Returning to worship:
If you do not feel well please stay home.
The first rule for everyone in the sanctuary is to maintain physical distance at all times.
Entry ways will be open prior to and at the end of worship to eliminate any touching of doors. A temporal thermometer may be used to check your temperature by one of our members who is trained and works in the medical field. Hand sanitizers, gloves, and masks are located in the narthex. We ask that all worshipers please use a face mask. Hand sanitizers are located throughout the building as well. Restrooms will be open. Be sure to wash with soap and warm water.
Worship in the Sanctuary:
Pews are clearly marked for seating to maintain physical distance. Families may sit together. Please refrain from hugging, handshaking, high fives, etc. Hymnals, bulletins, pencils, envelopes, and cards will not be used at this time. Text, email, phone, or verbally communicate prayer requests to Pastor before worship. Designated singers will sing the hymns/songs for the congregation; they will sit in the first pew on the lectern side. We will use the projector and screen for the order of worship with hymns/songs. Some portions of the Divine Service will be omitted to reduce the overall time spent in an enclosed space. The offering will not be collected, instead, offering baskets are placed in the narthex.
Worshipers in the first occupied pew on the pulpit side will move toward the center aisle. They will then alternate with pews on the lectern side. An usher will guide you to form a single line. The floor is marked for physical distancing. Pastor and Elders will use masks and gloves. When it is your turn to commune, approach the Pastor, lower your mask, place your hands together, and the Pastor will drop the Eucharist into your hands. You will then move to the Elder on the side of the sanctuary where you are seated. He will hold the tray and you will take the individual cup, drink the wine, then dispose of it in a basket near the side aisle. You will then put your mask back on and use hand sanitizer on the ledge in front of the first stained glass window.
Exiting the Church:
We ask that you take everything with you. We will all exit the Church at the end of the service and not linger in the building as it will be cleaned and sanitized. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with an Elder or the Pastor. We are taking precautions to ensure your safety and health. Remember, we are starting slowly, not rushing things to be on the safe side.
We are aware that some of you are more vulnerable to the Coronavirus and will not participate based on your own risk factors and concerns. According to the CDC those with higher risk factors include:
People who are elderly
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, including:
People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
People who have serious heart conditions
People who are immunocompromised
People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
People with diabetes
People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
People with liver disease
The process of reopening Immanuel for worship has been challenging to say the least, yet we feel confident that we are ready for our members to return once again after a long stay-at-home order. Our desire is that you be fed and nourished through God’s Word and Sacraments and we eagerly await the day when we will all be together in God’s house.
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.” LSB 805
In His Service,
Pastor Steve Deombeleg