Zion’s Response to the Coronavirus COVID‑19

We are now back to full in-person services, every Sunday at 10am, every Wednesday at 10am, or every Saturday at 5pm.  The Sunday 10am service will also be available as a live stream on YouTube to allow members to attend from the comfort of their own homes.

 

 

We will continue to provide any updates should things change.
 
If you need to speak to Pastor Francis Rigobert, he can be reached at 845-642-9048, or email at pastorfrancis@zionlcny.org
 
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 optional if you are Fully vaccinated.  
     

  • 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.
     

  • Ushers will direct communion. n be found on our Worship Opportunities page.​

 

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.