Update on Reopening

Dear Church Family,

We hope that this note finds you well. As your elders we wanted to send you a message and update you on where we are at as it relates to reopening the church for in person services. Our plan, at this time, is to reopen our doors for services on Sunday, June 7th. This of course is contingent upon Minnesota’s new Stay Safe order being lifted on or by June 1st. We will follow the guidelines that the federal and local governments lay out for meeting which will mean that our two morning services will be limited to no more than 50 people per service. We will also ask that the most vulnerable within our congregation stay home and join with us online via the livestream. This limited capacity means that each person and/or family will have to sign-up for a particular service each week to ensure that we can maintain our 50-person limit. Once the 50-person maximum limit is lifted we will allow people to freely choose what service they would like to attend without restricting the number in attendance.

When we do come back together either in groups of 50 or larger, we do believe that it is in the best interest of the body of Christ and our community to still maintain social distancing and sanitation regulations. We are currently working on how we will implement these at LEFC, but we do know that for the time being we will not resume any of the Sunday school classes. Also, on our first Sunday back together we will prohibit the use of the nursery and the prayer room to help us better focus on how we can safely execute our main worship services. However, the goal would be to resume the pre-service prayer time and the use of the nursery on the second Sunday of in person services. Lastly, our services will remain about an hour long to let one group leave before the next comes. This is due in large part to the fact that we have a small building which makes social distancing difficult.

We know that there are many more details that we need to work out, but we wanted to give you a brief update on our plan at this point. More detailed information will be coming within the next week so please be sure to check your email, our Facebook page, and our website regularly for updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the pastors or elders. We miss you all and we can’t wait to be back together as the body of Christ, worshiping our Triune God, and living out on earth a foretaste of the heavenly fellowship and worship that is to come.

Sincerely,

The Elder Council


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