Welcome, and thank you for visiting Augsburg Lutheran Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
Our mission is to believe God's saving Gospel and share His gifts of love and grace as we nurture our members in His Word and reach out to all people to bring them to faith in Christ.
Augsburg Pre-Kindergarten was founded in 1964 by Margaret Larson. She was a respected educator, a strong proponant of early childhood education, and an active participant in church and community affairs. Today Augsburg Pre-Kindergarten has developed into a program that aspires to have a program that balances self-expression and creativity with instruction suited to the pre-kindergarten age. We strive to foster the child's growing maturity, the ability to care for him or her and the materials we use, along with helping the child become aware of the world we live by using many materials and through social learning experiences.
8:00am and 10:30am services every Sunday.
9:00am and 6:30pm services every Wednesday.
9:00am Adult bible study every Sunday.
9:00am Sunday School every Sunday.
Communion is available every Sunday & Wednesday.
Everyone is welcome!
100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304
(Corner of Beam St. & Mineral Springs Road)
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Church Office Hours:
Rev. Erik Bernth, Pastor
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 12:30pm
(219) 926-1658 Office
(219) 926-2118 Pre-K
Roadmap to returning to public worship.
Friends in Christ: After a long trek through the pandemic wilderness we are starting to see signs of a path out of this miserable time. Earlier this month the Church Council discussed when we believe we can begin having public worship. The plan is to ease back into gatherings of people slowly; many people have used the comparison of entering a cold lake for the first time. While some of us would likely sprint into the water regardless of the temperature, others of us would enter more slowly. So it will be with public worship. After being told for over a year to literally avoid other people like the plague it will take some adjustment to feeling comfortable around others again. With that in mind here is the roadmap.
We will offer our traditional Memorial Day worship at Burstrom Chapel on Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. As has been the custom, please bring your own chairs. We will also be keeping an extended period of silence that day to remember those who have died from Covid, and to give all of us a chance to reflect on what we have been through.
The following Sunday, June 6, we will gather at 9 a.m. outdoors at Augsburg to celebrate our first chance as a church community to worship together on a Sunday since March 15 of 2020. Yes, it’s been that long! Within a couple of Sundays from then we will move back into the church building for worship. Such a slow pace is designed to help us feel more comfortable in a group setting.
Having written all this, there are still some unknowns. For example, will we need to wear masks and be socially distant? Can we sing? What about coffee hour? When will we resume our customary 8 and 10:30 liturgies along with Sunday School? As I write this in March I do not know the answer to these questions. My hope is CDC and the Indiana/Kentucky Synod will have provided some guidelines by then. While the expectation is that eventually we will see things far more reminiscent of 2019 than 2020, it will likely take a bit more time to arrive there. We have come very far under significant duress; a bit more patience is worth it. As we get closer to May 31 I will share more specifics about gathering—particularly about masking, distancing and hopefully about singing.
I want to again express my appreciation and gratitude for your faithfulness and patience during this extreme time, a time foreign to all of us and that required making decisions without any real history upon which to draw. I especially want to thank you for your prayers and continued financial support. As we approach the end of May our homework is straight forward: continue to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember, one is not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the last dose (or single dose if receiving Johnson and Johnson’s).
The only caveat to this roadmap is if for some unforeseen reason the epidemic in the country takes off in a way few expect. At this point I don’t foresee that happening, but if we have learned anything these last 13 months some unexpected things can happen.
I look forward to gathering on May 31st and in the days after. We have been through a lot, but there is reason for hope and optimism.
Finally, I regret that we will not be able to gather for worship during Holy Week and Easter, the second year in a row. While both the Church Council and I are deeply disappointed by this, it is a sacrifice that needs to be made in light of continued significant disease spread—including mutated versions—until everyone has an opportunity to be eligible to receive a vaccination. While this year has been awful in so many ways, I continue to marvel at the scientific progress we humans have made. God, source of our science, continues to reveal amazing things to us. May you and yours have a reflective Holy Week and joyful Easter.
Sincerely yours in Christ,