Zion’s Response to the Coronavirus COVID‑19

In response to the Coronavirus, Zion will offer one in-person service on Sunday mornings at 9:00am with reservations required.  The service will live stream on YouTube to allow members to attend from the comfort of their own homes.



We will continue to provide any updates as things change.
If you need to speak to a pastor during this time, please call Pastor Matthew Schultz at 314-440-2168 or Pastor Chip Froelich at 631-987-5043.
If you have other questions or concerns, please call Zion’s president, Marcy Steiner at 518-810-8441.

We have also set up a post office box for Zion in order to provide a reliable and secure way for Zion to receive mail during this time. Please use the following address for any mail to Zion Lutheran Church:

Zion Lutheran Church

PO Box 915

Schenectady, NY 12301


Please know that the situation is highly fluid and can change quickly. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust our response accordingly. We will make every effort to communicate any changes as soon as they occur.

Details on other actions we are taking are provided below. We take these actions prayerfully out of an abundance of caution for all of you, our congregation and our community. We are very sensitive to the needs of everyone. Our members older than 65 – particularly those with underlying health conditions – are especially at risk. While we are ever confident of the Lord’s faithfulness to us, we feel obligated to err on the side of caution.

And remember, all of us can help by following these recommendations from the CDC: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Zion’s Response to the Coronavirus COVID-19


Cleaning and Sanitizing Church Facilities


We will continue to actively clean our beautiful church. In addition, we are and will continue to make an extra effort to sanitize specific areas of the church such as restrooms, handrails, door handles, switches and other high-use surfaces.


Changes to Worship Services

  • Guidelines for In-Person Worship​: Please read the information below carefully. Out of love for each other, please adhere to the process we have outlined as it ensures the safety of all of us. 

  • Masking is mandatory.  Each person is to bring and wear their own mask. 

  • Please social distance, staying 6 feet apart from all non-family members.

  • We will NOT screen people entering the church; this is the personal responsibility of each person.

  • Please do NOT attend if you feel ill, have been around someone who is ill or have traveled to a NYS quarantined state within the last 14 days.

  • Please use hand sanitizer upon entering.

  • Greeters are temporarily suspended.

  • An offering plate will be at the entrance to the sanctuary for your offering.

  • Please follow the seating directions of our wonderful ushers.

  • Only every two pews will be used.

  • Families can sit together.

  • All others, two people per open pew, spaced 6 feet apart.

  • There will be a children’s message, but we ask that the little ones remain in their seats for now. The Pastor will sit in a chair on the altar to give his message. It is suggested that families with little ones sit closer to the front of the church.

  • Ushers will direct communion.

  • Individual communion cups containing the host will be placed on a table in front of the altar. The Pastor will consecrate the elements.

  • Please approach the table, take a cup, return to your seat, remove your mask and take communion.

  • There will be time for private prayer after communion and then a blessing and sending at the end of the service.
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Suspension of Church Activities

  • Fellowship, Sunday School, Formation and Bible Study are suspended until further notice.

  • All shepherding groups and other activities are suspended. This includes the Hardy Perennials, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Men’s Group, Family Night, Serendipity, Thursday Bible Study, Youth Group, etc.


Additional Steps

  • Out of concern for our members, visitation to our home bound members will now be via telephone, text and email. We will always be available in person for a personal or family crisis.

  • We are working with any outside groups that use our facilities to take the appropriate actions to safeguard everyone’s health.


Staying Informed

We will make every effort to keep you informed as the situation evolves through Zion’s website and Facebook pages.

We will also send information out by email. If you would like to receive these emails, please subscribe to Zion’s email list. Click the button below to sign up and manage your email preferences.

You may want to visit the CDC and New York State websites for more general updates and information.


Not all of our members use email or go online. Please share this information with any members of the congregation that you suspect have not seen this.

You might also want to watch A Special Message from the Atlantic District Bishop regarding COVID-19

The Lord continues to light our path forward. While we are faced with a life changing situation, we know that God is with us today, tomorrow and in the days and weeks to come. May the Lord continue to bless the family of Zion, our loved ones, our community and our world.


Please reach out at any time with questions. We are always available to you.