Dear members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
After the first seven (7) days (March 20) of our suspended church and building activities we felt it was time to offer our update. “We” now includes the newly formed COVID 19 GSC Team assembled to address on-going public health matters on behalf of GSC. Thank you to Dr. Jenna Anderson, Jim Allen RN, Joann Angerman L.S.W., Dr. Dudley Davis, Dr. Mike Mesick, Jen Woodford, Dr. Lori Bates and Ben Mohr L.I.C.S.W, M.S.W for their willingness to share their wisdom and insights.
We continue to monitor the most current information provided by the CDC and Minn. Dept of Health for recommendations on social movement, gatherings, and containment. Good Shepherd is following those recommendations by discontinuing all in-office operations in addition to church and building activities. Your staff is working remotely from their homes and continue our ministry in a variety of new ways. Worship is being offered via live-stream on Sunday mornings; Wednesday evening worship and pastoral daily devotions are recorded and available on our goodshepherdchurch.net website and Good Shepherd Church Facebook page.
Pastors Charlie and Carl-Eric will be joined by our organist, Jenna, and music director, David, in our sanctuary on Sunday morning to conduct our live-stream worship service. They will strictly observe hand washing and surface sanitizing while maintaining safe distances.
Church committees are meeting effectively through remote means and their reports are being forwarded to your Leadership Council. Our Leadership Council will meet at their regular time on Tuesday, March 24thusing a video meeting app. Our U.S. mail is being picked up daily and all offerings are being counted and deposited by one individual each week. Thank you for your faithful and generous offerings following our first Sunday of “social distancing.”
Lastly, our pastors are not able to make routine hospital visits in this time, therefore they wish to be informed of any hospitalizations and contact information to assist them in calling patient or family or connecting with them by video call. We are evaluating means by which our pastors would be able to make pastoral visits in crisis situations.
The church office phone, pastor’s phones and other means of communication remain open.
We thank you for your continued support of our Good Shepherd, of our pastors and of each other during this difficult time. We pray you all feel God’s love, and we pray for good health for each of you. These are unprecedented times in our lives. We will come through this, together.
Peace be with you all.
The GSC COVID 19 Team