The pastors of the Frankenmuth Circuit met via Zoom on May 12, 2020. They discussed the current situation relating to COVID-19 and also the Executive Orders by the governor. The Circuit Visitors had a meeting the day prior with representatives of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) legal team. It is their legal opinion that the Executive Orders (EO) exempt places of worship from the ban for public gathering. Of course, proper social distancing and other safety measures should be followed. We would not be in violation of the EO nor subject to any penalty when we choose to return to the sanctuary for worship.
The Michigan District of the LC-MS allows for decisions to be made relative to the situation in one’s own area. As a result of this, the Frankenmuth Circuit pastors want to be working in conjunction with each other as much as possible. We came up with the goal of regathering on Pentecost Sunday the weekend of May 30-31. This has wonderful symbolism as the Holy Spirit brought many together as believers, and it is after the EO ending on May 28th. Although there could be an extension of present restrictions, we believe we can move forward as explained to the Circuit Visitors by ADF. Each congregation will need to proceed as their circumstances and facilities allow. If a congregation starts earlier or later, this does not mean they are in defiance to this group proposal.