At January’s council meeting, the council revisited the guidelines for in-person worship during the ongoing corona virus pandemic. After much discussion, the council voted to repeal the previous guidelines and adopt the following:
Effective February 1, 2021, the church building will reopen its doors to in-person meetings and worship. This includes Sunday School, quilters, Ladies Aid, Bible studies, and Lutheran Men in Mission. If your group does decide to resume meeting in person, we ask that you follow safety guidelines and that you sanitize your space with provided supplies upon leaving. The council has set the following guidelines, (which may be modified dependent upon government authority orders or church council directives) for in-person attendance:
- Masks are required while inside the building.
- Appropriate social distancing guidelines are to be followed.
Parking lot worship will continue at 8:00am, with the service broadcast on 87.9 FM. The 8:00am service will also be recorded and uploaded to the church website and Facebook page. In-person worship will resume February 7th at 10:05am and will look similar to the services held in October.
A face mask is required, and we will have some available if you forget yours. A council member will hand you a bulletin as you enter, and there will be a collection plate for your offering. We will safely space out the seating. You may continue to bring your own communion elements, or you may use the individually prepackaged wafer and wine kits that are available. Linda Pieper and Linda Schulze will continue to provide music during worship, and we will add the singing of the Hymn of the Day. Traditional sharing of the peace may be done with members of your own family that are seated with you, but a smile and a wave to others will have to do for now. There will be no reception line following the service.
These are some of the changes that we will be implementing to insure that everyone remains safe and may be added to or adjusted if deemed appropriate or necessary.