Sunday, September 6, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Ken Bahneman Obituary


Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

Age 95, of Woodbury, Proud Navy veteran passed away peacefully on Monday, August 24th.

Preceded in death by loving wife of 66 years, June; son, Craig; and sister, Lorraine Krueger.

Kennard is survived by his children, Mary (Dan) Hart and Brian (Jennifer); eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Doris Schultz.

Evening visitation Wednesday, August 26th, 5 PM – 8 PM at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home 2195 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury.

Funeral service Thursday, August 27th, 10 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at St. John Lutheran Church 765 Margaret St, St. Paul.

Interment at Elmhurst Cemetery, St. Paul.

Wulff Woodbury 651-738-9615

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Open Forum - Ministry Planning - This Sunday

In July and August, we collected member input on four ministry options through a series of listening sessions, phone calls, and paper surveys (it is not too late to provide your input if you have not already) and answered the questions:

  1. As we seek to grow the Kingdom of God, what are the benefits (pros) and drawbacks (cons) of each option?, and 

  2. What open questions do you have about each option that would help in evaluating what is best for God’s Kingdom?

This coming Sunday, there will be an Open Forum to review and further discuss the input we captured. Our goal is evaluate the four ministry options in order to work towards a consensus on which option would best grow God’s kingdom. 

The Open Forum will occur after the worship service, from 11:45AM to 12:30PM, and will include structured sections to review and discuss the input captured for each ministry option. The leadership council recently completed a similar small group forum and found it both beneficial and encouraging so we hope you can join us!

The Open Forum will take place in the sanctuary and will follow all safety guidelines in our public worship safety plan.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Good Newsletter


August 2020

Can God take my guilt away?

This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.

This month’s favorite Bible verse is:  

2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

“I wish I could take it all away,” Mom whispered to her suffering five-year-old son. He had the flu for a couple of days now, and Mom’s heart was broken. As he lay in his bed suffering from the chills and a fever, there wasn’t much Mom could do except give him some children’s flu medicine and just be there for him. Mom felt helpless and wished she could take it all away from him. She even wished she could have the flu instead of her son.

When children are sick, the love of Mom and Dad really starts to shine through. In a heartbeat, parents go to extra lengths to make sure their kids are feeling as comfortable as possible. If you’re a parent, you’ve been there. You make sure their pillow is extra fluffy. You bring their favorite juice box. You provide their favorite movie to watch. And any time you hear them call, you quickly respond with, “What can I do for you?” The love of Mom and Dad goes so far that if they could take the sickness away, even become sick instead of their child, they would. But they can’t, and it hurts.

Has there ever been a time when you wished you could take it all away? Not just a sickness of a child, but something you did that you really regret? Maybe it was something you did to end a close relationship with a friend. Maybe you said something to a family member that you wish you could take back. Maybe it was something that only you know about, but it haunts you each day.

It’s at moments like these that God’s love really starts to shine through. He knows your sin, your guilt, your regrets. But he doesn’t just wish he could take them away. He did take them away. He forgave them all! He took your sin and guilt away when he put them on his only Son, Jesus. He loves you so much that he had Jesus die for your sin so that you wouldn’t have to. God forgave your guilt and now considers you right with him because of what Jesus did for you.

Wish your guilt and regrets could be taken away? They were. In their place, he gives you forgiveness and eternal life. Now that’s a love that shines through!

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Dedicated Funds Letter

 Dear St John Members:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Hope you and yours continue to be safe and healthy during this time.  

At our Council meeting on August 10th, a member sent a letter wanting to know why when there are repairs or projects to be done around the church, why we don’t use funds that are in the Dedicated Funds list to do the projects.  When someone is called home to heaven, family members may decide to give memorial money in their memory and they designate it for a certain project or fund.  We are always going to satisfy their wishes and designate that money for the purpose that they desired and nothing else.  If the church were to spend the money on some repair or project that they want, then people in the future will not be inclined to give memorial money because they will feel that the church is going to use it for whatever they want and not for what they designate it for.  Even if a family were to give memorial money for something that may never develop, the church will still not use it for anything else.   As an example, someone once gave money to start a handbell fund hoping that someday St. John would have a handbell choir.  Some have said we will probably never have a handbell choir, and that may be true but we still are not going to use the money for something else.  If the family who gave the memorial money would come to the Council and tell the Council that they could use the money for something else, then we would do that but that would be the only way it would be used for something else.  

August 16 worship

 You can watch this week's worship here.

God will bless you through his Word!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Minutes from Voter's Meeting-July 19, 2020



St. John Voter’s Meeting – July 19, 2020

1.            Council recommendation to approve budget for 2020/2021 in the amount of $195,290.

2.            Elmhurst Cemetery update

3.            Crossroads Consulting update

Opened with prayer.

33 people present.


Treasurer Jim Connolly presented the budget

St. John has resumed Sunday services and plan to continue moving ahead.

Not sure how Covid-19 will impact us.

CLUES wants to rent ball-field in addition to the rental of the garden property.

$500 per month through October for the garden.

Updates on the irrigation system were paid for by CLUES and will then be billed by St. John for the water used at the end of the growing season.

There is little change in expenses from the previous fiscal year. 

A Called Pastor salary was addressed which varies by the number of years as a minister – (plus health insurance can be an additional $20,000 a year).

Addressed lightning strike but all has been repaired ($25,000 in losses) - $3,500 increase to insurance budget.

Budget carried – A motion was made by Tom Koepsell, seconded by Alan Salchow, approved and carried by the members of St. John in the amount of $195,290.


Jim Connolly gave an Update on Elmhurst Cemetery

Talk about Jerry’s retirement and training Jay as his replacement. Jay took over as the Superintendent but has now left the position.

Jerry has now agreed to temporarily come back and help again after 44 years of service with Elmhurst.

It takes a unique individual to run a cemetery with many skills including diplomacy, and able to manage grieving families and emotions that arise during their time of loss and planning a burial.

Accounting background is needed and understanding of State Statutes/Payroll.

Accountant was hired to keep thing in order (at a cost of $2,000-$3,000 a year).

Revenues will be going down with less casket burials (no interment fee, no marker, etc.).

Property sales are down – more cremations are the norm.

Public assistance pays $750 for the individual.  Per Ramsey County the additional cost of a grave site now cannot be passed on to the family as was done in the past which reduces revenue. 

Capital improvements = $85,000-$100,000 primarily for maintenance on the cemetery roads.

600 plus grave plots are still available to sell/purchase.

Drainage and sewer line to Rice and Larpenteur discussed which may impact expansion of the cemetery.

A cost of $9,500 for tree removal after last winter 2019/2020.

Hard to find workers beyond the general maintenance of the property (they have to take breaks from the other tasks that need to be accomplished like simply cutting grass).

Insurance discussed.

Security issues – parties on the grounds – gun issues in the past years – neighbors complain to police about what is happening. BUT all has now been peaceful for the past two years!

No one living in the house on the property to watch and guard the cemetery.


Sell? There will be a discussion at the Elmhurst Board Meeting on Tuesday July 21st   as a possible option because  “the world is changing”.

Crown of Life is also included.  Jim Haberkorn is the President of the Board and is the contact person.

Meeting was then opened for questions and comments (nothing to document).

Non-binding vote was taken for board members to consider:

               Show of hands to sell – 10 men (including members of the council) raised their hands to sell.

               This gives Cemetery Board an indication on what St. John thinks.

Business Closed.

 Derek Meyer gave an update on Crossroads Consulting

Derek has evaluated our ministry at St. John and continues to work towards options for St. John.

Overview of Listening Sessions.

Next Wednesday and Sunday there will be Listening Sessions.

Phone call is option for those unable to attend.

Paper copy is also an option if so desired.


Tony Wimmer asked if there were any more questions and Closed the Meeting with a blessing.

“May the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)


Update On Elmhurst Cemetery

 Dear St John Members:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Hope you and yours continue to be safe and healthy during this time.  

I think you would agree with me that we are living in a changing world and uncertain times.  The only thing that we are certain of is that the Lord is in control and we have to have faith in Him.  It seems like we seem to be facing different challenges daily.  As many of you know, St John along with Crown of Life Lutheran Church owns Elmhurst Cemetery.  Originally, in 1858, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church purchased property and started what is currently Elmhurst Cemetery.  When St John was started as a daughter congregation of Trinity, they sold ½ interest in the cemetery for $1.00.  That is how St. John became half owner of the cemetery.  In the past 18 months there have been various changes at the cemetery both within the operation and outside of the operation.  In December of 2019, Jerry Krieger who was the superintendent for the past 44 years, decided to retire.  Being the superintendent of a cemetery is not an easy job nor is it is easy to find someone that can fill the position.  First of all, as you may expect you have to be someone who can deal with many different emotions.  Each situation is different and you have to be able to react to whatever the situation is.  It is also someone who should have some knowledge of accounting because you have to prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports as well as you have to prepare payrolls.  We have been very very fortunate to have had Jerry for all those years.  He did a great job of running the cemetery.  Jerry had informed the Board about a year before his retirement that he wanted to retire in December of 2018 and he was going to start looking for a replacement.  Training for this job requires an extensive training time frame before someone is up to speed.  When a replacement could not be found, he asked Jay Kemp who was the lead person in the yard crew and who had worked at Elmhurst for 8 years if he would be interested in being the superintendent.  When Jerry was gone or on vacation, Jay would come into the office so he was somewhat familiar with what needed to be done.  Jay agreed to take the superintendent’s job and has been doing it for the past 18 months.  In May he decided that it wasn’t for him and he unexpectedly resigned.  Fortunately, Jerry agreed to come back and run the cemetery but he made it clear that he didn’t want it to be long term.  The Board decided to have a special meeting to discuss what options we had.  We basically came down to two options.  We could try and find a superintendent to run the cemetery or we could pursue trying to sell it.  If we decide to find a superintendent to run it, there are some major decisions that have to been addressed going forward.  First of all, in the next couple of years, there are a couple of roads that will need to be replaced and that is expensive.  There are also some trees that have become diseased and will need to be removed and replaced.  Because of the age and size of the trees, the yard crew is not able to remove them because they don’t have the equipment required.  This too is expensive to do.  There is a section in the northeast part of the cemetery that can be developed for additional graves but this too will require a landscaping company to come in and develop the area.  

The cemetery is financially strong but the capital improvements that are needed will require a lot of resources.  One of the trends that we are seeing is that more and more people are opting for cremation instead of the traditional in-ground burial.  Probably the major reason for that is cost.  The cost of a niche at Elmhurst is about the same as a single grave lot for an in-ground burial but the rest of the traditional cost of a funeral has become expensive.  This can have an impact on revenues for the cemetery.  At the quarterly board meeting on July 19th, the Board decided to pursue the sale of the cemetery.  The time seemed right to do this.  With the development of the property that I had mentioned before, there would be approximately 650 graves available.  This would be a positive situation for someone who was looking to purchase the cemetery.  One of the major reasons that the Board decided not to pursue finding a new superintendent, was that in the next couple of years, there are 3 other superintendents of cemeteries that are going to retire and so they too are looking for replacements.  Selling the cemetery will require some time because before we can even think about putting it on the market, we will need to have a commercial real estate agent appraise it to see what it is worth.  I can assure you that it won’t be a fire sale or we are not going to give it away.  Also, there are state statutes that governs how a cemetery is run and requires reporting to make sure they are doing things correctly.  Any one who has purchases property at Elmhurst would continue to own that property just as they did when they purchased it.  Nothing would change.  The net proceeds from the sale would be split 50/50 between St. John and Crown of Life.   I know there may be some questions that you may have about this decision and what will happen.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

God’s Blessings

Jim Connolly


Friday, July 24, 2020

COVID 19 Update

On Wednesday, Governor Walz ordered that all residents of Minnesota are now required to wear face masks in all public places effective this Saturday.  St John will follow this mandate for all church services and meetings.  For any other activities where there is only 1 person performing work, it will not be required. Based on the language of the Order, it appears that members could still receive communion by temporarily removing their masks to receive communion and then putting their masks back on.
We will continue our other Covid-19 prevention procedures and masks are available to our members and guests.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Good Newsletter!

July 2020

A Gift to Enjoy
This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.
This month’s favorite Bible verse is:  Romans 6:23
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

My first paycheck.  $100! A ONE with two zeroes behind it! It didn’t matter that I spent a week pulling weeds with thistles in a 45-acre field. It didn’t matter that I sweltered under a hot July sun. It didn’t matter that I earned minimum wage. It had my name on it. I earned it.

There is another paycheck that I’m not so excited about. It comes in the form of guilt pricking my conscience far deeper than a thistle could ever penetrate my skin. Sometimes I see it when my temper flares hotter than the summer sun. I feel it when I know I should be more considerate, more caring, more loving toward others around me. So I work harder to do what’s right and try harder to do better than before, but still, it never seems to be enough. And it isn’t enough, because the Bible tells me the wages of my sin is death—and it’s your paycheck, too.

But, thank the Lord, the Bible also tells us that God is not going to give us what we have earned with our sins. Instead, he gives us something we have not earned—eternal life. It’s a gift that has been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus and earned by his death on the cross.

That takes all the pressure off, doesn’t it? Instead of the failures of our past, we can look to Jesus’ perfect life of love. Instead of the pressures of tomorrow, we can look to the promise of eternal life that is already won for us by Jesus’ dying and rising from the dead. As a result, life is not a burden, but a gift to enjoy always.

Upcoming Events at St. John:
Worship Services: Sunday 11:00 AM.
Adult Bible Study 10:00 AM.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

July 12 worship

You can watch this week's worship video here.

I will be gone the next two weeks.  Worship videos will still be posted on Youtube but you will not receive this email.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Note from Pastor Berg

I will be on vacation from July 13-27.  Pastor Dustin Sievert from SCL will preach on 
July 19.  Pastor Moua will preach on July 26.

For any emergencies requiring pastoral care

· call Pastor Al Schleusener from Mt. Olive in St Paul at  651-202-1924 from July 13-19

· call Pastor Jon Hackbarth from Salem in Woodbury at 651-894-2156 from July 20-27

Ministry Planning - Listening Sessions

This Sunday will be our first small group Listening Session, which is the next step in our ministry planning process. The Listening Sessions will be used to gather member input on our ministry options. 

Earlier this week, more detailed information was emailed and mailed to members, including an agenda of items that will be discussed. If you did not receive an email (check your spam/junk mail folder too) or a letter, or you’d like another copy, please email or call the church office.

We care deeply for your health and safety and are offering four different ways you can participate including two different in-person sessions on July 12th and 26th, a virtual meeting conference option on July 22nd, individually scheduled one-on-one phone calls, or a paper copy to fill out. We hope these options make it possible for every single member to participate and strongly encourage you to participate in one of the interactive options (in-person, virtual, or phone discussion).

This Sunday there will be a shortened worship service to accommodate the listening sessions after worship. In the session we’ll consider as we seek to grow the Kingdom of God: (1) What are the benefits (pros) and drawbacks (cons) of each option?, and (2) What open questions do you have about each option that would help in evaluating what is best for God’s Kingdom?

May God bless our efforts!

Ministry Planning Guiding Coalition

Ellen Mueller

Tamara Julian

Jill Abrahamson

Steve Ross

Derek Meyer

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Congregation Meeting

A voter's meeting will be held on July 19, 2020, following our church service in the sanctuary.
This will be an abbreviated meeting and the topics are budget approval and an update on moving forward with Crossroads Consulting.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Continuing Ministry Planning - Listening Sessions

With the state of Minnesota starting to lift restrictions, planning is underway to pick back up our ministry planning process. As we plan, we are keeping several core principles at heart:

  1. We recognize all good things come from God and ask Him to bless our efforts!

  2. Ministry planning is an urgent item. Souls are at stake and we should urgently pursue our ministry planning process.

  3. We care deeply for the safety of others. This means we will likely have to do things differently to ensure the safety of our members.

  4. Your involvement and contributions to this process are critical to the success of this process.

  5. We strive for a Kingdom mindset, expanding our sights to what is best for God’s family of believers while recognizing that God has a plan for the members of St. John.

Isaiah 49:6 “It is too small a thing for you to”... “bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…”

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

With those principles in mind, we are in the midst of planning for Listening Sessions, the next step in our ministry planning process. Need a refresher on Ministry Planning? Refer to this blog post and other eNews posts (just search for “Ministry”). 

Listening Sessions are intended to gather a deeper level of member input on our ministry options. While we don’t have all the details yet, we wanted to share the information we have. Here is what we know today:

  • We will offer multiple ways to participate so you can choose the option you are most comfortable with (in-person, virtual, paper input, or one-on-one phone discussion)

  • We are targeting July to conduct the listening sessions.

  • Discussion items will be provided to members in advance so you know what will be discussed and to allow you to collect your thoughts. We’ll email it to members who have provided an email address and mail it to all others.

  • In-person sessions will be conducted after a shortened (30 min) worship service and will follow the same safety guidelines outlined in our Public Worship Safety Plan.

Look for more information in the coming days and weeks. Should you have any questions you can reach out to any member of the Ministry Planning Guiding Coalition (Ellen Mueller, Tamara Julian, Jill Abrahamson, Steve Ross, or Derek Meyer) or call the church office and Jan will direct your question to the right person.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Private family communion at St. John

It's taken a little while to figure the schedule out, but we will again be having private family communion at St.  John.  If you are not yet comfortable coming to worship but desire holy communion Pastor will be available the fourth Tuesday of the month from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM.  The next day available is June 23.  You can sign up here.

June 14 worship

You can watch this week's worship service here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


June 2020

Is God Up There?
This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.
This month’s favorite Bible verse is:  Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

“God, if you are up there, please show yourself to me.” Have you ever said that to God? Wouldn’t it be great if God just came down and showed himself to us?

God does show himself. In the first line of the Bible, God reveals himself to us. He tells us that he made all things. He made the huge galaxies of the universe. He made the tiniest atoms. He made you and me. His creation demonstrates his power, creativity, wisdom, and tender concern for us.

Take time to notice and to marvel at all God made—the colors of the sky, the light of the sun and stars, the mosaic of leaves outside your window, the beauty of the landscape within your view. Consider how God made you. Think of how your body works—your eyes and ears, your arms, legs, fingers and toes, your brain.

However, God did not make the world and then stand back as a disinterested observer far removed from it all. He is watching over it all. He continues to care for us by providing for all our needs.

Sadly, we often don’t thank him for what he has done for us. We forget him. For that, God has every right to turn his back on us. Amazingly, he still cares for us. More than that, he came down to us and saved us from our wayward ways. He came down in love in the person of his Son, Jesus, and rescued us. Jesus lived the perfect life of thanks that we should live. On the cross, he died the death we should die for our sins. He promises a new and perfect world where all who believe in him will live forever in perfect joy.

Is God up there? Yes, he is! And, thankfully, he was willing to come down here to save us so that, one day, we will see him face to face.

Upcoming Events at St. John:
Worship Services: Sunday 11:00 AM.
Adult Bible Study 10:00 AM.
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We are in need of 4 people each week to clean and sanitize the church, narthex, and link area after worship. It takes about 15 minutes. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex or you may call the church office at 651-771-6406. All the necessary cleaning supplies and instructions are in the Pastor's office. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. 


July 6-9 - Girls Basketball Camp  (grades 5-9)

July 13-16 -  Boys Basketball Camp (grades 4-9)

Monday, July 20 - Golf Classic, Troy Burne Golf Club

July 20-23 -  Volleyball Camp (grades 6-9)
                    Wrestling Camp (grades 1-9)
                    Bowling Camp (grades 4-9)

July 27-30 - Academic Camps

Friday, July 31 - High School Graduation

August 3-6 - Soccer Camp  (grades 5-9)

August 10-13 - Football Camps (grades k-8)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bible Study

A timely Bible study will be offered beginning this Sunday at 10:00 AM. Simply entitled "Burden Bearing," this study will help us make sense of, give us perspective on, and teach us how to deal with the stressful situations we face in this world of sin. Please, join us in the fellowship hall where we can spread out and safely study together and find healing and help in these troubled times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Public Worship Restart

Public Worship Restart – June 7 at 11:00
       Adult Bible class will be at 10:00

Psalm 122:1 says “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  It is a time for rejoicing!  We can again gather for worship.  The most important things will be the same.  You will hear God’s Word, you will receive the Sacrament, and you will do it with other believers.

Many of the procedures will be different, some of them very different.  This is for two reasons: 
1.    Some are required by law.  For example, we cannot have the number of people exceed 25% capacity.
2.    Some we are choosing to do in love for each other.   For example, IF you sing you are required to wear a mask.  God’s Word makes it very clear that we are to show Christian love by caring for each other’s health and well-being.  I may not feel I am at risk for COVID-19, but I will also do what I can to prevent me unknowingly spreading the virus.

·        Those who have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
·        Those who are at high risk of serious illness are encouraged to stay home.
·        Those who are uncomfortable attending services at this time are encouraged to stay home.
·        You are encouraged to wear a mask for the entire time you are in the building, but they are not required unless you choose to sing.  Some masks are available for you if desire one but don’t have one.
·        Everyone should practice distancing and good hygiene.

·        Two rows are taped off between pews, ensuring six feet of distance between members.
·        Two households will be allowed per pew, on opposite ends.
·        Ushers will assist with Communion.

·        High contact surfaces (like pews and door handles) will be disinfected after every service.
·        We are asking for volunteers to sign up for weekly disinfectant cleaning. This should take about 15 minutes after each church service.  Council members will clean the first 2 weeks.
·        A deeper cleaning will be done after each weekend.  Immanuel Hmong will do this.
·        Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the pews.
·        The entire service will be printed and bulletins place in pews.
·        Those who are accustomed to following along in Bibles and hymnals are encouraged to bring their own.
·        Offering baskets will be set up in the rear of church.
·        The elements for Holy Communion will be prepared by someone wearing a mask and gloves.
·        Exterior doors will be propped open before, during, and after the service.

Before the Service
·        Hand sanitizer will be available at the doors.
·        There will be no hand shaking before the service.
·        A pastor or other member will be present in the narthex to guide people in these new procedures.
·        Those who do not wish to commune or are not comfortable communing at this time will be free not to do so.
·        Those who are distributing the Sacrament will clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer immediately before distribution and wear a mask and gloves.
·        Eight individuals will be allowed to come forward at a time.
·        Communicant will come forward down the center aisle and return to their pew down the side aisle.
·        Communicants will receive the wafer in a ziplock bag on the rail. 
·        The common cup will not be used for a time.
·        Individual cups will be placed on the rail.

·        We will be singing, but it will be limited.
·        Those who sing are asked to wear a mask.  This will not sound like what we are used to, but it will help protect others.  ONLY those who sing are required to wear a mask.

After the Service
·        Pastor will not shake hands with people as he exits the sanctuary.
·        Members are encouraged not to stay and socialize in the narthex or church. This is something that can be done more safely outside, if desired.