Welcome BACK To GoodLife Church
GoodLife Church is committed to addressing
concerns for your health and safety as we restart
our in-person, in-house worship life.
GoodLife's On-Site Worship will begin on Sunday, May 31st, at 9:30 am!
We have LONG-AWAITED the restart. However, as we do our leadership has been meeting online every week during the Covid-19 quarantine, studying and discussing how we can worship together in a safe, healthy manner.
+ PHASE ONE RE-OPENING +
Some Guidelines To Help Us Stay Healthy...TOGETHER!
PHASE ONE of our opening will be a Socially-Distant "drive-in style" worship beginning Sunday, May 31st. Key elements of Phase One will include worship in cars in our south parking lot accessed from Melvin Street.
* To maintain social distancing, worshipers will remain in their cars for the 30-40 minute worship experience as worship is led by Pastor Fischer outside on the sidewalk immediately south of the sanctuary.
* The worship will be broadcast FM 96.1 using our own short-range FM radio transmitter. It will also be simulcast on Facebook Live enabling worshipers to follow the worship as they choose--on radio or Facebook.
* Handouts will be kept to a bare minimum and often avoided. Church information will be conveyed online via
a) our website:
b) our GoodLife FaceBook page
c) our congregational email "fan out" (email GLCLutheran@gmail.com if you'd like to be included!)
* HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated in Phase One. And how we've been wanting THIS!!!
a) Communion packets including a small cup of wine and a wafer will be distributed to each communicant
in their cars.
b) After Pastor speaks the Words of Institution, each participant will then commune themselves by taking the
communion wafer and the cup of wine at the appointed time.
* Offerings will be received in a socially distant way during the service. Offerings may also be given ONLINE at this
website or mailed in.
* After the service, worshipers may leave or get out of their cars for socially-distanced "meet and greet."
BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO COME TO WORSHIP...
As we are not able to offer individual, professional testing and sanitizing for COVID-19, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all
worshipers to follow these guidelines out of respect and love for others.
1) STAY HOME if you have a cough, feel a fever, feel faint or just don't feel 110% well.
2) If you don't feel well, DON'T come to church. Instead, GO TO YOUR DOCTOR or Hospital ASAP. The longer Covid has a chance to infect a person untreated, the greater the danger. This is a very serious virus!!!
3) AVOID CONTACT: Don't shake hands or hug. ANY and ALL physical contact should be AVOIDED.
4) WEAR A MASK when outside of your car with others. Wearing a mask helps contain chances of you spreading
potentially infectious droplets of moisture.
5) SING, but sing SOFTLY. Loud, boisterous singing spews greater amounts of moisture droplets up to
6) BE AWARE OF WIND DIRECTION: When outside, stand UPWIND together with others you enjoy their presence in
a socially-distanced manner. NEVER BE DOWNWIND of others or have others downwind of you! The standard
"Six Feet" social distancing may not be enough in high winds!
7) SANITIZE. Keep hand sanitizer near you at ALL times--in the car, in your pocket or purse. After each social engagement, sanitize your hands thoroughly for THIRTY SECONDS. Suggestion: sing "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" three times!. And don't sing it fast, either! (Yes, your mother's voice is very important here!)
8) DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE without sanitizing first! Covid-19 and other illnesses is easily transmitted by touching one's unsanitized hands to one's eyes, nose and mouth. If you have an itch that needs scratching, SANITIZE FIRST!!!
9) SNEEZING And COUGHING: When you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, MOVE AWAY AND DOWNWIND AS FAR AS POSSIBLE of any person or persons around you. USE THE INSIDE OF YOUR ELBOW to contain your sneeze or cough to more completely contain potentially infected moisture droplets.
10) AVOID PASSING THINGS without wearing sanitized gloves of some kind.
During Phase One:
To help create a sanitized environment as well as we are reasonably able,
* Restrooms will be closed with exceptions for emergencies ONLY. This will be STRICTLY maintained.
* The drinking fountain will not be accessible. Feel free to bring your own bottled water or beverage.
* In-Person Contact will be minimized whenever possible.
* We reserve the right to limit the number of people who enter the building so that social distancing may be maintained.
* For the safety of everyone, especially our senior members, we reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are coughing, sneezing, or violating social distancing.
* YOU may a ASYMPTOMATIC! Remember that Just because YOU feel good, doesn't mean you aren't a carrier who can spread the infection!!!
* BE SMART! DON'T HUG! Just because you don't care, aren't afraid, or feel good DOES NOT give you the right to unintentionally and unwittingly share the infection with others.
* DON'T SHAKE HANDS! It's tempting...and, like many forms of casual physical contact, it's part of our how we relate to each other. JUST DON'T!
* ELBOW BUMPS are a better way to maintain social distance.
* DON'T be "THAT GUY" who, by throwing caution and courtesy to the wind, spreads Covid-19 to others and risking their health.
* Don't let your political views affect your courtesy of observing the above for others.
* Pray for GoodLife, our community, our state, our nation and our world as we deal with the pandemic.
We're In This Together In Christ To Make GoodLife As Safe, Healthy,
and Courteous as we possibly can!
Thanks for helping make this happen as safely as possible
+ PHASE TWO RE-OPENING +
GoodLife Church's Church Council has been meeting every Wednesday via Zoom since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Each meeting we have considered various resources from the Michigan District-LCMS, articles regarding Covid-19 safety, and considering practices of other churches and groups that meet regularly.
Our goal, of course, is to get back to "Normal" in our worship and ministry life. As we work toward this goal, the Council will be working on this return to worship in phases.
We do not yet know what Phase TWO will be. We are, however, working quickly--yet cautiously--to safeguard our members' health while encouraging worship.
If you would like more information, contact Margie Luecke, Chmn or any Council member who has been regulary attending. Sandie Yagiela, Barry Jenkins and Eileen Hirsack have been especially helpful in helping develop safe guidelines and procedures for our re-start. If you would like to participate in our Zoom Online meetings, please contact Margie or Pastor for access.
THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE! We are sure to make some mistakes,
but we would rather move more slowly and err on the side of caution.
Thanks for your understanding!
Our Goal: Safe Ministry Inside AND BEYOND OUR WALLS!!!
Main Campus/Administrative Center
1892 E. Auburn Road + Rochester Hills, Michigan + 48307
Phone: 248.852.5510 Email:
Pastor Tom Fischer, Pastor/Director
GoodLife Church is the former Gethsemane Lutheran Church. This ministry changed it's name to reflect our passionate sharing of Jesus Christ into this community.
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