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Cross View Lutheran Church COVID-19 Updates

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

COVID-19 Updates