Church Reopening Update - June 6, 2020

We will resume holding weekly indoor worship in the sanctuary beginning on Saturday, June 6, at 5:30 pm and Sunday, June 7, at 10 am. We are eager to be together to worship, sing and have Holy Communion again! At the same time, for the safety of our worshipers, we will follow strict social distancing and minimize physical contact as recommended for Phase 1 by the CDC, the ELCA and our insurance company. Some parts of the service will be modified – but it will still feel like worship!

  • The sanctuary pews and doors will be wiped down with sanitizer prior to the first service and between all services afterwards.

  • Please maintain a six foot distance at all times and do not exchange handshakes. Individuals and families will be seated by the ushers six feet apart from each other. If more people attend than can be accommodated with this restriction, they will be offered overflow seating first in the Gathering Space and then under the front entrance canopy.

  • We have a limited supply of PPE. Please bring your face mask to wear (required) and gloves (recommended). You are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer too.

  • The communion wafers and wine/grape juice will be in individual cups for each person to pick up in trays.

  • There will be a children’s sermon but the children will remain in their seats.

  • There will be no children’s worship downstairs, nor any Learning Hour classes, nor other indoor meetings or events during the whole week that involve more than ten people.

  • No refreshments or drinking fountains so bring your own bottled water if you wish. Restrooms are available for emergency use only.

  • There will be no paper bulletin or Son Times – everything will be on the screen!

  • Vulnerable people and those who feel sick or have a high temperature should stay home.

As an explanation of why we are having one service on Saturday and one on Sunday, but not two on Sunday yet, we’ve been advised it is better to have services on separate days rather than back-to-back on the same day. This allows the air to be recirculated between services, minimizing the risk of virus infection. If you customarily worship at one of the Sunday morning services, you may want to try the Saturday service to help even out attendance.

The online worship service will still be available every week (see below).

Our goal is both to worship and to stay healthy!

We will continue to have limited meetings of groups within the church itself. We will post an update when we have a set date for Phase 2 of the reopening which will include opening up children and youth activities within the church.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

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