Summer Worship Schedule:
Sundays, 9:00 AM and Mondays, 7:00 PM
We resumed public services on the weekend of May 31, following the state-wide suspension of worship gatherings in effect since mid-March. MDH guidance set forth certain safety protocols which we have been following to ensure the safety of worshipers.
On June 14 a further relaxation of restrictions allowed us to welcome worshipers at 50% of sanctuary capacity. For us, that's approximately equal to 50-60 individuals in a single service. Our summer schedule of Sunday and Monday means we at Emmanuel have not had to institute any reservation process as some churches. Simply put, show up and there's a place for you.
Again, be advised that social distancing and other public health guidelines do apply. Please do not attend at this time time
- if you are experiencing signs of illness: elevated temperature , coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing
- if someone in your home was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and is in self-quarantine
- if you fit into the category of an individual at higher risk for severe illness per CDC guideline
What is worship like at present?
We use an abbreviated form of service on communion and non-communion Sundays. Large-size bulletins are placed in pews to be used. We ask that only one family, couple, or single individual sit in a pew. With every other pew occupied, that typically translates into the 6 foot social distancing guideline.
When weather permits, the windows will be open for additional ventilation. It's not always practical when warm outside, so the air conditioning will be on as needed.
We have limited hymn-singing (two hymns printed on a bulletin insert). Select songs from the liturgy are used. The overall length of the service is shorter than normal.
Contact-less communion is practiced with the pastor gloved and masked. An usher will direct you forward by family unit. The communion distribution ends the service.
You will be ushered out or dismissed (depending on the service) to avoid crossing paths with your fellow worshipers. Please greet one another outside.
Handsanitzer is available at several places in the entryway and lobby. Limit the use of the restroom to one individual at a time (parents and children are an exception).
Please have your own face covering. Note: not everyone present will necessarily wear
a face covering during worship (e.g. children 5 and under are exempt, pastors, vocalists, and instrumentalists leading worship are exempt, as well those who have health conditions that make wearing a face covering difficult.
If you are looking for an increased social distancing experience, you may want to begin by visiting on a Monday evening when typically a dozen worshipers or so are in attendance.
We want you to feel comfortable and know that you are safe as you join us in worship of God. We come together to be fed by our Lord through Word and Sacrament. Email us, if you have any questions. Thank you!
A NOTE TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS: We recognize that those who typically pass through our doors to worship comprise of a wide variety of people of different ages, physical and health conditions, opinions and sensitivities. We leave to your discretion and comfort level whether to join us at our public services at this time. If your preference is to stay at home and make use of online worship opportunities found at our website or at our synod’s website (www.wels.net), know that we do count you as part of the family in Christ that is blessed to be Emmanuel Lutheran Church. As one of our pastors expressed it well: “The church is not a building, it is a gathering of believers around God’s Word and Sacraments.”
For up-to-date information on the spread of COVID-19 and those affected, 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 large 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.