While gathering for worship is the heart and center of what we do as a congregation, there comes a time in our hearts when we know we must place the safety and health of our members first. Encouraged by a state and national authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, we are suspending a majority of activities here at church, including:
- Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship (Sermons will continue to be posted here on the website, please see below).
- Sunday school, along with all children and youth activities.
- Wednesday Lenten worship, potlucks, and confirmation classes.
- Homebound, nursing home, and hospital visitation by the pastor (at the request of the nursing homes and hospitals).
Smaller groups, including men’s and women’s groups, sewing and quilting, are free to continue meeting at the church building at their own discretion. Remember, the majority of officials have recommended to suspend all public gatherings of more than 10 persons. We ask members to stop participating at the first sign of illness, or if there is a verified case of the coronavirus in our community.
We do want to continue to guide our members through the crisis as much as possible. Therefore we will continue to:
- Post the Sunday morning sermon here. Sermons are typically uploaded on Sunday mornings by 11:00 A.M.
- Turn on the “home phone” during the taping of the sermon, which will take place on Sundays at 9:00 A.M. (Please remind your elderly family members who have a “home phone” connection to continue to turn it on Sundays).
- Keep the church office staffed and open Monday through Thursday from 8-12. However, the church office will close if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in our community. Please feel free to call the office with messages.
- Provide pastoral counseling and care for crisis situations, including funerals for members. If you have a pastoral emergency at any time, please call Pastor Steve directly at 507-703-1221.
As of this date, we have no way of knowing how long we will need to maintain the safety of our members and community through “social distancing.” Governor Walz’s mandate for school closings continues through March 30; which seems a bit optimistic at this point. When your Church Council and Pastor feel it is safe to resume activities, we will do so with no hesitation.
Please assist in spreading this unfortunate news to your fellow members. As someone mentioned the other day, “We got through the flood, we can get through this!” If you know of any fellow members, either church or community, that need assistance with groceries or shopping, or are simply having a hard time coping with the social isolation, please notify the church office.
We lift up you and your extended family in prayer, asking that our Lord will guard and keep us safe in his arms, in this life and the next.