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Submitted by Julie Dean Kessler:

Rev. Peggy Huston at The Presbyterian Church of La Porte has announced changes in how worship will be conducted.

“We are living through a time that is very scary for us all as our world does battle with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to the pandemic, our Session is taking extraordinary measures to be sure everyone is safe and to meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and government officials,” said Huston.

“We are facing a global Lenten wilderness that is sure to test many of us. As Pastor Peggy said earlier this week, we can be creative in how we engage with each other with scripture and with our God,” said Aaron Lickliter, Coordinator of Ministries for Children and Youth.

The Session of church elders has determined that no in-house worship will take place until after Sunday, April 12.

There are two ways people can safely worship with the church every Sunday:

  1. At the church’s Facebook page the sermon goes live every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Here is the link:

The link for the March 15 sermon:  A Facebook account is not needed to tune in and anyone can watch it at a time that may be more convenient.

  1. Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Huston will preach through a loudspeaker to people in their cars in the parking lot at the back of the Presbyterian Church, 307 Kingsbury Ave. Everyone is welcome to sit in their cars with a window rolled down, or, weather permitting, to bring a lawn chair. John Gouwens will play the carillon immediately following the service.

On Palm Sunday, so that communion can be offered safely, the church has ordered “to go” communion.

All other services are cancelled, including “20 minutes with God” and the Seder meal that was planned for Holy Week.

The only thing that will change those plans, Huston said, is if the CDC or the state and/or federal government advises all citizens to shelter in place.

Lickliter will as usual give a children’s sermon as part of the worship service.

Visit the church web page at for future advisories and updates.

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