Thursday, March 26, 5pm
In keeping with the Governor’s order for all non-essential activities to cease and for all who are able to remain in place at home, we share the following updates:
- In-person worship on Sundays and Wednesdays continues to be suspended. We are producing video recordings of weekly worship services that can be viewed on our YouTube Channel: PoPRoseville. This will include all Holy Week services, including Easter Sunday on April 12.
- Beginning at 12pm on Friday, March 27, the church building will be closed to the public. With limited exception, all staff are working from home. Phone and email will be monitored remotely. US Mail will still be gathered and processed daily and bank deposits will be made weekly.
- As an essential enterprise, the Caterpillar Learning Center is continuing to operate during the week. To protect the staff, students and families of the daycare, please do not come into the church building.
- All in-person meetings, rehearsals and other gatherings remain suspended during this time. A number of ministry teams and staff will continue to use video conferencing to conduct our work.
- We are grateful for your on-going financial support which is ensuring our ability to do important ministry in these challenging times. Your regular offerings and gifts in support of our ministry partners should be mailed in or contributions be made electronically.
- We continue developing a variety ways to help our community stay connected as we continue our Lenten journeys and make preparations to celebrate the triumph of Easter.
We recognize that the implications of these actions will affect almost every aspect of our life together for the coming days and weeks. Expect us to continue sending out regular updates via email, Facebook and on our website. We will so appreciate your patience as we work through every challenge and your enduring support of our shared ministry.
One obvious challenge to overcome will be financial as our regular offerings will not be collected on Sundays nor our special Lenten offerings on Wednesday. It’s essential to support our staff and keep current with our responsibilities, and that we find ways to be generous with our ministry partners even while we’re not together. Please mail your offering to the church or give electronically. Knowing that our income could be impacted, those with extra resources are invited to consider making a special gift.
As one of our pastoral colleagues reminds us, “In times of anxiety and crisis, the church finds its true mission to be a beacon of love and peace in the world. We know that it is often the most vulnerable that are more deeply affected by crisis.” Don’t forget that March (and now April too) is food share month – please make a financial gift. Keep an eye on your neighbors and watch out for one another. If the church can be a resource, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Where To Find More Information
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Minnesota Department of Health
- ELCA Bishop Addresses Concerns
- St. Paul Synod Assembly is Postponed