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COVID-19 Plan

Letter from
Pastor Mark

COVID-19 Plan

When the original Methodist societies began to meet back in the 1700’s they had no buildings and no COVID-19. But they did have three simple rules to live by. Today, as we try to faithfully respond to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we seek to balance the challenge of those three simple rules expressed today as:

1) Do no harm.
2) Do good.
3) Stay in love with God.

To do so, we pattern our response based on the guidelines issued by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, our insurance company and the MN Department of Health. As each church situation is unique–and as the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing–we will adapt as needed to protect our community and carry out our mission for Christ. Below are some specifics as they relate to Resurrection UMC.

Meetings

We are currently in the stage where only groups of 10 or less are encouraged to meet.* Such gatherings are required to maintain social distancing. Groups are still encouraged to gather online or outdoors if possible, however the building will be available for meetings if necessary with the following conditions:

  • Group leaders will be responsible for sanitizing surfaces in their meeting area when they are finished using the cleaning supplies and instructions supplied in each room.
  • Seating in each room will be limited and designated to maintain a 6-foot social distance. Please take this into account when considering which room to schedule.
  • These conditions apply to any group wishing to use the building. Contact Dan Kocher to schedule when needed (Note: multiple groups will not be scheduled to use the building at the same time.)

Worship

We will start gathering again in the sanctuary for worship at some point in the near future. When we do we will implement some new protocols to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Separation and sanitation will be crucial. Below are some expected changes that will allow us to meet in-person. As the situation changes these may be modified, but initially we expect:

  • We will continue putting our Sunday services online so that those who are at higher risk
and those who are not yet comfortable with larger gatherings can still participate in our
  • (over)
worship together. Seating will be reduced to provide for social distancing between families.
  • Common surfaces will be sanitized after each service (door handles, restrooms, counters, etc.)
  • Those who are in high contact positions such as ushers will wear masks. Others are encouraged to wear masks but it is not required.
  • All parts of the service that involve multiple people touching objects will be modified or eliminated, e.g. offerings will be placed in a free-standing container instead of in passed offering plates; there will be no handshakes; communion will be modified; folders will not be passed, etc.
  • To avoid crowds in hallways, the lobby and at doorways, there will be no coffee fellowship time. The coffee shop will remain closed and persons will be encouraged to leave the building immediately after worship and hold any conversations in the safer outdoors environment.
  • Initially there will be no nursery or Sunday school. Those with children are asked to have their children attend with them in worship.
  • As singing is an especially effective way to transmit the virus, we will not be standing to join in the songs. Our music will be live with musicians safely distanced from the congregation.
  • Each week, worshippers will be asked to let us know ahead of time what service they will be attending by using an online form available on the website and rezNews. This will replace the attendance folder and allow for quick follow-up contact should someone at the service subsequently be found to have COVID-19. (Note: Everyone will still be welcome even if they do not sign up. The service will be shown in the fellowship hall for overflow in the event that attendance exceeds the allowed capacity in the sanctuary.)

As noted previously, all of these responses are subject to change depending on the situation and as more information on best practices becomes available. However, Resurrection Church promises to do its best to do no harm, do good and stay in love with God. May the One who doesn’t change – the eternal God of all creation – bless us and keep us.

*Governor Walz has recently permitted churches to hold worship services indoors as long as social distancing and an appropriate COVID-19 Response Plan is in place and followed, and so long as attendance is no more than 25% of the capacity of the worship space. This applies only to worship services, weddings and funerals. All other meetings including anything with food or drink are still limited to 10. We are studying the feasibility and advisability of large group worship in our sanctuary given these restrictions and will provide adequate notice when we once again move to worship in the sanctuary. Until then we will continue to provide worship exclusively online.

COVID-19 Plan2020-06-01T14:17:42-05:00

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Letter from
Pastor Mark

Resurrection UMC Hastings (REZ) takes the health and well-being of our congregation, staff and community very seriously. We are monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical professionals, and local health departments.

The rise of the new virus has also led to a number of questions about how we will function at church. We continue to do everything we can to balance risk reduction and the power of being together as the body of Christ. To reduce risk, we are all encouraged to follow recommended protocols from the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) or local health officials. These include frequent hand washing, not going out if sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and other normal precautions to prevent disease spread.

Currently in effect at REZ

Office/Building Access

  • The building is now closed throughout the week per the statewide stay-at-home mandate.

Worship

  • No Sunday worship services at church. 
  • Weekly pre-recorded online services go live Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on Facebook or YouTube with interactive chat and are also available afterwards via our podcast and video channels.
  • Please use our secure online giving resource (tithe.ly) to continue your commitment to generosity and the work of Resurrection church – or go old school and send a check through the U.S. mail.
  • Communion is available using safe, pre-packaged elements via drop-off or mail. Make arrangements with the church office (651.437.4398 or email). Also check rezNews and Facebook posts for the Drive-Thru Communion event happening monthly at REZ.

Congregational Care

  • We will continue to care for our congregation and patients/residents in healthcare facilities via phone calls and notes.
  • Pastor Mark is sending out a weekly email/postal letter with insights and encouragement during this period of temporary inconvenience for our community. If you’d like to receive this letter via email, sign up.

Kids/Youth, Small Groups, Classes & Support Groups

  • No events, small group meetings or gatherings at church at this time.
  • Stay in touch: Sign up for rezNews and rezKIDS newsletters
  • No rezYouth programs. Online resources for students are available via social media. Contact Annah or AP for details.
  • No AWANA or Wednesday night dinners.
  • Lent small groups: Contact your small group leader for specific details. Videos are available online.
  • Support groups (AA, GA, NA, etc.) will not meet at church.

Staff & Volunteers

  • Contact staff and volunteers by email or phone.

Stay Calm

While COVID-19 is new, it is not new for the church to face periods of epidemics, fear and uncertainty. Throughout the centuries, Christians have weathered these periods by turning to their faith and one another. Please be in prayer for those who are ill or otherwise affected by COVID-19, influenza or other health issues. Our world may be in an uproar, but God is still the peace in the midst of the storm. Please contact the church office if you have additional questions about REZ’s response to COVID-19.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:6-7

You can help prevent the spread of this virus

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. If you are sick, wear a medical mask around other people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow), then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 and by those who are taking care of someone in close settings to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

COVID-19 Response2020-06-01T14:19:13-05:00

Lent Fellowship Study Groups

What if we all blessed three people every week? What if we just started there? Would that surprise the world? Would that change us? Let’s find out! Join us on the journey to #surprisetheworld this Lenten season. We’ll study and discuss the book “Surprise the World” which challenges us to lead lives that cause the world to question how we love and serve so well.

Study groups begin February 26th

Experience community and fellowship in a small group setting. Lent Fellowship Study groups meet weekly in host homes across Hastings leading up to Easter. Watch for sign-up sheets coming soon!

Take me to your leader

Ready to host a group this year? Great! Just click the button below.

Lead A Group

Lent Fellowship Study Groups2020-01-30T18:03:10-06:00

Scrip Cards on Sale

Scrip Cards: Final Sale!

A percentage of each gift card purchased goes directly to funding ministry at Resurrection. Pick yours up in the Higher Grounds Cafe or the church office. Limited quantities.

$100

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Scrip Cards on Sale2019-10-04T19:44:49-05:00

DVD List

DVD List2019-04-06T08:38:12-05:00

RasPi Schedule Sunday

Sunday’s Schedule:

8:30a | rezWorship – Cancelled

9:45a | Compass  Group – Cancelled

10:00a | rezWorship – Cancelled

10:00a | rezKIDS (check in at the rezKids desk) – Cancelled

11:00a | Surprise the World Study – Cancelled

RasPi Schedule Sunday2020-03-19T13:37:13-05:00

RasPi Schedule Friday

Friday’s Schedule

10:00a | AA Meeting | Room 111

7:00p | Gamblers Anonymous | Room 111

RasPi Schedule Friday2020-03-11T10:56:32-05:00

RasPi Schedule Thursday

Thursday

6:00p | Dinner on Us – Cancelled

7:00p | Overflow Meeting – Cancelled

RasPi Schedule Thursday2020-03-24T14:50:31-05:00

Contact Us

Resurrection UMC
615 15th St. West

Phone: 651.437.4398

Web: rezumc.org