10:15 a.m. (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, this service is being held at 10:30AM . Modifications have been made as we adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required while inside the church at all times except when sitting quietly and socially distanced from others. Communion is offered only on the first Sunday of each month. Sanctuary in-person services are resuming at 10:30 AM on September 6, 2020, and will also be live-streamed for those wising to sit in our large Social Hall or watch from home. Sanctuary services will also be available to watch at your convenience on our website, youtube, and our Facebook page – “Lutheran Church By The Lake”.
Under more normal circumstances, there is a full liturgical setting at this service, supported by the Choir and cantors from early September until the end of May. Volunteers from the congregation read an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm (read responsively) and a New Testament lesson. Communion is served on the first, third and fifth Sundays and on festival Sundays.
8:15 am: (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19)
This service has an abbreviated liturgy with one lesson read by a volunteer. Communion is served on the second and fourth Sundays and on festival Sundays.
9:15 a.m. at Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton, GA
In 2020, at least through October
Bring your own chair and mask & don’t forget sunscreen!
A parking pass may be purchased at the gate, annual pass or daily.
Summer Beach Service
The entire worship experience relies heavily on volunteers. We welcome anyone who desires to help us with any of the tasks described below.
Under the coordination of Donna Irmis, the Altar Guild currently has 17 members who are charged with communion set-up and care, changing and cleaning the paraments and polishing the brass. They also tend altar flowers and candles which includes the Eternal Light. One Sunday a month they prepare the traveling kit for the Lay Eucharistic Minister and place it on the altar. The Altar Guild will welcome more volunteers. We meet once a year to coordinate. Many hands bring light work.
Those with special concerns can contact the Church office or Beverly Sautter with prayer requests. A mighty band of 27 Prayer Warriors go to work on behalf of the individual and keep the individual in thought and prayer.
These volunteers are the first ones who greet people as they arrive at the church on Sunday morning. They light the candles, collect the offerings, and direct communicants toward the altar railing for communion. Ushers are tasked with counting worshippers from the back of the church and submitting the count to the Church office. When the service is over, they will extinguish the candles. After everyone has left the sanctuary, ushers will straighten and relocate the hymnals and remove used bulletins.
Assistants will receive communion and then commune the Pastor. They will then move to the extreme ends of the altar rail with a wine tray. After the Pastor has offered the bread, the assistant will follow with the wine tray and present it to the communicant. When the last table has finished, these volunteers will return the wine trays to the altar and place them on the stack. They help the Pastor restore the veil to cover the trays.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
A group of trained volunteers, under the guidance of the Pastor, rotate to visit shut ins the third week of the month and read scripture, serve them communion and pray together.
These volunteers read scripture lessons during the early part of each service. They are given the lessons in advance in order to become comfortable with the readings.
The Hymn Committee meets under the guidance of the Music Director every three or four months to select seasonally appropriate music.