March 13, 2020

From Pastor Rayl

Good afternoon everyone,

I sent you and earlier letter stating that FSJ would continue to hold services on Sunday mornings. This has changed since the Governor issued his directive yesterday banning all gatherings of 100 people or more. After lengthy discussion between myself, Mark Ackerman, church council and other leaders in the congregation, it has been decided that we will cancel both worship services on the next two Sundays, (March 15 & 22) this includes J.A.M. Sunday school and Catechism classes. We will plan on holding services on Sunday, March 29; but that is under review due to any changes or advise.

At the moment we will continue with Lent worship on Wednesday, both morning and evening (11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.). During these services we will be use “distancing measures” to provide the necessary spacing between us. We will still hold the Church Council meeting on Tuesday, (March 17). Other meetings will be considered on an individual basis and notice sent to the participants.

As my previous email asked, so I emphasize again. the need to continue your stewardship contributions either by mailing them to the church office, setting them aside to bring later, or going to the church website and going the Vanco link to make an online gift. At this time, the church office will remain open during the week, and I will be at the church as needed during the week . You can also check TV channels 13 and 11 for notices of closings. Also know that we are joining a large number of churches in Lucas and Wood counties in canceling services during the crisis.

Please check the church website ( for further information, copies of worship services, sermons, prayers and devotions. We will work to post things as the days progress.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me ( and 567-395-0143) or Mark Ackerman the congregational president. We will keep everyone updated as things change and require.

Thank you for your faithful support as disciples of Jesus.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

My God, my rock in whom I take refuge.”

Blessings, Pastor Rayl

Pastor Jerald Rayl, Pastor
First St. John Lutheran Church
2471 Seaman Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605
Mobile: 567-395-0143
Office: 419-691-7222

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