Letter from the Elders,

Blessings to you from our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope this updated letter continues to find everyone in good health. The purpose of this letter is to let you know that as a leadership group at Grace, we have decided to resume services starting Sunday June 7 at 9:00am. At this time we will NOT be offering the Saturday evening worship services but may resume those in the future. We will be doing our best to ensure that we have as safe an environment as possible when resuming services. Included with the letter is a list of member responsibilities, worship changes and facility changes that everyone needs to follow. Even with all these safeguards, some people may still feel apprehensive about resuming worship at this time. Everyone’s situation is different, you may have a health condition that puts you at risk, you may be caring for someone in a high risk group and so on. Because of this worshiping in-person at Grace is not an option that everyone can take advantage of at this time. We will continue our livestream and recorded services for the foreseeable future to cover this need, access available from our worship page.

With the celebration of Pentecost, re-opening of in-person worship and the call of a new Pastor, we should all be filled with faith that our Lord Jesus Christ has a plan to use Grace to serve his kingdom.

Bless you for being a member of Christ’s family at Grace and we pray for the safety of all of God’s people.

In Person Attendance Requirements

Members of Grace must follow the following rules as published by the state of Minnesota. As Christians we have been told to love our neighbors as ourselves so we need everyone’s adherence to ensure that Grace is not spreading COVID-19 among our membership. We love each one of our members and the best ways to show that love is to provide as much protection as possible.

  1. If you are feeling ill in any way you must remain at home instead of worshiping in person. Symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19 include
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body ache
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. If you have been in contact recently with anyone that has been confirmed or has shown any of the listed symptoms of COVID-19, you must remain at home.
  3. You are required to bring and wear a facemask that covers your nose and mouth while at Grace. Many people that contract COVID-19 are asymptomatic at first and this shows your love and compassion to other members of Grace. If you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask for the service, please worship via livestream.
  4. Always follow the social distancing guideline of keeping six-feet apart
  5. Please be sure to wash your hands after using the restroom since we cannot clean the restrooms between usage during the service.
  6. If you enter the restroom and you cannot maintain proper social distancing, please exit and wait until others have exited the restroom.
  7. We will have music as part of the worship but we are asking members NOT to sing at this time. Studies have shown that singing can spread the virus. Pastor will be singing the hymns.
  8. The Elders will be seating the members. Please wait for the Elder before entering the sanctuary. We will allow family units to sit together but will try to maintain as much physical separation as possible for members from different families. We will be trying to fill the church from the front to the back to reduce contact. If the church reaches the social distancing limit, we will unfortunately be unable to seat any additional members in the sanctuary and plan on using the fellowship hall for seating. The plan is to broadcast the service to the fellowship hall using the overhead projector. If you have some special need like sitting next to a speaker or under a light, please let the Elder know and we will try and accommodate your request.
  9. The Elders will be dismissing people after the conclusion of the service from back to the front, again to try and reduce contact.
  10. It’s been quite a while since we’ve all been together and it would be great to “catch-up” with one another. Please, instead of gathering inside the church, move these conversations to the parking lot or the lawn at Grace. This allows for as much physical separation as required and provides a constant flow of fresh air.
  11. Many of our members have enjoyed the live-stream or recorded services from their homes. We will be continuing these offerings to ensure that any member of Grace that may be at higher risk or caring for others at high risk maintains a connection to the word of God.
  12. If you were to become positive for COVID-19 after attending worship services, please contact Pete Heyrman. We promise to keep all of your information private but want to ensure we contact others that may have been in attendance at the same Grace events.

Resources

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pandemic information here.

Our state does a good job of providing current information on the state response to the pandemic here.

Olmsted County specific information can be found here.