Dear Members and Friends of LHUCC,
We first want to thank all of you for the ways you have continued to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ while physically distanced from one another and away from the church building. Through God’s grace and your faith the past 8 weeks have been a time of vitality, creativity and community connection even in the face of great challenge.
Every week we get asked, “When can we come back to church?” We cannot give a definitive answer to that question. However, we can provide you with our sense of the way the church would re-open once given the “go ahead” from the Minnesota Department of Health and other public health experts in the state. As we anticipate upcoming changes to the MN Stay at Home order, we have reviewed the Department of Health guidelines and have developed the plan below to help guide us on how to gradually and safely reopen the church building for public use.
We envision the reopening of the church to be phased in:
Week 1: Staff only will return to resume working in the church offices and plan for further stages of opening.
Week 2: Goal will be to resume in-person worship gatherings; video streaming of services will continue as well.
Week 3: Goal will be to resume Recovery and 12 Step Group meetings.
Week 4: Goal will be to resume all other programs and meetings.
These successive goals will be reviewed with each stage of reopening and changes made if circumstances require.
Prior to re-occupancy the entire building would be sanitized. Once the building opens, protocols for sanitizing will be established and adhered to for all groups and gatherings. Social distancing and other mitigating practices (such as gloves and face masks) recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health will be required for all gatherings in the building. All of this requires much forethought and organization. Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.
We are continuing to monitor updates from health and other officials in Minnesota. Information from the Minnesota Department of Health can be found at https://mn.gov/covid19/
We are grateful for each of you and look forward to the opportunity to join together once again.
Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Eliot
Updated: May 5, 2020
Our world is in the midst of a public health emergency, and as people of faith it’s our responsibility to balance our fear with faith, action and information. Here are some precautions that we are taking and currently considering for the days ahead to minimize the spread of disease and fear.
Sunday: Online Worship
Beginning March 22nd, Pastors Lawrence and Eliot, along with Daniel, our minister of music, will coordinate each week to prepare a virtual and interactive worship experience for the community. The service will be from 10am-10:30am and be broadcasted to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LindenHillsUCC/ and archived on both Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/LindenHillsUCC/videos/ and our church’s Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtpeLtq4nfUMzC61lIOTTJQ. To give financial contributions to support the work of this ministry, visit http://bit.ly/lhucc_giving
Monday: Monday Motivation
Each Monday, Pastor Lawrence will share a motivational message through email and social media. To subscribe to the email, email PastorLawrence@Lhucc.org. To find us on social media, visit Twitter.com, Facebook.com and Instagram.com and search for @LindenHillsUCC
Wednesday: Community Zoom Gathering
Each Wednesday at 5pm, beginning March 25th, you are invited to call in or login online for a community conversation. Our time will include a brief centering, an opportunity to respond to a question prompt given by Pastors Lawrence and Eliot, time to share your own words, and a closing community prayer. The information to access this Zoom Gathering is:
To join by computer: https://zoom.us/j/109539996
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Friday: Linden Tree
With the majority of in person events being either canceled or held online, each week’s Linden Tree e-newsletter will contain updates and information as it relates to our church and community. If you do not receive the Linden Tree, please email Alex in the church office at office@Lhucc.org
Our church deacons and pastors will call and visit those who cannot participate online and those who are our most vulnerable to check in with them and see if there are any needs.
We have a number of ways to share our prayers and concerns as a church. You can email care@Lhucc.org; you can share them in our private Facebook Prayer Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/497807747238113/; and you can share them with a pastor by calling the church office at 612-927-4603 or emailing PastorLawrence@Lhucc.org
- The United Church of Christ is continuously updating this page with helpful information on the coronavirus: https://www.ucc.org/disaster_coronavirus_resources_from_the_ucc
- The Minnesota Department of Health (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html) and Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/) remain our best sources for accurate and regularly updated information. The CDC has particular guidance for community and faith-based organizations you might review (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/checklist.html).
Please continue to check this page as it will update as we know more.
"The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:5b-7
Pastors Lawrence and Eliot