Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has never been closed! During the nearly 3 months of “Stay at Home” we transitioned to a fully digital worship life together in order to keep each other and our neighbors safer, yet never missed a Sunday of preaching the Good News of Jesus to all with ears to hear. We then transitioned into a phase of parking lot services, while refining and honing what has become our Digital Campus. Beginning in October 2020 we tried our hand at in person indoor worship, and after helpful feedback we were able to evolve by November 2020 into the indoor service with socially distant seating, congregationally spoken worship responses, and music provided from our Digital Campus.
Now in April of ’21 we are excited to move into our Outdoor Worship Season, so that we can again sing together, out in the backyard.
We will continue social distancing work outside, as well as continue wearing face coverings for these services, until a time in which we can gather safely FOR ALL without them.
As a community we have prioritized the health of our most vulnerable members, following Jesus’ example. While our individual response to Covid-19 and our willingness to engage in community activities, wear masks in public, etc. may differ, as our community we’ve agreed that together, we will take a careful, measured approach, wearing masks when we are together, and caring for one another by maintaining physical distancing. By doing so, we prioritize the health of our community as a whole.
“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” — 1st John 3:18
How Did we get here?
Our Leadership team has been meeting regularly, praying together, and together as a group creating what we feel is our best path forward. We’ve been studying materials from a number of sources, consulting medical professionals in the field of epidemiology and working closely with our denominational resources from the ELCA as we have developed this plan. As a leadership team and as a staff, we have agreed that a careful, measured approach is the best way to care for one another as we come back together. Below is a list of many resources that have been among our resources to consult, and you may wish to do more extended reading to discover some of the “whys” behind our plan.
We understand that it may happen that someone forgets a mask. Fear not! If you don’t have yours with you we have many styles and options available for you right at the front door, grab one that works for you. After church you can then keep it for next time.
We are so glad you asked! As you might imagine we will need LOTS of volunteers, as always it is our people that make this church what it is. From cleaning bathrooms, to wiping down chairs, to checking people in.
Not for regular Sunday services, but there is limited seating. We have put in as many seats as will fit with groupings 6 feet apart, yet because of our small sanctuary relative to our congregational size this is a limiting factor.
Any of your Leadership Team or the Pastors would be happy to try to answer your questions, especially in this time. We are regularly discussing and weighing the best information available to us at the time.
If you have any questions about any of these materials, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the Leadership Team or the Pastors! We welcome your questions!