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Cross View Lutheran Church COVID-19 Updates

June 28, 2020

We are so glad to start seeing Cross View members and friends at our onsite worship services since we reopened a few weeks ago! Starting on July 5, a new onsite worship schedule will be in effect. It will feature a single, blended service in the sanctuary. We will be able to accommodate growing or fluctuating numbers by simulcasting the service from the sanctuary into the new Great Commission Room as needed. The full Sunday morning schedule during the summer months will be:

  • 9:00 am – One blended service in the sanctuary
  • 10:30 am – Online Bible Classes
  • 11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Drive-Through Communion pick-up (on 2nd & 4th Sundays)

Click here to register for Sunday worship and/or Drive-Through Communion.

June 8, 2020

Click here for registration details for next Sunday's on-site worship. Remember, due to COVID-19 restrictions, advance registration is required.

June 4, 2020

Cross View’s Church Council met on Tuesday, June 2nd, to determine a reopening date for onsite worship. After working hard to outline safety procedures that minimize health risks, we plan to re-open for onsite worship beginning on Sunday, June 14.  Specific details, including the full social distancing plan, cleaning procedures, information on communion distribution, and details about music during the service, can be found below the video message from Pastor Steve Wheeler.

Worship Times beginning June 14:

  1. 8 – 8:45 a.m. - Traditional worship service in the sanctuary
  2. 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. - Online Bible Studies will be available for people from both worship times.
  3. 11 – 11:45 a.m. - Contemporary Worship service will be held in the Great Commission Room (GCR).
  4. Pre-recorded Stream – will be available (starting Saturday) to those not able to attend onsite worship.
     

People Who will be Discouraged from Attending Onsite Worship (as Christians we love our neighbor and want them to stay well):

  • People who are sick should stay home and utilize our online stream.
  • People at high risk or with pre-existing health issues should utilize the online stream.
  • CDC and State of MN recommend people over the age of 65 exercise caution around groups of people and should consider staying at home and utilize the online stream.
  • Please note that members and visitors attending Cross View in person visit at their own risk. While we have worked hard to mitigate as much risk as possible, it is impossible to know exactly how COVID-19 is spread at this time. 

 
Pre-Registration for Worship:

State law only allows us to have 25% of occupancy listed for self-contained rooms. In our case, this limits us to about 90 people per room. This means that we will have limited seating available. We will be using the “Eventbrite” software for worshippers to reserve their seats in advance. The software issues attendees an online ticket.  Registration will open each Monday morning at 9 a.m. for the Sunday ahead.  When attendance reaches a point that we are running out of seats, we will consider adding services.
 

Important Miscellaneous Items to Note:

  1. Local disease statistics will be monitored and worship services in person will cease if deemed appropriate. Continue to watch the website closely for updates and thank you in advance for your flexibility.
  2. All members will be required to wear a mask indoors. (With the exception of young children ages birth to two years old – per health guidelines).
  3. Worshippers will be asked to bring their own masks. However, if they forget, masks will be made available for them.
  4. Worshippers will pick up their own bulletin. Bulletins will be “fanned-out” on tables for them to take.
  5. To control cleaning requirements between services, only the main bathrooms and the family bathroom near the sanctuary will be open.
  6. There will be no fellowship opportunities inside the building.  Lobbies and other areas outside of the walk paths to and from the worship areas will be marked off.
  7. No nursery care will be available.
  8. Children’s messages will be pre-recorded and projected on the screens.  
  9. No onsite classes will be offered.
  10. Offerings will be collected in baskets as people exit the sanctuary. We will encourage people to also make use of online giving options or by mailing their contribution in.
  11. Bathrooms and common areas (entrances, rails, elevator, etc.) will be cleaned between services.
  12. Members will be encouraged to take their temperature on their own prior to coming to worship.
     

Social Distancing Plan for Entry, Seating, & Exit:

  1. Worshippers will enter using the upper and lower parking lots.
  2. A Welcome Team member will direct people to use circles placed on the floor at intervals of 6 feet to guide them toward worship areas. Worshippers will be asked to move to the next circle on the floor once the people in front of them have moved forward.  
  3. A Welcome Team member will direct worshippers to available seating in the sanctuary or GCR. Seating will be marked off in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
  4. At the end of the service, worshippers will be dismissed by a Welcome Team member and will exit using the same socially distanced circles on the floor on the way out of the building.
     

Communion Distribution:

  1. For now, communion will be offered on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
  2. Worshippers will remain in their pews/seats and be brought communion by teams of three.
  3. Teams will be masked and gloved. Worshippers will remain masked as they receive the host and wine. After the team has left the row, worshippers will pull down their masks and receive the sacrament. They will then re-mask as the third communion team member comes through with the receptacle for used communion cups.
  4. Pre-Prepared communion kits will be consecrated on the altar during the service.  They will then be distributed to those who cannot commune onsite between 12:30-1:15 p.m. at the upper lot circular drop-off. Arrangements will be made for those unable to pick up their communion kit at the church. Pre-registration will be required through Event Brite and will open Monday morning at 9 a.m. for the Sunday ahead. 
     

Music During the Service:

  1. Per recommendations and in accord with what many other churches in the area are doing, we will not sing out-loud during the services.
  2. Sung musical selections will be pre-recorded and projected on the screens and played through audio feeds.
  3. Live music will be played by the organist and/or contemporary leader during the pre-service, communion, and post-service times. A live hymn may also be incorporated into traditional service where worshippers will be encouraged to read the words and sing them in their hearts.
  4. The choir will not be singing until fall at earliest.


 

May 22, 2020
 

Click here to read a statement from our Congregational President and Senior Pastor regarding the announcement by the MN South District of the LCMS that member churches can start to worship together again on May 31st.

May 3, 2020

Won’t it be wonderful to worship together again? While we don’t know when that might be (although we do know that it won't be before May 24), we are already trying to plan ahead. When we get together, things will be different: social distancing, lots of hand sanitizers, no handshakes or hugs. Masks will be the new normal for a period of time. With this in mind, Cross View is asking that when we do come together in worship, all people two years old and above wear masks to protect themselves and to protect others. If you can, please bring your own masks. If you can’t, we will have a few available through the angelic fingers of some of our own Cross View women who are sewing masks for the congregation.

If you need a mask now, we can provide one for you. Let us know your size (child, medium, large). Also, if you can and would like to sew masks for our congregation, please let us know, and we will provide you with information. Please direct questions to Connie Landreville at connie.landreville@gmail.com.

April 7, 2020

Worship services continue to happen via video stream only. This includes Holy Week services: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Click here to go to our media page.

March 22, 2020

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20)

Dear Brothers & Sisters of the Cross View Family,

Trust that God is with you. No virus will separate us from our Lord. He is everywhere with us and not limited to the walls of our church. While COVID‑19 (Coronavirus) continues to impact our ability to congregate together, and we miss that important aspect of our church body, the Cross View staff has been busy creating online worship, Bible study, small group, and confirmation materials. These tools help fill our need for the Word in these uncertain times.

We continue to receive direction to limit unnecessary contact as a way to slow the spread of COVID‑19. As a result, the Cross View schedule has been updated through April 4.

All Cross View worship services and programs occurring at the church remain cancelled through April 4, including EasterFest.

  • The pastors will design and pre-record special worship services that include liturgy, music, scripture, a sermon, and prayers to nourish us. These whole services can be streamed from our website. The sermons will be archived for on-demand viewing. Our Communications Team will send reminders each weekend and Wednesday (during Lent), including direct links to the media pages on our website.
  • Our Early Childhood Center provides essential service to families, and at this time will remain open, subject to staff availability and family needs. School age care has been added!
  • Holy week activities are to be determined; contingency plans for virtual services are being developed.

All important communications, including cancellation of services or programming, will be posted to our website, as well as shared through other means of communication.

We will continue to follow updates from the State of Minnesota, World Health Organization (WHO), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) daily and encourage you to do the same.

As we begin this week of Giving in our Red Letter Challenge series, let us worship our God who gave up His most prized possession, His very own Son, for us. What can we do this week for one another, expecting nothing in return?

In Christ,

Lynn Pahl, Congregational President
Pastor Steve Wheeler, Senior Pastor

March 15, 2020, 8:30 PM

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Dear Brothers & Sisters of the Cross View Family,

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has an increasing impact both locally and globally and is changing rapidly. Our programming for the next two weeks will change to be consistent with the announcement today from Gov. Tim Walz that all Minnesota school buildings will close from March 18 to March 27. 

All Cross View worship services and programs occurring at the church are cancelled effective immediately through March 28. 

  • The pastors will record sermons that would have been shared during Sunday morning or Lent worship services and share them on our website.
  • Our Early Childhood Center provides essential service to families, and at this time will remain open, subject to staff availability and family needs.
  • Small groups, meeting outside of church, are encouraged to meet at your discretion.
  • While the church facilities will not be available for any meetings prior to March 29, Cross View staff will be in the office and available to meet your needs via phone or email. As noted in the previous communication, we are suspending in-person pastoral hospital, shut-in and home visits, providing care through phone ministry, texts and written notes. 

At this time, we will plan to hold EasterFest on April 4. For other activities beyond March 28, we will remain flexible as new information becomes available.

All important communications, including cancellation of services or programming, will be posted to our website, as well as shared through other means of communication. 

We will continue to follow updates from the State of Minnesota, World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) daily and encourage you to do the same. 

Please remember that God is in control and we can find peace in His steadfast love. While our new circumstances require us to adjust our lifestyles, we are grateful for the opportunities we have to connect, study and worship virtually. We encourage you to take refuge in Cross View’s online resources and thank you for your continued financial support of our ministries as most costs remain whether or not we gather in person. 

Finally, during this time, consider how you can reach out to one another, including those who may be in need of special attention.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve Wheeler, Senior Pastor

Lynn Pahl, Congregational President

 March 15, 2020

Tonight's youth group events have been canceled.

 

March 13, 2020

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! (Psalm 31:1)

Dear Brothers & Sisters of the Cross View Family,

As you are aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to have a large impact both locally and globally. We wanted to let you know steps that Cross View Lutheran Church and the Early Childhood Center are taking in response to the situation.

We want to start by saying that in times of fear and uncertainty, we have the assurance that God is our refuge and strength. He tells us to let His love cast out fear. At the same time, he gives us tools and a role to play in protecting ourselves and others from the spread of diseases like Coronavirus. The health and safety of those who walk through the doors of our church must remain a top priority.

We are taking a variety of precautionary measures to ensure our gatherings are as safe as possible.

In the immediate future:
  • We will move forward with worship and our regular programming this Sunday, March 15.
  • In order to ensure that all are comfortable attending, the special Dedication Service originally planned for March 22 has been postponed. Instead, regular worship services are currently planned for that day.
  • Lenten dinners and Café Cross View are cancelled for now. Wednesday evening activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Lenten Worship Service.
New precautionary recommendations and measures:
  • First, if you are sick, stay home. We are blessed to offer livestreaming from our website. Please make sure you are fever free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before attending church in-person.
  • If you are elderly and/or have health concerns, we recommend you stay home and take advantage of our livestreaming.
  • We will spread chairs in the Great Commission Room to provide more personal space.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water (for a minimum of 20 seconds), before and after using the bathroom.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the top of the stairs and at the main entry.
  • In the ECC, it is now mandatory for children and teachers to wash their hands when they enter the classroom each morning. We also disinfect the rooms with Lysol wipes during the day and at night. This includes toys, handrails, door handles and bathrooms.
During worship services:
  • During our greeting time, we will greet each other verbally only (no welcome wing or handshakes).
  • Communion will be served with disposable cups and the Host will be distributed using tongs.
  • Offering will be collected in a basket as you come forward for communion. The same method will be used on non-communion Sundays during the offertory. (Offerings can also be accepted in person, by text, online, by mail and by establishing a Simply Giving account.)
  • All worship assistants, greeters and ushers will wash their hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer.
Other precautionary steps:
  • We are prepared to stream services every Sunday if we are required to stay home.
  • We are suspending in-person pastoral hospital, shut-in and home visits, providing care through phone ministry, texts and written notes.
  • We will need to remain flexible to change as we “wait and see” how things unfold in the coming days and weeks.

All important communications, including cancellation of services or programming will be posted to our website, as well as shared through other means of communication.

We will continue to follow updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) daily and encourage you to do the same.

Please remember that God is in control. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and none of this is a surprise to him. We are one family in Christ, and we are in this together. Instead of panicking, let’s use good judgment and use every opportunity to share Jesus, who is the hope of the world.

In Christ, 

Pastor Steve