|Letter from the Pastor
Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this note finds you blessed in the Lord and healthy in the midst of this pandemic. Our Lord is in charge in the midst of all things and desires nothing but our good. Please keep me, the staff, and all our church leaders in your daily prayers as well.
Following the governor's agreement to allow in-person worship services at 25% capacity, with certain restrictions, the church council agreed unanimously to have in-person worship once again at our worship services. At this time we are having only our 10:45 Sunday and our 7:00 Thursday services.
It is with some excitement, mixed with concern, that return to in-person worship again after almost 3 months. We are following - and exceeding - Minnesota's guidelines out of care for one another. We are going ahead, but with caution.
Most importantly, if you find yourself, or anyone in your immediate household, sick or vulnerable due to age or health condition, please use one of our online or digital worship options (see below). All of our online worship services, Bible Studies, and daily walk through the Bible will continue. If you are unable to use them, please let the church know and we will strive to help.
If you are able to worship in a safe manner, please be aware of these changes to our gathering:
+ We ask that you wear a mask (and will provide one if needed).
+ No water fountain, so you may want to bring a water bottle.
+ Please keep six feet distance from non-family throughout the building (including in the pews).
+ There will be a station with masks, hand sanitizer, and bulletins for pick up at each entrance.
+ Don't hand back the bulletins; please take them home or throw away.
+ Greeters will ask a few health questions before you enter the sanctuary.
+ Ten hymnals are available to pick-up and drop off going into and out of the sanctuary. Common use items (hymnals, Bibles, etc.) are NOT available in the sanctuary.
+ Please don't shake hands.
+ We will NOT do the pre-service greeting time.
+ A Cantor, facing the altar and masked, will sing the hymns.
+ Please don't sing without a mask; you may want to hum or just listen.
+ Drop your offering in the box at the Sanctuary entrance on your way in or out.
+ All staff will wear masks during service, except that I will will be maskless during the sermon and preaching from between the altar rails (25 feet from the nearest person in the pews).
+ We can have up to 90 people in the pews (in accordance with the 25% capacity rule set by the MN government).
+ Everyone will be ushered out, back pews first.
+ I will greet you on way out – using mask at that point and NOT shaking hands.
+ Pew rails and sides, light switches, and door handles will be wiped down and sanitized.
These are some of the ways we show God’s love during this time.
In His grip,
Pastor Kevin Tiaden
There are many ways you can stay connected to Christ’s body:
Above all, remember to pray for each other, for all those who are sick, and for their caregivers. And remember that God does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), but works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28)! Share Jesus with the anxious and lonely!
Information from the CDC
- See or hear the services online (Facebook / YouTube / Podcast) or ask the office to send you a DVD and worship bulletin in the mail.
- Follow along with the online worship bulletins.
- Join one of the online Bible studies (Facebook) and take the Stay-at-Home Bible Reading Challenge.
- There are many trustworthy resources for daily devotions and Bible study.
- Send your email address to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive newsletters and other communications.
- Read the weekly Beacon online.
- Make your offering online or mail it - bills and salaries still need to be paid!
- Ask the office to put you on the BEAM list for home communion.
- Call up your friends and talk, or chat on our Facebook group!
- Consider special donations to LCMS World Relief to help with the crisis.
- Let us know if you or your neighbor need assistance; there are members who are willing to help in various ways.
Minnesota Department of Health and COVID-19 Hotlines
A video message from the President of the Missouri Synod
"What Martin Luther Teaches Us About Coronavirus"