COVID-19 Update Letter March 13, 2020
Normally this is where I encourage our members and and visitor to come worship with us! Instead, today I will share the email St. Peter's staff and council sent out yesterday, to those who receive our weekly news emails, on our own COVID-19 update. Please follow the link at the top to see a pdf of the emailed information. Our staff and council are following guidelines and suggestions put out by the CDC, MDH and our Synod on how to proceed with the current health situation and concerns in our state and community. We are working hard to make good decisions for all using these recommendations. As many of you may have already seen, there are churches and places of worship who have already canceled services and activities. For this week, we will be holding our usual worship service at 9am tomorrow, March 15, as well as holding the coffee hour. We encourage those who are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19, or those who are sick to stay at home. Our common areas of the church have been disinfected and our kitchen helpers have new protocols to follow. More is explained in yesterday's email. In addition, and to include those who cannot attend, St. Peter's will facebook live record the worship service starting this Sunday. This recording will also be posted to the St. Peter's website. Sunday school will be held tomorrow, but with a shortened lesson and materials will be sent home for further lessons. Parents: please remain at the church after drop off. Going forward, there will not be Sunday School for at least March 22 and 29.
To receive mid-week news emails from St. Peter's, follow this link: https://www.northfieldstp.org/email
We are evaluating our own situation at St. Peter's as things change. Information has been evolving quickly, and please watch St. Peter's facebook page, website and/or your email for updates. Thank you, God Bless you and stay healthy!
About worship this Sunday 3/15:
(Thank you, Pastor Mark Rydberg for presiding while Pastor David is away!) In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness. (sundaysandseasons)