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Church is back in session with limited capacity


Story By Meghan Mamlock
Local News Published 05/02/2021 5:51PM, Last Updated 05/03/2021 5:53PM
Rhinelander - The Trinity Lutheran Church in Rhinelander has made electronic adaptations allowing people to attend Sunday worship whether it's through their phone, in the comfort of their home and even back in the pews.

The Trinity Lutheran Church has been having on site worship every other weekend since January 31; but in a limited capacity of 50 people. For Pastor Kari Vadis it brings out emotions.

"Every time its kind of overwhelming. I feel very moved just from the energy and peoples excitement to see one another and be together," said Vadis. 

Like many others --the church adapted their online presence for their Sunday and Wednesday worships, connecting with their congregation from a far.

"It just that this turned it up like 10 thousand notches, like suddenly we had to be ready every week and suddenly we cared a lot more about the quality and we knew that we needed to give people a spiritual nourishment that they couldn't get anywhere else," said Vadis. 

And for church member Jane Pierce it was an adjustment.

"You're sitting in your car by yourself visiting with people on your phone but you know it worked it was a just a transition time that's all," said Pierce.

The church has put in CDC guidelines to ensure its congregation is safe, such as no seating every other pew, no communion and mandatory mask wearing. 

For the people that attend church it is their community, social group, and sometimes a second family, so being able to have that limited interaction during worship after a year of no interaction, brings a smile to Pastor Kari.

"Seeing people come back, some of the people that were here today I haven't seen in person, I've seen them over zoom, but I haven't seen them in person in like a year," said Vadis. "So just kind of being together sort of brings me all the feels."

For more information on how to attend virtually or in person you can visit their website.
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