We are having in-person worship services for both Wednesday and Sunday. Please decide for yourself if you are healthy enough to attend worship, we still want everyone to be safe. If you are elderly or immune compromised and at risk, it may be safer for you to stay home and worship through the radio for the time being. There are many new rules to follow as we re-open. Pew cushions and hymnals have been removed. There will not be bulletins and everything will be on the screens. Communion is prepackaged in individual cups, you may pick up as you enter. Unless you are a family that is together daily, please keep your 6 foot distance. There will be hand sanitizer available to use freely and we have some masks available also for people who wish to wear them. Remember no close contact with anyone is requested. If you wish to visit, please do so outside after worship and still maintain your distance. Due to aerosolization (droplets spraying) of the virus, we request you to listen to the hymns as the song leader sings them to us, instead of joining in with the singing. This is the same with prayers also, please pray silently. Please let us know if you have any questions about any of this! Stay safe and healthy everyone!
Update as of November 19, 2020:
Beginning this Sunday, we will be worshiping in TWO SPACES at our church, the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall. As you enter, you will be asked to choose between the two spaces.
Here are some factors to consider:
The sanctuary has hard pews, but you get to see the pastor and singers in person!
The Fellowship Hall, on the other hand, has cushioned seating and you get to sit at a table, but your view of the pastor and musicians will be from the big tv screen!
The choice is yours (well, kind of- see below). 😊
This choice is being offered in response to an email received yesterday from the Bishop of our Eastern ND Synod, Tessa Moon Leiseth. In this email, Bishop Tessa strongly recommended that we stop doing in person worship until conditions are safer.
Leaders of our church met to discuss the Bishop’s recommendation and decided to continue in person worship, with renewed commitment to mask wearing and other safety practices, and with a decrease in capacity.
The number of people allowed in the sanctuary will decrease from 50 people to 40. In addition, 40 people will be allowed in the Fellowship Hall.
By offering worshipers the choice of our two spaces, we are hoping some of you will choose to give the Fellowship Hall a try, better dispersing people between the two spaces.
Additionally, we thought it might be a great worship space for families with extra active kids. Please feel free to bring activities with that they can do at the tables, like coloring or drawing!