Live Sunday Worship, On Lawn, Starts on Sunday, May 16, 2021. 

(Please bring a mask and socially distance.)

When Corvil 19  was declared a world wide pandemic we knew things would be quickly changing.

This page is to keep the members and friends of Iroquois Ave. Christ Lutheran current in  how our church is reacting, in worship, service, fellowship and many other ways, to the pandemic 

Check our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

On Sunday mornings, a sermon video is usually posted here and on Facebook. 

Synod wide worship, online worship with other congregations,

or special worship at our church may also be posted as an alternative. 

When possible, we will gather for  worship, masked and distanced, outside the church.

Notification of special live events will be posted in Facebook.  

Most Sundays we had a Zoom Coffee Hour at 10:00am.

The link to join was posted on Facebook. 

Video Worship from Iroquois Ave. Christ Lutheran Church.

Click on the arrow below to start the video.

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As we continue to isolate, changes are being made in how we worship. See the letter below from Vicar Jeff.

 

Online Sunday worship will posted on Facebook. It will include the sermon on YouTube, scripture readings and links to selections by Daniel our music director.  

Online worship information is also sent out each Sunday by email. If you would like to be added to the list of members and friends please email the church office at <iroquoischrist@yahoo.com>.

Holy Week & Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

This has been a quiet year as the Covid pandemic continues.  Many are still not vaccinated and the rate of virus transmission was very high in Detroit.  Psalm Sunday was celebrated with in car worship in the parking lot, psalms were waved out of car windows. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday were remembered with carefully socially distanced worship inside the church. Easter needed more!

We had a festival service with some people worshiping in their cars, parked on the street, and many live in worship on the  lawn. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunny day and heart felt cries of "Alleuluia" 

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Click image to see 2020 Annual Strategic Review & Planning Report 

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, Febuary 28, 2021 10:00am

This year the annual meeting was held online using  Zoom. Members  receive notice by US Mail and email. Several people reserved  a space to attend live, at the church. A Zoom link was made available several days before the meeting. A lively discuss was held as we confirmed the proposed slate of elected officers and made plans for reopening the church building for live worship. Democracy continues at Iroquois Ave.Christ Lutheran Church.

Soul Sunday

Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:00am

This is in African American History Month and we remember our past with Soul Sunday. Worship was in the parking lot, to protect us from the Covid virus pandemic. We listened to the sermon on our car radios.

The weather was cold, about 15 degrees Fahrenheit and this kept many members at home. Vicar Jeff wore his warmest coat as he preached and distributed the Eucharist.

At the end of the service, a HOT meal of Soul Food was distributed by the Inner City Youth Group.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

January 17, 2021

It was a cold January morning when we gathered together to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. To stay safe from the Covid Virus, we sat seperately in warm cars in the church parking lot. A special radio transmitter was used to send the Vicar Jeff's sermon to our car radios. Holy Communion was safely served  using pre-packed host and distributed using tongs. During a  pandemic and with trouble in Washington DC, we were still able to gather safely and remember  the life and works of Rev. Martin Luther King.

The Holy Eucharist during the time of Covid.

Sunday School Christmas Pageant

December 24, 2020

 

This Christmas, the Covid pandemic caused us to make many changes. To have a safe event, the traditional pageant was moved to the church parking lot. Masks were added to the costumes. The audience watched from their parked cars. Not the same as usual but splendid none the less. May God bless us, everyone!

Special thanks to all who helped make the pageant safely happen.

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The Church Food Pantry Is Back!

Every Fridays 10:00-1:00

It is open every Friday 10:00am to noon. Clients are asked to social distance and wear masks*

Because outside is safer, the food pantry will be set up outside as long as weather permits.

 

Non-perishable food is provided in boxes packaged at Gleaners. Fresh fruits and vegetables, household essentials, meat and milk are also available.  

The Clothes Closet has not yet fully reopened. However, school clothes were distributed in September along with school supplies. Blankets and warm clothes will be available as weather cools.

See the church Facebook page for most recent updates.

*Masks can be provided.

As of May 2021, ICYG is only open

FRIDAY 10:00am-12:00pm

Inner City Youth Group, working with the Friday Food Pantry, is able to providing special events like:

Bingo! Hot Pizza! Diaper Delivery Day!

Kinda Makini-Anderson, organizer of Inner City Youth Group, had recently opened an after-school latchkey program at the church.  When schools closed March 13, 2020, she knew she had to do something to help kids that depend on school meals.

She started a Healthy Meal program where school lunches were given away three days a week 11:00-1:00.  Working out of the parking lot, food could be delivered right in the trunk of a car. Clients also came by bicycle and walking with carts.

It soon became apparent that kids were not the only people who needed food. The program was expanded to help anyone in need. A wider variety of foods and household necessities, and even hot pizza, were made available. 

 

Young volunteers from the community, at lower risk from Covil 19, have helped the program work. 

 

If you want to volunteer or make a donation contact the church office: <iroquoischrist@yahoo.com

Tap a photo to learn more.   

Thanks to Tom Ball & Kinda for photos. 

Blue Christmas

Friday December 17, 2020

Partnering with the Inner City Youth Group,  we had a special Blue Christmas event giving out food, school supplies, home necessities, Christmas toys and joys to our community. 

The free bike raffle gave out four bikes and each child picked out a toy. 

Vicar Jeff, with Kinda assisting, proceded over a worship service to bring hope to this bleak year. Several musicians provided beautiful Christmas songs.  

Even during a Pandemic, Life Goes On

A WEDDING! On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Kinda and Kevin were married. A big traditional wedding and reception had been planned in May. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the wedding was delayed and moved to a tent in the church parking lot. The guests were limited in number but very merry. We wish Kinda and Kevin every happiness in their new life together. 

 A Baptism! 

God's Church Continues to Grow 

Sunday, August 13, 2020,  Tyrra's little  granddaughter, Leah, became an official member of Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran  Church. Because of the pandemic, in the church it was Vicar Jeff, family and very close friends only. It was wonderful watch on Zoom and see our church alive again. 

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Vicar Jeff prepares for the baptism
Leah is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Leah with parents and brother.
Leah with her parents and her grandmother Tyra.
Leah, her glamour shot!