Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM
Christian Education: 10:10 AM
(Family Sunday School & Bible)
Midweek Advent Vespers: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 7:00 PM
We are open for in-person worship. You and your family are welcome to join us for safe, socially distanced worship, so that you might hear God's Word, find comfort and encouragement in Jesus' promises, and grow in your relationship with the Lord.
Please note that the most recent "dial back" restrictions to take effect at 11:59 PM on Friday, Nov. 20 do not affect places of worship. As a result, we continue to be 'open for business.' If your church has happened to close during this four-week pause, you're welcome to visit!
The Minnesota Department of Health has set safety protocols for places of worship. Currently capacity is restricted to 50% of building occupancy, which allows us to accomodate worshipers comfortably. The social distancing guideline of 6 feet is easily maintained by leaving every other pew vacant. Please observe these guidelines as you join us. In the fall and winter months you may notice a cool breeze in the sanctuary; this is the additional ventilation as an out-of-an-abundance-of-caution accommodation that has been instituted.
On entering our sanctuary you'll find several single-use service folders in the pews that are intended to be used. Additional copies are available. Our order of service is abbreviated, but still uses the familiar liturgies.
We celebrate the Lord's Supper twice a month - on the second and last Sundays - and do so with safety in mind: the pastor is gloved (and masked) and distributes the bread and wine to communicants while they are seated.
Worshipers are ushered out from the back of the sanctuary to avoid crossing paths with fellow worshipers. Please greet one another outside. Handsanitzer is available at several places in the entryway and lobby.
We have a limited supply of masks, so we'd ask that you bring your own. Please note that not everyone necessarily wears a mask (e.g. children age 5 and under are exempt, those leading worship are exempt - as specified for presenters in group assemblies per the original mask mandate). Individuals may also have health conditions that make wearing a face covering difficult.
We want you to feel comfortable and know that you are safe as you join us for worship. We continue come together to be fed by our Lord through Word and Sacrament. Email us, if you have any questions. Thank you!
Individuals who are at higher risk are encouraged to continue using online worship options from home. See the "Spiritual Family Growth" tab for a list of churches that live-stream or video record and post their worship services at YouTube or Vimeo.
If you are exhibiting symptoms, are quarantining, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home for now and worship with us at a later date.
For information COVID-19 in the state, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website here.
Prayer for health care workers ...
Thank you, Lord, for the dedicated service of gifted and compassionate health care workers - doctors, nurses, assistants, technicians, and others. Through them you provide for the needs of those who are suffering and dying. Grant such workers strength, stamina, skill, and sympathy so that they are able to continue to serve as your hands to bless those in need. Amen.
A STEWARDSHIP NOTE
An online giving option can be found on this website. Look for the "Give Now" link in the upper right-hand corner of our homepage. The gifts of God's people will help the minstry of God's church continue even when we are temporarily unable to gather as a congregation and give our gifts in a more customary fashion. You may mail your gifts to church, as well. Thank you to those who have done so!
2020 - THE BEST YEAR TO GIVE
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was put into effect on March 27, 2020. In all likelihood you received a direct deposit check from the US Treasury Department, typically $1200 for an individual and $2400 for a couple.
The CARES Act also includes great tax benefits. If you take the standard deduction (meaning you don't itemize), you can deduct up to $300 per taxpayer in charitable contributions. This adjustment will reduce your adjusted gross income, which reduces your taxable income.
Also, as part of the CARES Act, individuals who do itemize can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income. Normally, you can only deduct up to 60%. This new deduction applies only to gifts that go to a nonprofit organization.
To take advantage of these opportunities, you can donate to any nonprofit organization that is a registered 501 (3) (c). Emmanuel Lutheran Church qualifies as does our larger church body, the WELS.
Visit home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares to read about the CARES Act. Or, contact your financial planner/CPA for additional information on taking advantage of these tax benefits.