Category: COVID-19 Stories

Christ, Stockton

Pr. Paul Gebo Thanks to the initiative of Nicole Haas, we are offering food and household supplies to members of the Stockton community, through our “Mini Pantry.” Just outside the doors of the church sits a container of goods, with the invitation to “Take What you need. Donate what you can.” The Stockton Food Pantry is …

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Gloria Dei, Rockford

Deacon Carol Ostrom As organist of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rockford, I am involved each week rehearsing a prelude, interlude, and postlude to enhance our worship theme of the day. Bob Black meets me weekly to record my music on either our Steinway piano or 3-manual Allen organ. I choose organ classics based on our Lutheran …

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Peace, New Lenox

Pr. Dave Hedlin The background for the photo is that we are creating a daily video for our Facebook page.  On Wednesdays we lighten it up a little with something we’re calling “fun Wednesdays.”  We have done “Name that Tune”, “The Match Game”, “Can You List Them?” and many more.  The picture is of my …

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Lord of Love, Galena

Diane Beemster What had started as an idea to keep in touch with family members for Easter ended up in the making of 75 masks.  I sent all of the kids and grandkids masks in lieu of physically getting together.  After Easter, our QTs quilt group was asked if we could make masks for clients …

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Trinity, Derinda (Elizabeth)

Dianne Zink On March 25, 2020, I was contacted by a lady to make masks for the E.R. at Freeport Hospital.  She has a niece who works there and they were in need of masks. She devised a pattern and e-mailed it to me.  It was very specific as it had a pocket to hold …

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St. John’s, Massbach (Elizabeth)

Eileen Hughes, Sherry Sager, Margaret Luebke & Pat Townsend Quilters from St. John’s Lutheran of Massbach have completed 700 face masks for hospitals, nursing homes, and church members. Unable to meet for quilting, the group has turned to making masks for those in need. They can hardly keep up. The group hopes to return to …

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Good Shepherd, Lena

Pr. Miho Yasukawa We celebrate our high school graduates with signs outside the church.  Congrats! Just because the Piece Corp can’t meet at the church doesn’t mean they’re not staying busy! They’re still hard at work making quilt squares into facemasks and donating them.

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Immanuel, Earlville

Denise Rode We are relying primarily on videos of my sermons posted each Sunday at the time of our service (9 a.m.).  I write the sermon generally on Thursdays and Fridays after participating in Zoom text study with one or two groups of clergy.  My daughter then records the sermon, trying to avoid having one …

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Pr. John Seraphine, retired

During this time of social distancing, we have started an experiment we call the Northern Illinois Online Bible Study. We all go to the rich online resources of the Yale (Divinity School) Bible Study and then gather every Monday at 7 p.m. for an hour-long Zoom discussion. We currently have about 20 participants, and so …

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Calvary, Rockford

Pr. Chuck Olson One of the members of our little church, Melinda, is just beginning cancer treatment that will be very critical. Since we can not see her, what could we do? The answer is a regular shower of encouraging cards. Members of Calvary Lutheran are regularly sending her cards to cheer and encourage her, …

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St. John’s, Mendota

Susan Garner Zoom Worship, Sunday 9am (have had about 80-85 computers who have joined each week) Our musicians have recorded music to share at the zoom services as well as for posting on our Facebook. Executive Team and Council meeting on zoom. Property Team, Finance Team meeting through email, phone, etc. Custodians have been disinfecting …

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Hill Correctional Center, Galesburg

Pr. Karen Norman Rees In the Illinois Department of Corrections, Chaplains are “essential personnel.” Just as we (Lutherans/Christians) missed gathering as the body of Christ to worship during Holy Week and Easter, several religions also missed their High Holy Days/Religious Observances.  So too, am I attempting to find not just creative ways but any way …

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Resurrection, Channahon

Pr. Ben Ingelson Resurrection Lutheran Church, Channahon is finding ways to encourage and pray for each other during this time.  For example, our church kids and our children’s ministry volunteers have been delivering little notes and rock arrangements, mailing cards and pictures, and making chalk art at other people’s homes.  These little gifts help all …

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Trinity, Durand

Sharon Beksel Member Rich Steinke gets help from grandson, Milo, in working in Trinity’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden. Funds from the sale of subscriptions, which are still available, support our Blessing Box ministry and ELCA World Hunger.

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Katie’s Cup, Rockford

Katie’s Cup hosted an event to benefit the medical staff at Swedish American Hospital.  Pr. Jay Quinn and Pr. Mike Thomas sang campfire songs on Facebook Live. Viewers were invited to grab some s’mores to make, light a candle, and join them for a campfire singalong. Both pastors worked at Lutherdale Bible Camp for several years.

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Peace, Morris

Pr. Lu Cantrell Last fall our men’s group built a Micro Pantry on our property. It says, “take what you need, leave what you can.” Note: the photo was taken before the COVID virus! Our members were encouraged to bring food with them to worship and place in a bin. Three times a week volunteers …

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Chaplain Larry Conway, retired

There’s an old saying that goes like this… “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and I think that this picture says a lot about ministry at Friendship Manor, Rock Island, right now. From a slower-paced part-time position in retirement, I have moved to a much faster-paced, temporary (I hope!) full-time position here. I am …

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Pr. Marcie Strahl, retired

The only thing that I am still active in is Civil Air Partrol.   I have been supporting the on-line monthly character development discussions for both my unit and cadets in WI wing that don’t have teleconference capability in their unit for 2 sessions.  I am the deputy chaplain in my squadron and the unit …

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Pastor Bob Hansen, retired

When one is sequestered and used to being in the front lines of ministry inspired  thinking can help.  Therefore, my wife Lynn and I are actively participating by producing MASKS used by those front line people in nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, and even our neighbors.  Recently we gave 10 masks to a neighbor who then offered …

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Followers of Christ, Plainfield

Pr. Brad Haugen During this pandemic, members of Followers of Christ have continued to donate food that is then distributed to local families, pantries, and micro-pantries.  Displayed here are the congregation’s current food donations in front of the altar.  This micro-pantry next to the Plainfield Library is one place our donations are taken, and residents …

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St. John, Peru

Pr. Tom Redig This is what St. John’s Lutheran Church is doing in Peru, IL.  We started a ministry called the Mask Bench.  We have plenty of people making masks and donating them to the church.  We put them in baggies and tie them with yarn to the bench outside our entrance.  The past two weeks, …

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Salem, Sycamore

Salem’s Food Pantry converted to prepackaged, drive-thru service during the COVID 19 pandemic. Salem is collecting messages from members and embedding them into the pre-recorded postlude. This little gal is just two months old and hasn’t been to church yet!

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Trinity, Harvard

Pr. Elizabeth Martin This last fall we constructed a Little Free Library & Pantry.  One side is for children’s books and the other side is for food, hygiene, and paper products.  It sits in our churchyard near the parking lot.  The premise is: take what you need, give what you can.  It is supported by …

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