St. John's Return Team

Team members:  Mark Renze, chair;  Dr. Melanie Dixon, Scott Vial, PhD - Public Health, Dana Dallman, Wendy and Mike Welsch, Jim Buckley, Jonathan Kopplin, Pastor Andy 

The St. John’s Lutheran Return Team has been formed to provide a detailed plan on how to resume in-person ministries that closely follows recommendations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and our ELCA synod.  We will prioritize mission critical, urgent ministerial needs including funerals and interim ministries.  In order to keep the congregation connected during this time it will be important to create a detailed action plan that follows public health conditions in our community as opposed to arbitrary dates.  Frequent communication between the team and the congregation as to why decisions are being made are essential to the success of this plan. 

At present, the Return Team is concentrating its work on the following initiatives, in addition to over-all policy and procedures for a safe return to in-person church activities: 
  • Summer outdoor/parking lot worship protocols - completed, 7-7-20
  • Summer children, youth, and family activity protocols - completed, 7-14-20
    • See summer Children, Youth, & Family plans and protocols - click here
  • A congregational survey to be conducted in July - completed, 7-21-20
  • Mission-critical pastoral ministry protocols for funerals - completed, 7-14-20
    • Updated Funeral Guidelines - July 14, 2020, Updated:  Mar. 17,2021 - click here
  • Mission-critical pastoral ministry protocols for weddings - completed, 8-4
    • Updated Wedding Guidelines - August 4, 2020, Updated:  Mar. 17, 2021 - click here
  • Congregational Survey on In-Person Worship comfortability- Mar. 24 - 30, 2021
  • In-Sanctuary Worship protocols for May 9 resumption of indoor worship - Apr. 28, 2021 - 
Updated:  Mon., May, 3, 2021