It was 14 months ago when Minnesota Governor Walz declared a state emergency, and shortly after President Trump declared a national emergency in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. St. Luke's took the necessary steps needed to keep safe.
Thank you everyone for your patience, understanding, and willingness adjust.
A week ago, Governor Walz announced the end of Minnesota's statewide mask requirement, aligning Minnesota with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on face coverings. Masks are no longer required for fully-vaccinated individuals, either indoors or outside. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors, Minnesotans should follow CDC guidance and wear masks in medical settings and on public transportation, whether or not they are fully vaccinated. Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect.
What does this mean for St. Luke's? Our progression to open more fully will continue...
May 23: Music Sunday - the Choir, Handbell Choir, and Jubilee will be leading music at both 8:30 and 10 AM. In between we will enjoy Coffee and Treats outside or socially distanced in Fellowship Hall.
May 30 - June 27: Congregational Singing while masked, unless leading worship.
June 6: Communion kits will be given out following worship at the Baptismal Font. Those who are interested can gather between door B and A to take communion together. We will continue to celebrate Communion the first Sunday of the month into September.
July 4 and beyond: Masks no longer required. Those who would like to continue to wear one, please do so.
September 19: Weekly communion will begin again. Details to follow.
All of this is dependent on our society remaining healthy. Jesus tells us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. May all your words and actions be about loving your neighbor.
On behalf of the St. Luke's Covid Response Taskforce...
Ongoing prayers and blessings,
Al Buss, Chair
Rob Norris-Weber, Pastor