Dear Holy Emmanuel Family,
We have great news! Holy Emmanuel is open for live worship!
As a result of negotiations with the Governor, effective Wednesday, 5/27, we can open for live worship at 25% capacity (our sanctuary fits 360-380). In other words, Holy Emmanuel will start up live worship this Sunday, May 31, at 9:30a.
In order to facilitate live worship at HE we are making some temporary changes, and things will be a bit different when you arrive on Sundays. All of these changes are made in conjunction with the Governor’s and CDC’s guidelines/ recommendations to assure your safety and the safety of your HE family. Please review the following list of safety measures/changes, and follow these when you enter the building. Pastor/Ushers will be available to direct you as well.
- Face masks are mandatory to enter the building, and gloves are recommended.
- Social distancing of, at minimum of 6”, should be maintained at all times.
- Doors to the church entrance, church sanctuary, fellowship hall south hallway and both restrooms will be open so no hand touch is required. All areas of the church utilized are thoroughly sanitized after use.
- Upon entering the building, you are urged to move directly to the sanctuary to be seated.
- As you enter the Sanctuary please use the side doors, the middle doors will be closed. Tables there for offering.
- No bulletin/handouts will be provided. Worship will be provided via overhead projection screen. Hymnals, Bibles, attendance pads and all pencils/papers will be removed from the pews.
- When entering the sanctuary please look for green taped area in the pews where you may sit. The seating will be staggered to ensure social distancing, as well as providing plenty of space for safety to worship (we are blessed with a big sanctuary to spread out). This is a time to use the whole sanctuary for seating. Families are urged to all sit together. Ushers/Lay Ministers will be available to assist.
- You will be ushered out in an orderly fashion (back to front) at the completion of worship.
- Please, no gathering/congregating inside the church building after worship. Please leave the building after worship is completed. Visiting should be conducted outside the building.
- No coffee or treats will be provided.
- Tables and chairs have been removed from the Narthex and community areas.
- The church office, chapel, nursery and the fellowship hall north hallway are closed.
- Restrooms are open for use with social distancing. No admittance past the water fountain toward kitchen area.
- Communion Sundays will be conducted similar to what Pastor did last weekend. It will be a continuous flow process. X’s of tape will be placed on the floor to promote positioning for social distancing. Tables will be placed in the isle by the baptismal fount for the bread and wine.
Now, you can see that we’ve thought this through and wish to provide a safe environment to worship in. That said, we know that some of you may still be a bit cautious regarding gathering in a larger group setting. That’s ok! The live Sunday worship service will be recorded each week, and sent out in an email so you’ll still have an opportunity to worship from home until you’re ready to join us live.
Also, we are moving Pastor’s Sunday morning bible study to Wednesday evenings (temporarily, 7p). You also have the “at home” weekly bible study emailed to you or available on our church web site as well.
If you should have any questions please feel free to contact Pastor Paul or one of the Lay Ministers (Randy Marko, Robert Melde, Dan Marose, David Yurik).
God is good, and we are finally in a position to be in His house to worship him, and share in fellowship with our HE family. Have a blessed week and hope to see you soon.
Your Lay Ministry and Church Leadership
Pastor Paul Krentz
Randy Marko, Chair for Lay Ministers
Brad Affeldt, President