As of March 28 – The office is closed through at least April 10. Most staff are monitoring their email during this time.
\Update as of March 16, 2020
People of St. John’s,
As the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Minnesota provide new guidelines for protecting our communities from the spread of COVID-19, the leadership of St. John’s has made additional decisions about our lives together:
- Until further notice, in-person worship will be suspended. This includes Sunday and Wednesday worship times, and also includes all regularly scheduled programming, including Sunday School, Club 56, Oasis Afterschool and Education, Confirmation, and Youth Troop.
- We WILL worship together at 9:00 am Sundays and 6:30 pm Wednesdays via web video. Videos will be accessible live and on-demand (after they air) at stjohnskasson.org/sermons and through our Facebook page. You are encouraged to gather around a screen as a family and participate along with our worship leaders.
- Upcoming events that will be affected are below. If you have questions about any of these or other gatherings, contact the office at (507) 634-7110. We will continue to alert you to changes in the weekly enews and Snippets (to be posted with the worship videos and emailed).
- WELCA Doing Day is postponed
- Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday Ruth book studies are suspended. We are exploring online options. If you have not yet participated but want to be included, contact Deacon Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 634-7110) to get connected.
- Fairview, Prairie Meadows, & Sunwood worship services are suspended.
- Senior Choir rehearsals are suspended.
- The WELCA Bus Tour is postponed.
Directory photos WILL take place, but families are encouraged to keep the 6’ or more safe distance from other families as encouraged by the CDC.Update: These have been postponed.
- Meetings will be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on available space and size of the group, though we will be advising all commission meetings to consider postponing meetings or meeting virtually (phone or web meetings). For assistance setting up a virtual meeting, contact email@example.com or call the office at (507) 634-7110.
- At this time, office hours will remain 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Creation Kids Preschool will remain open through Tuesday, March 17, but then will be closed March 18 through March 27 or until further notice, following the lead of the Kasson-Mantorville Schools.
- Outside groups will still have access to the building, though they will need to comply with CDC and MDH guidelines for gatherings.
- Stewardship of Finances: As always, we are encouraged to steward our finances “according to our means.” During the coming weeks, even though we will not be gathering in-person for worship, there is still ministry happening at St. John’s, which means we still rely on your regular financial support. Please take a moment to pray over your situation, and consider your financial stewardship. If you are able to do so, please continue your support of our congregation and its ministries during these anxious times. You can contribute through Tithe.ly, our online giving platform at stjohnskasson.org/giving or the Tithe.ly app on your mobile device. You can also drop off or mail in your contribution. Thank you to everyone for your continued financial support of the ministries of our congregation, and for your prayers, as we do our best to meet the increased need in our community, working together to live into Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Staff continue to be present in the office and are also available by email. Please do not hesitate to connect. Remember, God is walking with us through these uncertain days. We are experiencing changes in routines, but not in God’s grace. We look forward to finding new ways to connect as people of faith until we can gather again in person.
Grace and Peace,
Leadership of St. John’s
Reminders that remain true from the original update on March 13:
We know this is an uncertain situation and uncertainty creates anxiety. There are things we can do to stay proactive without raising anxiety. In addition to these measures, you can:
- Pray. Pray for prudence in individuals’ actions, for wisdom of those seeking solutions, for thanksgiving for science that can help understand this disease and its progression, and for peace as we walk through uncertain times.
- Do not panic. God has promised to walk with us. Rest in that promise and seek hope that prayerful responses and informed precautions make the difference they are intended to make.
We will keep you informed as the days and weeks continue. We pray that routines can return to usual. If the risk increases, we will continue to implement the best protocol for our community’s safety.