Congregational Gatherings Suspended
Dear Members and Friends of Christ Church Lutheran,
With public health concerns focused on preventing the spread of the infectious Coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to think about how we can stay healthy and in community as church. Today, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend all congregational gatherings for worship (Sundays and mid-week), meetings and events through April 2nd.
We have fostered faithful and caring Christian community as we have sought to mitigate exposure to this new health risk. It is now clear that we are facing an unprecedented situation. This virus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. The news this morning is that it has spread to 49 states in the USA. Based on local context situations, responses vary.
New and clear guidelines have been issued by the MN Department of Health and underscored by Governor Walz in an effort to curb the rate of transmission and illness so as not to overwhelm a health care system that does not have the capacity to respond to a huge spike in illness. In response, many churches in the Twin Cities area are temporarily closing and pausing all face-to-face gatherings through March.
The risks of spreading the virus as we gather for worship are significant for we are not able to ensure we keep a social distance of 6 feet from one another as advised. Exposure to this virus is not good community care.
However, we will continue to be church together for the Spirit of God moves across time and space. God will continue to unite us and meet us in our need and vulnerability. Pray for one another, our neighbors and people who are most vulnerable to the illness and the economic and employment impacts of this crisis. Pray for health care providers who are preparing to respond to needs that will arise.
If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 612-721-6611 or send an email to email@example.com. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact the church office by phone or email to let us know.
We will send emails to keep you updated on our planning and to encourage you in faith during these times. As your leaders we will be meeting to plan more about how we live as a faithful community during this time. Please pray for us and let your generosity and graciousness abound. You can give online via the website, through your Vanco account or mail your offerings to the church office.
Remember, God is present, moving in in our community and in the world right now. The promises of God remain steadfast. We will continue to trust God who “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46)
The peace of Christ be with you,
Pastors Eva Jensen, Erik Haaland, Robert Farlee and Martin Seltz
Christ Church Council President, Matthew Courtney