Sundays after Epiphany, January 15 through February 19, 2023
If you are unable to join us in person, please visit our Facebook page for the livestream at 11:00 am: https://www.facebook.com/stmarksasheville/live_videos/; you do not need an account in order to watch. Click here for the bulletin: ELW 1 Epiphany 2023 Please note that the hymn numbers refer to the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal — if you don’t have a copy at home, contact the church office and we would be happy to help!
As directed by the congregational council at its September meeting, St. Mark’s is no longer requiring masks on Sunday mornings. Thank you to each and every one of you for your patience and compliance with our masking rules over these last couple of years- what a difference it has made! We still don’t know of any cases where transmission of Covid happened at St. Mark’s. That is an exceptional track record, and your cooperation made that possible.
While we know that Covid has not gone away, we also recognize that we are in a very different place than we were when we began masking requirements for gatherings more than two years ago. Vaccines that are very effective at preventing severe disease and death are now readily available, including for young children, and new adult boosters targeting Omicron variants offer the opportunity for solid protection against the most prominent strains currently circulating. Another game changer is the fact that N-95 masks are now widely available. When we started masking, I needed to wear a mask to protect you from my airborne particles, and vice versa. But at this point, even if I am not wearing a mask, you can still choose to have good protection from airborne particles with a well fitted N-95 mask. Windows in the sanctuary will also remain open to improve ventilation and lessen the risk of transmission.
Masking continues to be an effective tool for slowing the spread of Covid and other respiratory diseases, so we continue to recommend masking, especially for those who have had potential Covid exposure. And as always, if you don’t feel well, please stay home and worship with us through the livestream.
Pastor Matt Smith
Streaming Live – 11am Worship
You can access our worship on St. Mark’s Facebook live stream page each Sunday at 11:00am. We’re glad you are worshiping with us!