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
If you are looking for an Al-Anon or AA meeting, the following information has been given to us by members of the AA community:
West Suburban Alanon Club
5235 Woodhill Rd. Minnetonka MN 55435 (15 min drive from LHUCC)
Alano Society of Minneapolis
2218 1st Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Greater Minneapolis Intergroup (AA’s official office)
952-922-0880 Answered 24/7
Guidance for Reopening Churches
This week, Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ released a statement along with information for churches to use as a guide for reopening. Our leaders will use this, along with information from state and health officials as we consider the next steps toward reopening the church building for large gatherings. You can find the document here: https://files.constantcontact.com/73d71b6a001/a13cba0f-5326-4151-944a-fcdc0869c5ef.pdf
Volunteering During COVID-19
If you’re looking for ways to give time during this critical period, visit one of the websites below.
CDC Recommended Resources for Families
Ideas for Helping Children Cope with Emergencies and Disasters: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Ideas for ways you and your kids can de-stress during the Coronavirus: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus
Mental Health and the Coronavirus
If you or someone you know is experiencing increased anxiety or depression related to the Coronavirus, there is support. The county’s crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Adults (18+): 612-596-1223
Children (17 and under): 612-348-2233
Adults (18+): 651-266-7900
Children (17 and under): 651-266-7878