Worship and educational opportunities are offered in a variety of ways at this time. Follow the buttons below for detailed information. 

Risk Levels

St. John’s current risk level is Green.

Red – Virtual Worship only

Yellow – In-person worship in Fellowship Hall

Green – In-person worship in Sanctuary

St. John’s COVID Task Force Assesses the following indicators:

  • Daily new cases per 100Ka
  • New cases per 100K w/in last 14 daysb
  • Ability to implement key mitigation strategies
  • Infection Ratec
  • Positivity Rated
  • 14-day case ratee
  • % change in new cases of previous 7 days vs current 7 days based on Dodge county population 21K
  • % ICU beds in Olmsted occupiedf
  • % of inpatient beds in Olmsted occupied by Covid Patients
  • Existence of SJK community Covid outbreak (Propose: Number of SJK Community Members with positive test within 5 days of attendance)
  • Number of SJK community members quarantined as a result of Community Outbreak

Sources used by the task force are:

  • a covidactnow.org (sourced NYT & US Census Bureau via state & local health officials)
  • b No. new cases in county last 14 days / 21,000 x 100,000 (14-day case count from John’s Hopkins)
  • c covidactnow.org (sourced NYT via state & local health officials)
  • d MDH weekly update (includes probable & antigen positive cases)
  • e MDH data for k-12 schools
  • f covidactnow.org (sourced NYT via state & local health officials, HHS, & state & county dashboards)

Latest Updates – October 2021 Update

This task force has continued to meet monthly to review our county and state data to determine if modifications need to be made to current COVID practices. At this time, no changes to recommendations are being made. COVID rates in Minnesota continue to climb. Hospitalizations are still very high in our area. Children under 12 years of age still cannot be immunized. Please continue to mask (highly recommended) during worship and please continue physical distancing as these are excellent measures to combat transmission.

People who wish to bring treats in for volunteer events (such as quilting, coffees), may now do so.

If there are any questions, please connect with any member of the task force.

Note: Children’s & Youth Ministry programming including Sunday and Wednesday School, St. John’s Afterschool, Confirmation, and Youth Group require masking for students, volunteers, and staff inside the building. Some other events also require masking – check with programming organizers if you are uncertain.

Task Force Purpose

A task force has been convened to provide direction, advice and information to council to aid in their decision-making process. To be clear from the outset: it is the purpose of this task force to advise our congregational council, but it is not the decision-making body in our congregation. Our elected council leadership is solely responsible for this aspect of our life together in ministry.

Task Force Personnel

This task force is composed of professionals from many areas and expertise, including medical professionals, public health professionals, educators and administrators, public service and police, engineers, finance, management, and others. Please review the list below for further information about this incredible group of leaders who have come together to provide direction for our congregational leadership to aid in the decision making process for our worship and ministry life at St. John’s.

St. John’s Lutheran Staff Representatives:

  • Deacon Amanda Sabelko, Deacon of Faith Formation
  • Lindsay Colwell, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

St. John’s Lutheran Council Representatives and their Professional Vocation:

  • Sam Marsland, President. Nurse Anesthetist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Rayelle Haase, Vice President. Certified Veterinary Technician

Congregational Representatives and their Professional Vocation:

  • Dave Aakre, Retired IBM Engineer
  • Michelle Coy, ICU Nurse and Educator at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Terry Czeck, Culinary; Certified Food Production Manager with the State of Minnesota.
  • Amy Evans, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Olmsted County
  • Jim Evenson, Police Lieutenant, Rochester Police Department
  • Heather Hilgart, Technical Specialist and Assistant Supervisor, Infectious Disease Serology, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Joshua Larsen, Kasson-Mantorville Middle School Principal
  • Ariana Wright, Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School Principal
  • Tracy Lee, Financial Analyst/Project Manager at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Jackie Longendyke, Commissioning Professional for Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems

Recommendations by Focus Area

More information about current recommendations from the individual focus areas of the Task Force is available here.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns

Please feel free to reach out to members of your St. John’s Lutheran leadership team:

Sam Marsland, Council President
Rayelle Haase, Council Vice President
Heather Hilgart, Council Secretary
Dave Bornfleth, Council Treasurer
St. John’s Lutheran Church Office Email

Office Hours

Office hours have resumed to normal: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Tuesday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks while inside the church. We strongly recommend that un-vaccinated individuals continue to mask until two weeks after they are fully vaccinated.

Additional Resources

For more information on best practices during this time, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites.