Churches return to virtual services

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Trinity Lutheran Church has suspended in-person services beginning Sunday for the entire month of January.

Pastor Andy Twiton said virtual attendance is currently the safest option for the community.

He said the break is less painful because they have installed a camera and production equipment that allows live musical performances to be broadcast to people at home.

“It’s something we’re able to do this time that we weren’t in the past because we have the microphone and the system that can record a live band of musicians and singers,” said the Pastor Twiton.

Sixty-year-old member Karen Paulson said her faith had never been so tested as in the past two years.

“It’s very difficult, but we study the Bible regularly, and in prayer and feel in touch with our Lord,” said Paulson. “I’m sorry for people who don’t get this regularly, but it keeps us going.”

Wisconsin Council of Churches community health program director Rev. Daniel Schultz said the goal is to avoid another year of isolation by physically distancing for a month.

“What we’re asking people to think about is what more can you do for your friends, loved ones and members of your community? said Reverend Schultz. “Not the least. What more can you do? If you can’t tolerate being apart from each other for four to six weeks, can you do something like get people to step up their mask game? »

“We know it’s not just a virus that’s hurting us,” said Pastor Twiton. “It’s also loneliness and all those other needs that are missing when we have to stay away.”

The Islamic Center of Madison said it is monitoring cases of COVID-19 in the community. From now on, their plan is to continue socially distanced, masked and in-person Friday services.

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Perry A. Thomasson