you think of any other guidelines, please tell Pastor or a church council member.