It's time to Return. 

I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." -- Psalm 122:1

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. --Ephesians 4:2-3

F.Y.I: In-Person Worship

The worship committee along with the input and guidance from the Church Council, has created the above plan for in-person worship. The content of the plan takes into account the principles of Scripture, advice from our District Presidium and insurance company, practices and plans already in place by other WELS/ELS congregations, state guidelines for worship gatherings, CDC and medical advice for best practices to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Each person has their own comfort level with what personal precautions they deem necessary for their own health and safety. This plan was designed to begin with a more cautious approach so that God-willing all of us can gradually and patiently and as safely as possible walk together in a spirit of mutual love and peace towards normalcy. We do not intend to pressure anyone to return to in-person worship. Return when you feel safe and comfortable. In the meantime we will continue to offer weekly online worship and Bible study options to gather and worship together virtually. 

PLAN OVERVIEW // What to Expect 

GENERAL PRACTICES 
  • DO NOT ATTEND WORSHIP if you or someone in your household is has a temperature or is feeling ill or has other signs of COVID-19 infection. You can worship with us online with new services posted on Monday nights. 
  • As per the CDC guidelines, those who are 65 or older or who have other pre-existing health conditions are encouraged to worship from home.  
  • Practice social distancing of 6 ft. between yourself and people not of your household and avoid physical contact. 
  • We long to reconnect with each other, but please limit lengthier conversations to the church parking lot at a safe social distance. 
  • Practice good hand-washing and sanitizing procedures. 
  • As per the governor's orders we ask worshipers to wear a face covering. You may bring your own, or we will provide a disposable facemask for you.  
WORSHIP TIMES
  • We will have weekly worship Sunday morning worship services 8:30 & 10:15 am. The 8:30 service will not have live congregational singing. Singing (with face-coverings) will be allowed/encouraged in the 10:30 service.  Please register according to what best fits your needs. 
  • For those who would prefer to worship from home, the Sunday morning service will be posted online by Monday evening at 6 pm.  
REGISTERING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
  • Because our seating capacity is limited to 50% and social distancing of 6 ft. between persons, we have space for 18 family units/households in our sanctuary. Once that limit is reached our sanctuary is considered "full". For this reason we expect that members will register for worship before arriving so that we can maintain these safety procedures.  You can register on our home page or by calling the church office at 763-559-0579.  
ENTERING / EXITING
  • Please enter the building through the south (new) sanctuary doors (see map below) and expect to be seated upon entering. 
  • After worship Pastor will excuse families towards the side sanctuary door to exit via the main hallway and either set of exit doors in the middle or north sides of the building. 
WHAT TO EXPECT IN WORSHIP
  • Paper bulletins will be available  at the sanctuary entryway. The content of the service will be projected on monitor screens. 
  • Worship will include congregational speaking (a brief confession of sins, creed, and Lord’s Prayer).
  • The duration of worship will be shortened to 45 minutes or less.
  • We will not collect an offering during worship. Please give electronically on our Ascension App or website or place your offerings in the plates provided upon entering or exiting the sanctuary.
  • Worship attendance will still be taken electronically online or via our app.
  • We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of each month. Distribution and reception of the Sacrament will be done at the end of that service. If you don't feel comfortable taking Lord's Supper Pastor will excuse those before the distribution. We will be using a continues flow method. Each row will be ushered up and around to the center isle were the individual can pick up a wafer and a cup to take back to there seat. Once everyone is back to there seat the Pastor will direct worshipers to receive the bread and wine. Receive the blessing and prayer of thanksgiving. Then you will be excused in the same manor to the exit door. Members are welcome to schedule private communion with the pastor at another time.
CLEANING & BUILDING USE
  • A team of volunteers will clean and sanitize the building on Saturday. Other volunteers will clean the bathrooms and kitchen area and sanitize all hard surfaces and common touch points between services. You can volunteer below.
  • The water fountain will not be available. 
  • The cry room will not be available. If parents need a place to take their child away from worship they can go into the narthex or the kitchen area. 
  • No offices or classrooms will be available. 

If you have any other questions or concerns you can either read the complete RETURN TO WORSHIP document above or contact Pastor Roloff.

May God bless and keep us as we seek to glorify and worship him and grow in grace and knowledge through his Word and love and unity by his Spirit!