The response of Session to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The session of this church continues to monitor very closely the trends throughout ND, particularly Cass County, regarding the spread of the coronavirus. They have adopted the following guidelines as session discerns its actions to resume public worship and other largely attended events. Those criteria include the following:
  • We will monitor the daily infection rate for Cass County, with the goal of a deceasing trajectory for 14 days, approaching or reaching 1.0%.
  • We will seek to love our neighbors – prioritizing and modeling care for the vulnerable and seeking the common good.
  • We will be sensitive to the loss felt as we have not gathered for in-person worship.
  • We will, at a minimum, adhere to guidance and guidelines put forth by governing bodies and public health authorities.
  • We will review information and guidance regularly, revising recommendations as needed and when appropriate.
  • We will continue to provide online worship and strive to make all small groups, studies, and committees accessible via ZOOM, even when limited in-person groups begin to regather.
Public worship has been suspended at least through February 17, 2021.  Sunday School for all ages continues to be via ZOOM, Sundays at 9:15 am.

The church office is open 9:00 am-noon, Monday-Thursday; staff continues to work the hybrid model of office in the mornings and home in the afternoons. If you wish to speak with someone, you’re encouraged to call ahead. If you have a fob, feel free to enter the building to drop off mission items, pick up a These Days, visit the library, etc. There’s a lock box next to the office door if you wish to drop off communications when the office is closed. Due to the unpredictable use of the sanctuary for recording and rehearsals, call the office before visiting the sanctuary. Call Sally if you would like to play one of the church’s pianos. Wear a mask whenever you enter the building. If you don’t have one with you, we have some in the entryway of the west doors.

Small groups of ten or fewer are invited to meet at the church, using masks and social distancing. Fill out a “building use request form” found on our website to schedule a room (or pick up a paper copy at the office), so we can reserve a room large enough for your meeting. We ask that you leave the room as you found it.
Households are encouraged to return your Estimate of Giving Cards to the church office as session discerns the 2021 budget! You may wish to pay your offering through the online portal embedded in the online worship services, or through ACH, automatic withdrawal from your checking account. ACH Authorization Forms can be found on our website under “Forms & Policies, PDFs to print and mail” or contact the office if you need one mailed to you. You may choose to send or bring your offering to the church as well.

Finally, we are eager to stay connected and committed to one another! If you have a concern or a worry, contact us at the church. Let us know how we can be present with you!

Love and Blessings, Pastor Mary