Coronavirus Update

The Watertown Sandwich Ministry has been providing approximately 185 sack lunches 3 times per week and delivering them to “hungry places” for 4 years. Nyla Bergen will tell you about it.

Temporary Office Hours During COVID-19

The Church Office will be staffed Monday—Friday 9:00am—3:00pm.

Please note, you may still contact the Church Office during regular business hours (M-F  8:30am-5:00pm) as we will have the phone line forwarded to a church staff member.

LCOOR Staff and Leaders are creatively continuing ministries as we journey together in faith through this time of COVID-19.

Please know that we are keeping you and everyone in our prayers as we go through this unusual time.

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March 17, 2020


March 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus and heeding our national and state officials, all activities at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown will be cancelled through March 18.  This includes weekend and Lent worship services.

Here are a few other things you should know for the coming days:

  1. If you would like to have individual prayer on Sunday morning, the church will be open during worship hours (8:30 am to 11:30 am) for individual prayer and (safely) talking, as people wish.
  • Church leaders will meet Saturday at 10:00 am to develop a “Christian Response”to see how our congregation can continue to support not only our members but also the community.  As best as possible, our feeding ministries will continue, if not “ramp up” to meet an increased need.
  • We will have a church staff meeting Monday at 10:00 AM to plan for staff activities/service during these very unusual times.  The question will be, how do we keep in touch and minister with our people, without gathering them all together?
  • During these most unusual days, keep in your heart the faith we have that God is in charge.  Also watch for the needs of your neighbors.

Ultimately, we remain faithful in trusting our Living and Loving God, during these disrupted days.

Psalm 46:10 are good words to keep in mind, “Be still and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations.  I am exalted in the earth.”

Pastor Kent Stillson


Keeping People Healthy in Our Ministries

The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Church Council, at its March 10 meeting, discussed the flu/cold/virus season and how to keep people as healthy as possible. 

For the next few weeks, Council is asking the congregation members and staff to be especially diligent in cleaning and keeping people healthy.  Recommendations from the local hospital and the CDC, indicate LCOOR publicize the following:

  • When you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and sing for 20 seconds (we suggest “Jesus Loves Me”) while doing so.
  • Replace hand shaking with a friendly smile and a wave.
  • We will receive Holy Communion only with individual Communion cups.
  • At Holy Communion, children too young to commune will receive a blessing without being physically touched.
  • All food servers at church (Lenten meals, coffee hour, Tuesday noon high school lunches, Watertown Sandwich Ministry, etc.) are asked to wash their hands, stay home if they are not feeling well, wear gloves and clean serving and prep surfaces.
  • Offering plates will not be passed among the pews.  Rather, ushers will be in the back, by the doors to receive people’s offerings as they leave.

What the church is doing to keep you safe:

  • Our very fine cleaning staff are working extra hard, cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • For you to use in the building, there are 6 permanently installed hand sanitizing stations, plus soap and water in the bathrooms and multiple hand pump sanitizing bottles.
  • Preparing food in as safe a way as possible (see above).
  • We offer prayer for people’s health and well-being.  Ultimately, we trust in God for our life’s many blessings.

Once this flu and virus season is over, we will return to our usual worship practices.  But with more hand washing and health focus!