The Shared Ministry Council met Wednesday evening, May 13 at the Nyman House. Council President, Diane Liljedahl, has received a copy of the CDC Guidelines for Reopening of Churches. A list of the safety measures recommended are below for you to read. Our Bishop has also recommended that services not be held at church during May. The Council had a lengthy discussion about the changes necessary and when to resume worship in the church's sanctuary once again. Darin Johnson made the motion to re-evaluate the current situation in a month to better determine when to resume services. The motion was seconded by Diane Liljedahl. A vote on the motion was taken and unanimously approved by the Council.
Church services will not be held at our churches on May 17, 24, 31 or June 7.
Pastor Ann will continue sending her weekly message to our congregations via e-mail or regular mail. She is available to talk with members on the phone also. The Shared Ministry Council will meet on June 3 to discuss the possibility of resuming services on June 14.
The Shared Ministry Council members would like to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.
Pastor Ann Albert firstname.lastname@example.org 379-3332 or cell 515-351-7727
Fremont Lutheran Council Members: St. John's Lutheran Council Members:
Darin Johnson DAJCATTLE@Yahoo.com 379-3326 Diane Liljedahl email@example.com 379-3682
Paul Anderson 712-621-9704 Sherry Camilletti firstname.lastname@example.org 712-215-9353
Tim Tillman email@example.com 712-370-0349 Janet Walker firstname.lastname@example.org 379-3234
Please continue to keep our leaders, churches, elderly and others and all health care professionals in your prayers.
Members of St. John’s & Fremont Lutheran -
Before worship services resume, we have taken into consideration some of the following safety measures recommended by the CDC, that will take place prior to
worship services and following worship services during these unsure times.
* Deep cleaning and sanitizing in heavy traffic areas after worship services.
* Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after worship service.
* Elevator buttons and door knobs will be cleaned and sanitized after worship services.
* Hand sanitizer will be placed at both entry doors of the sanctuary, the kitchen and restrooms.
* Offering trays will not be passed, they will be placed at both doors.
* No communion will be served.
* No singing will be observed.
* Spaced out seating for members who do not live in the same household.
* Hymnals will be removed from the sanctuary. Music will be printed and inserted in bulletin.
* Clergy will continue making phone calls or virtual visits.
When attending services at St. John’s members are asked to follow these recommendations.
1.) Wearing a mask is required inside the church.
2.) When attending worship services, please refrain from forming group conversations. Keep in mind “social distancing” recommendation of 6’.
3.) NO hand shaking.
4.) Please take your bulletin home with you for disposal, used bulletins are not to be left at the church.
5.) Hand sanitizer, soap and tissues will be available for use.
6.) Remember to limit elevator passengers to family members only.
Please remember that St. John’s Lutheran church
& St. John’s cemetery continue to have financial obligations.
Your support is appreciated!
A Note from Pastor Ann
We are making preparations for opening church when we have the all clear. Church will be different. We won’t be able to sing. Probably will be prevented from praying unison prayers. Both of these are recommended to limit the spread of air born particles. Our hope is that everyone will be safe when we reopen our doors.
Church will be different, but God is the same, He never changes.
In these difficult times it is essential that we reach out to our friends, family, and neighbors. Check on them, let them know that they are not alone.
I am here for you. Call me if you need or want to talk.
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen