Dear First Lutheran Community members,
After meeting with the staff, the executive council, and leadership of our community ministries it has been decided that we will be postponing all in-person ministries, meetings, and worships at First Lutheran until further notice. With the only exceptions being our 3 community meals each week, Monday 5pm, Tuesday Noon, and Thursday 5pm, and our Community Food Shelf.
For the food shelf and community meals, everything will be takeout only.
This is by no means an easy decision but one that we have made because we want to make sure our entire community stays safe. This is how we can take care of each other in this time of need.
For all those who would like to still participate in worships and faith building activities please know that we will be posting more opportunities on our website, Facebook pages, and on our YouTube page.
We are still live streaming on YouTube our Sunday services at 10am. We will also be on the radio at 10am on Sundays as well. Our streamed services will be available to view any time afterwards on YouTube. You can view or download the Sunday bulletin (here) to follow along if desired. There are closed captioning instructions listed below if needed. We will not need worship assistants, lectors or communion assistants during this time but we still need our video and power point volunteers.
Although the doors are locked and only staff is allowed inside, our office will be keeping normal office hours over the coming weeks. If you have any questions on any of these changes, please give us a call or email us! 218-927-2028 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The weekly bulletin and announcements are available on our website: Weekly Announcements & the Sunday Bulletin or can be emailed to you. You can also check the Events and Announcements tab (below) for online information.
* If you know of someone who does not have access to internet services, we can mail these to them, so please let us know if you or anyone needs them emailed or mailed.
* We are strongly encouraging ministries that need to meet to do so either over the phone or through other teleconferencing means.
We, as a congregation, are still living into our God given mission to be that hands of God to this community in as many ways as we can safely do that. We are actively looking for ways that we can serve God and serve our neighbors even in the midst of these hard times. Please consider switching to Online giving or mailing in your support to the church and our shared ministry over these upcoming weeks. Please stay safe, follow the recommendations from our leaders, and keep all those in need in your prayers!
As we move forward we would encourage you to look at new ways of being Christ to your neighbors. Support each other in new ways, be the body of Christ in new ways. We have this amazing transforming God who is with us always no matter where we are! Never forget that!
Look for more updates from us over the next few weeks and don’t forget to check our website and Facebook for more information.
May the peace of our Lord be with you all.
WHO TO CALL
CALL 911 IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.
911 is to be used only or emergencies (police, fire or medical) where an immediate response is required – when there is an emergency and lives are in danger, immediate action is required or there is a crime in progress.
CALL THE CRISIS LINE if you are thinking of taking your life, need to talk to a mental health professional in your area. National Suicide Prevention Line- 1-800-273-8255
MN COVID-19 HOTLINES: IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT
*Community mitigation (schools, child care, business) questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*Health questions like symptoms, where to go for testing, exposure: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903-7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (not providing mental health support)
CALL THE WARMLINE if you need someone to talk with, are feeling isolated, depressed or anxious 1-844-739-6369- 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. every night
For either a LIVE BROADCAST of the service or the RECORDING of a previous service, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCefMEnB_Y0djcI4wLPVRk2w
To turn on subtitles/closed captioning on YouTube:
1. Open a YouTube video.
2. Click the gear icon in the bottom-right corner of the video player to display the video player settings.
3. Expand the combo box next to Subtitles/CC.
4. Click the desired subtitle language to begin displaying subtitles.
You will have to do this each time with any video.
As concerns rise in the face of the Corona virus, First Lutheran is offering alternatives to being part of our services as well as being able to continue to support the church.
With this in mind, please be a part of the service online by clicking on the YouTube link (instructions below) and also on the "GIVE" button found below.