But we will be at it for a while longer. Yesterday Bishop Bruce Ough asked “every Minnesota congregation to continue to suspend in-person worship through May 30 and to spend that time carefully and prayerfully developing a plan for how to return to in-person worship in a gradual manner while continuing to strictly adhere to federal and state recommendations.” The staff and I have been planning for online-only worship through the end of May (Pentecost, May 31) and are leaning into some experiments with worship and community.
Tonight, the Church Ministries Council (CMC) will meet on Zoom to begin our work of developing a plan to safely return to in-person worship in some form or another. It will, of course, look very different than the worship experiences in the early part of 2020. I ask for your grace and understanding as CMC makes the best decisions we can with the information that we have. We will do our work with prayer and discernment and with an eye to what is best for our community of faith and the larger community around us. The very last thing we want is for someone to get sick with COVID 19 because they came to worship. Anything we can reasonably do to prevent that, we will do!
Missing you and praying for your safety, in body, mind and spirit!
Pastor Becky Jo Messenbrink