Christmas is upon us: though this year is different, we invite you to celebrate!

To say that this year is drastically different from any other would be an understatement, between COVID-19, political tumult, and everything else that goes along with 2020.  Nevertheless, with all of the turmoil and negativity in the world, we invite you to join us as we celebrate what is good in the world around us this Advent season.

Where’s my cantata?

Unfortunately, as per the Ohio Department of Health and others singing can increase the spread of the coronavirus, our choir is on hiatus, as is any singing in our in-person worship.  With that being said, last year we were unable to post the 2019 cantata, Song of Joy.  This year, we will be posting it as a bonus episode on the Shepherdcast and as a video to YouTube and Facebook.  You can view the video on our Facebook page beginning Thursday, December 10 at 11 AM, or you can watch below on YouTube or listen below on the Shepherdcast.

Click here to view this on YouTube.

Click here to listen on the Shepherdcast.

Christmas Eve-Eve is back.

This year, we will once again hold a special evening worship service on the day before Christmas Eve.  On Wednesday, December 23 at 7 PM, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Join us on Sunday mornings.

We will continue to have Sunday morning services at 9:30 AM throughout Advent and Christmas. All are welcome to join us!

If you’re at a higher risk of catching COVID, we are virtual.

We understand that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some do not feel comfortable leaving their homes. Therefore, we will be bringing every worship service to you this Advent and Christmas via our church’s podcast, the Shepherdcast. We are on all of the major podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. If you want to learn more about our podcast, please visit www.sotvchurch.com/shepherdcast.

Regardless of whether you choose to put on a mask and socially distance with us in person or to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID, we wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas!

Webmaster’s Note: Should Congregation Council decide to cancel in-person worship services at the church due to worsening pandemic conditions, we will update the church website and send out e-mails and social media posts.  As of this writing, no in-person worship services have been cancelled.