Coronavirus Update

Worship will be back in the sanctuary, beginning June 20 – 21. Here are some modifications, you can expect to see. Please join us for worship outdoors, online and in-building!

LCOOR’s Commitment to Safety as We Return to the Building

Adopted by Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Church Council on June 9, 2020.

Expectations and commitments we ask of you:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, please use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  3. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  4. If someone in your household is not feeling well, please encourage them to stay home
  5. If you are immunocompromised or do not feel comfortable returning to our building yet, please stay home.
  6. Maintain a 6 foot physical distance between those people with whom you don’t share a living space.
  7. Leave a pew between you and other worshippers.
  8. It is your choice if  you wear a mask for the safety of everyone and as a way to love your neighbor. It is your choice.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recently been to worship or in our building for any reason, we ask that you contact the church office. We are committed to keeping your confidentiality. We are also committed to keeping all who enter our doors as safe and healthy as we can.


Expectations and commitments you can anticipate from staff and pastors.

  1. The 10:30am Worship services will be livestreamed online. If you do not feel comfortable coming back to the building, you can still worship with us!
  2. Throughout the summer our 9:00am outdoor lake service will continue with safe physical distancing.
  3. The sanctuary and all public spaces of the church will be cleaned thoroughly.
  4. Pastors and staff will keep physical distance and wear masks, yet still be present and available for conversation, questions, and pastoral care.
  5. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available throughout the building.
  6. The system that handles the air flow has been adjusted to bring in more outside fresh air.

How will worship look different when we return?

  1. Bulletins will be available. They will be placed in the pews before worship.
  2. The liturgy will be spoken and we will not have congregational singing. Hymn books are removed. We will have special music, prayers, scripture, and preaching
  3. We will not have Children’s sermons or Children’s Church as a way of limiting moving around in the sanctuary.
  4. Bags with quiet activities for children will not be provided.
  5. Offering plates will not be passed. Offering will be taken at the back of the church as you enter or leave. You can also give electronically!
  6. Communion will be taken using only one element, bread, the body of Christ. Wafers will be placed in the pew with the bulletins.
  7. Pastors will not shake hands after worship, but they will greet people from a safe distance outside before and after worship.
  8. Doors will be left open, reducing surfaces people must touch.
  9. We will not have coffee and cookies before or after worship services.
  10. We will not host funeral lunches.

Expectations and commitments of ushers

  1. Ushers will greet people as they come while maintaining physical distance.
  2. Ushers will help remind folks to find physically distanced seats.
  3. Ushers will remind folks that bulletins are in the pews.

 

 How will group meetings look different?

  1. Group meetings will be limited to 10-15 participants.
  2. If you are not feeling well or are immunocompromised, please stay home.
  3. It is expected that physical distancing will be practiced.
  4. We ask that the church is notified to schedule in advance.
  5. No food or drink will be provided.
  6. Please, wipe down the area you used before you leave.

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.

A thank you from our High School graduates for the thoughts and prayers given to them through these Prayer Shawls.
Are you ready to get out and into summer? Join us for worship at the lake, beginning May 24 at 9am.
Memorial Park on Lake Kampeska.
Pastor Kent, along with friends, Olivia and Aiden, would like to invite you to Parking Lot Worship at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer beginning this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Just drive into the lot, tune your car radio to 88.7 FM and share in worship. This Sunday there will be a special treat for each carload as we share a Blessing of Our Church Family.
Worship is still available online on Facebook and YouTube and on KXLG Radio, 99.1 FM at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning.
Youth Director, Philip Lickei, finds his inner Mr. Rogers/Bob Ross, PBS voice to share with us what’s going on in Youth Ministry at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in a tongue-in-cheek way. 
Do you ever wonder what to pray or how to pray? Pastor Kent has some pointers that may be of assist. Hint: think “tacos”!
LCOOR member Deb Shephard shares words of wisdom and faith, as we all face the challenges of COVID-19. Keep the faith, friends!
We celebrated Holy Humor Sunday yesterday where members of our congregation submitted jokes to help spread some cheer. We had so many jokes we wanted to share, the Holy Humor is spilling over to Monday. We hope you get a giggle or two!
When we can’t be together physically, the LCOOR ministry stays connected in other ways. Welcoming and Caring Coordinator Twila describes the new way of doing ministry, communicating that God has not forgotten you and neither has the church.
Hear from two of our graduating seniors, Belle and Sophie, how COVID-19 has and has not changed their lives. These are but two among dozens of faithful, active young people in our ministry.
We could all use a good laugh right about now. The Sunday after Easter is sometimes called “Holy Hilarity Sunday.” We’d like to hear your best joke and use it Sunday. Take a video of yourself or someone you are physically distancing with telling a knee-splapper and send it to Robbyn at robbyn@lcoorwatertown.org
In this holiest of weeks Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer invites you to worship with us throughout Holy Week. Join us for Maundy Thursday worship at 6:00 p.m. on April 8th. Then join us for Good Friday worship on April 9th at 6:00 p.m. Holy Week culminates in a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 12th. Here’s Robbyn to tell you more!
Worship with us this Palm Sunday online or via KXLG at 10am,  and then spread the word: drive to the church 11am – 1pm Sunday, and be safely greeted and handed a palm branch.
“The Psalmist sings, ‘Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.’ How is music helping you through this unusual time?”
In the disruption of life, the constant remains, Jesus Christ. Sandy Albertsen talks about the importance
of faith and the need to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
What does youth ministry look like while practicing social distancing? Phil shares how he’s keeping connected with our young people.
Dr. Clark Likness shares information concerning COVID-19 and our faithful response to this crisis.
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6/8
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer’s 40 Days of Listening asks us to laugh. Social distancing just might make that a bit more important. It might even be a sort of prayer. Laugh along with us!
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer invites you to keep connected as best you can, through prayer, friendship and digitally!
A message of hope and ministry report from Pastor Kent and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Watertown, SD.
For ways to support Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in this difficult time, please click here: https://lcoorwatertown.org/resources/

March 17, 2020