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

In-Person Worship Resumes June 14

PREPAREDNESS Plan:

The worship committee along with the input and guidance from the Church Council, has created the above plan for returning to worship on June 14th. 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 (whatever that may end up looking like). At the same time neither Pastor Roloff nor our leadership 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 

If you would like to review the plan in detail and in full click the blue button above or click here. Otherwise the most significant changes are as follows:
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. 
  • We encourage but do not require worshipers to wear facemasks. If you would like to wear one, you may bring your own, or we will provide a disposable facemask for you. We do not want wearing or not wearing facemasks to become a cause for offense or division among us. Therefore if being in proximity to others who are not wearing a facemask makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, it is probably best for you to worship from home until you are ready. If we’re preoccupied while we’re in worship our hearts will not be focused on the Lord.   
WORSHIP TIMES
  • We will have (identical) Sunday morning worship services 8:30 & 10:00 am. 
  • For those who would prefer to worship from home, the Sunday morning service will be posted online by Monday evening at 6 pm. 
  • We will not resume Monday night worship until further notice. 
REGISTERING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
  • Because our seating capacity is limited to 25% and social distancing of 6 ft. between persons, we have space for 15 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 by clicking on the buttons below 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 placed in each pew. These will include the entire worship service. Please take your service folder with you upon exiting and dispose of them at home.  
  • Until further notice we will not have live congregational singing. Songs will be pre-recorded by a small group and played during worship.
  • Worship will include congregational speaking (a brief confession of sins, creed, and Lord’s Prayer).
  • The duration of worship will be shortened to 40 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 not be celebrating the Lord’s Supper until we have worked out the logistics so that the distribution and reception of the Sacrament can be done in a way that is organized and reduced risk. 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! 

Register for Worship - June 14

Ushering VOlunteers - June 14

We will be looking for 2 ushers per service to help direct worshipers to open seats at the beginning of each service. 

Cleaning Volunteers 

We will be looking for volunteers to help clean the facility before each worship service. Below is a job description and sign ups.