OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
As our church responds to the present health crisis, we need God’s wisdom where ours fails (Prov 9:10), God’s strength when we feel weak (2 Cor 12:9), God’s presence when we feel afraid (Is. 41:10), God’s love when we are given to fear (1 John 4:18), and God’s peace when we grow anxious (Phil 4:6-7). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10) and so that is where we begin. In the process of making decisions about how we proceed, we have sought feedback from our congregation, asked for perspective from fellow pastors, and considered the recommendations from the best of our human institutions. However, more than all of these, we have sought the Lord’s will and asked God’s Spirit to give us the wisdom we lack.
We as elders have been in continued prayer seeking God’s wisdom about how to navigate COVID-19 as a church and when to gather in person. We are thankful for your flexibility as a community to do your best to reduce the risk for transmission as we have sought to care for our congregation and local community well. It is not easy, but we have been encouraged by the growth we have seen in our church as we have sought to be patient in regathering and proactive in our discipleship at a distance. Our goal has not been to hold back our congregation but to care and disciple our people the best we can given our present circumstances. We feel immense responsibility for your spiritual and physical health and are making these decisions with our communities best interest in mind. It has also become clear that for the majority of those in our congregation, the felt need to gather physically in our building now outweighs the felt risk of COVID-19 transmission. You have been patient and understanding throughout this process and we as elders are thankful.
This summer, we called on the deacons to assemble a team to outline a plan that would allow our church to gather physically in our building while maintaining or exceeding MDH (MN Department of Health) guidelines. We as elders have confidence that this plan allows those who would like to gather in-person for worship on Sunday mornings to do so. Lord willing, the first in-person worship service will be held on October 18th at 10:30am.
We will continue to watch the COVID-19 environment and assess how our church follows protocol in gathering and make adjustments as needed. We recognize that our congregation contains the full spectrum of COVID-19 transmission risk tolerance. We will continue to run the livestream and other distanced discipleship efforts to accommodate those who cannot attend in-person gatherings. Please take a look at your own risk tolerance and pick the worship option that works well for you.
Below, you will find a PDF that contains the in-person gathering guidelines for our church for October-December 2020. Please read through these guidelines carefully as you consider whether or not to attend. We understand that some of these restrictions may cause disappointment or frustration. You are welcome to reach out to any one of the elders and share your feelings. Know that these plans have been developed with your best interest in mind and that these guidelines are in place only for a season, though we don’t know how long that season will last.
Please continue to pray with us that God would give us all joy as we endure this season of isolation, and that God would be glorified in our efforts to love and serve one another.
Grace + Peace
Pastor Jeremy, Mike, Rick and Mark
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
We have permanently updated our office hours. Our church office is open to the public Monday and Wednesday from 8am-4pm and Thursdays from 8am-12pm. You can call the office between those hours at 612-332-3651. If you call outside those hours, please leave in our general mailbox as we will check our voicemail daily.
Another way to get in touch with us is via email. You can email a staff person directly (email addresses found on our website) or send an email to . We will do our best to respond to your emails in a timely manner.