UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE
Dear Redeemer Community,
Redeemer’s Council met Tuesday, August 20,2022 and moved to update the mask policy to “Mask Wearing is Welcomed” for worship services and all other events or meetings that occur at the church. Redeemer remains committed to the health and well-being of our community, and this update affirms and encourages individuals to continue to make good personal choices about COVID-19. All are welcome to return to worship when they feel comfortable, and Redeemer will continue to provide hybrid opportunities (live-streaming of worship services and hybrid meeting options) for those who will participate virtually.
As you make decisions to keep yourself and others healthy, the Redeemer Council and Pastor Jen strongly encourage the following:
● If you are eligible for vaccination, ensure that you are up-to-date on booster shots.
● Wear a high-quality mask. As we know that SARS-COV-2 spreads through aerosols. N95 or KN95 masks prevent 95% of particles from entering the airway, and Redeemer will strive to offer these masks for both adults and children as needed, especially as we move indoors.
● Pay attention to local data on COVID-19 spread. You may want to track wastewater data to better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in the metro area.
● Use rapid tests, particularly before gathering with others, to help gauge your health.
● If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please stay home and join online instead of in person.
However you choose to participate in our congregational life, we will continue to do this together! We hope that you know that you are loved, welcomed and valued here at Redeemer. We look forward to moving forward and navigating life together during these next few seasons here at Redeemer. Please reach out to council or Pastor Jen Collins with any questions, concerns or if you need help finding the resources you need to remain healthy and safe.
God’s peace to you,
Pastor Jen Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Tarras, Council President
Gloria Ademoni, Vice President
Carolyn Cornils Scherer, Secretary
Kristen Gilbert, Treasurer
Randy Romsdahl, Worship Arts & Music
Sally Ankerfelt, Evangelism & Outreach
Christine Garces, Fellowship
Kelly Schumacher Fuller, Service & Advocacy
Dave Scharnhorst, Property
Sharon Mikelson, Stewardship
Lonna Field, Youth
COVID-19 Prevention Measures // February 2021
The best protection from the various mutations of the COVID-19 virus—whether you are vaccinated or not—is to:
· stay home whenever possible;
· stay 6 feet away from others in all spaces;
· wear a mask (or two) so that there is adequate filtration and a snug fit over the bridge of your nose, cheeks, and chin; and
· wash your hands often and well.
See the MN Department of Health COVID-19 site for more in-depth and current information about symptoms, testing, and vaccines. At this time, in MN, vaccines are being given to long-term care residents and staff, healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, child care workers, and people over 65. Currently, vaccine demand exceeds the supply. MN Department of Health offers a vaccine locator site. When you receive a vaccine appointment, be sure to dress appropriately so that your upper arm is easily accessible (for example, wear a short-sleeve t-shirt under your sweater/jacket).
Redeemer COVID-19 Prepraedness Plan
Adopted and approved by church council, Summer 2020
A member at Edina Community Lutheran Church, Dr. Osterholm offered a deep understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it means to the "when" and "how" of re-engaging in-person public worship.
Dr. Osterholm is the author of the 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list. His presentation is sobering. But it offers significant guidance for congregational conversation about the factors that should go into decisions about gathering again as worshipping communities.
To view the Osterholm presentation, go to the synod's home page and scroll down to the featured resource.
ALL WEEKLY IN-PERSON SERVICES AT REDEEMER HAVE BEEN MOVED ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Stay tuned here and in our weekly announcements!
Visit Online Worship | Facebook | YouTube.
Per Minnesota State and Minneapolis Are Synod guidance church offices will be closed through at least June 30th as we follow Governor Walz's Three-Phased Stay-Safe Plan for the state.