Dear Friends in Christ at Christus Victor,
We are writing to inform you all that the Church Council, at the recommendation of the New Day Planning Team, will be pausing in-person worship on Sunday mornings starting this week.
No one wanted to take this pause, as it has been a blessing, even with a small number of people, to be physically together for worship. It was a long wait and a lot of hard work to finally have the resources we needed to be able to stream worship live from our sanctuary, and, to have everything in place to be able to have in-person worship on Sunday mornings, which started on Reformation and Confirmation Sunday, Oct. 25. But we believe it shows the greatest love of God and love for all of our members and their families, many of whom are at greater risk, and many of whom are healthcare workers, to take this pause.
We will continue to stream worship live from the sanctuary on Sundays at 9:30 am, with a small group of musicians, worship leaders, and our tech crew for the whole congregation and worshipping community across 12 different states.
The New Day Planning Team has been monitoring the unfolding situation with the covid-19 surge in cases and hospitalizations in Dakota county. While the recent Governor’s restrictions do not impact our congregation’s plans and practices, we believe it is best to be pro-active and not reactive to this situation for the sake of the health and well-being of our members, lay leaders, and staff.
This will not change our plans for hybrid Wednesday night ministry, at this time. This week, Wednesday, Nov. 18, Glow, Confirmation, and Senior High ministries are already scheduled for meeting online.
This will also not change Casa de Oracion’s worship plan for meeting in the Gathering space in the afternoon, because they are in a different situation and do not have the online worship capabilities that we have. They have divided their church into two smaller groups and shortened their services, on top of wearing masks and physical distancing.
We thank God for the brilliant scientists and researchers who have been developing vaccines, who have given us a glimpse of light at the end of this dark tunnel, but we still have a lot of tunnel left to go through together. May we keep in mind Jesus’ call to “love our neighbors as ourselves,” (Matt. 22: 37-40), and Paul’s admonition, “Let each of you look not to your own interested, but to the interests of others. And let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2: 4&5).
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Karl Dobberman, Aaron Nyquist, Kristin Schulz, Mike Orman, David McMayer, Jody McDermott-Baty, Dawn Glewwe, Karin Ilg, Lori Olson, Ron Hanson, Sara Thomson, Pastor Kent Claussen Gubrud