Covid-19 Response

In an effort to keep people safe and still connect through worship and discipleship gatherings in the midst of this Covid-19 response, we are offering live-streamed worship on Facebook at 10 am every Sunday.

We currently are holding in-person worship with limited attendance, with registration required to reserve your space. You may sign up here.

Holy Week Schedule

Messiah is pleased to be able to offer in-person worship for Holy Week. We hope to be able to welcome 100 people at each of the Holy Week services. Pre-registration and all Covid-related precautions are required to keep our congregation safe. All services will be accessible on Facebook Live for those who choose not to attend in person. For a PDF of the schedule, click here.


Please remember to observe the following core actions for Covid safety:
• Wear double masks
• Maintain 6 feet of distancing from those not in your household
• Practice good hand hygiene
• Stay home if you are sick
• Do not sing indoors

Palm/Passion Sunday Worship, March 28, 2021


10 a.m.: Meet in the East Parking area (outside Fellowship Hall doors) for a celebration of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem.

The Triduum, April 1-3


One service in three experiences spanning The Great Three Days
Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021
12 noon: Abbreviated worship with communion in sanctuary and online, drive-by communion
to follow for those who have worshiped with us online.
6:00 p.m.: Full worship service with communion, and drive-by communion to follow for those
who have worshiped with us online.
Good Friday, April 2, 2021
6:00 p.m.: The Triduum continues. Traditional Good Friday service with Veneration of the
Cross.
Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021
12 noon – 2 p.m.: Prayer Vigil. Come as you are able to remember Christ in the grave with
private prayer, contemplation and candles around the cross. Pastor will be present to pray with
you, if desired.

Easter Sunday Celebration of the Resurrection, April 4, 2021

Celebration of the Resurrection
10 a.m.: Festival worship with communion (drive-by to follow). Easter egg hunt outdoors
(weather-permitting). Participants may bring sack lunches to enjoy on the grounds afterwards.

In-Person Worship Benchmarks

Messiah’s COVID Response Team, in conjunction with members of Council, have developed a plan for expanding or reducing the number of in-person worshippers during the pandemic. This plan was developed in line with recommendations from the Knox County Health Department, Southeastern Synod, and CDC. It uses the five “traffic light” benchmarks of the Knox County Health Department, as well as test positivity rates, in determining the number of people who may worship in the sanctuary at one time.

To Expand Worship Numbers
In order to expand to 75 people at in-person worship, there should be at least 2 green “traffic lights,” no red lights, and a test positivity rate below 10 percent.

To Reduce Worship Numbers
Drop to 25 people when one traffic light is red and the test positivity rate is above 10 percent.
Drop to 10 people when two traffic lights are red and the test positivity rate is above 10 percent.

We will continue to omit singing for the time being unless we return to the 10-person level or the guidance from the CDC changes.

We welcome your input and ideas as we move toward a safe reopening. If you have questions or suggestions, please email the church office or Susan Hamilton.

WORSHIP LINKS


Click here to go to our Facebook Page now.

Wednesday services are more casual, and you will be able to join the discussion by submitting comments if you wish. “Like” our page to have our posts near the top of your feed.

If you do not use Facebook, simply click here to visit our page. You can decline the opportunity to set up an account. It will still let you watch and listen to our live feed.

MORE RESOURCES

We are working on creating other means to access worship services. Keep up with emails from the church, the FB page and/or this website for updates or changes to our schedule. We will also post links to other ELCA Southeastern Synod resources for worship and spiritual care.

For information on what the ELCA is doing, a message from Bishop Eaton, and CDC guidelines, as well as some helpful links, click here.

NEED HELP?

Here are some resources that may be helpful in dealing with COVID-19 and the changes to our daily lives.

Several Messiah members are available to help out with things like grocery and medication deliveries or rides to medical appointments. They are: Charles Fulford, Jaclyn Levy, Roger Miller and Mary Williamson.

If you can’t reach them, or need some other type of assistance, please text or call Susan Hamilton.

Call (865) 588-9753 or email the office with questions if you are willing to help or participate in our efforts to stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic.