Covid-19 Update
Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 9:49:44 AM
Spring 2021 Covid19 Update                                               3/18/2021                                          
As many of you are aware, our Minnesota Governor recently announced the loosening of some covid restrictions.  For places of worship, the most significant change is that churches are now allowed to operate at 100% capacity.  While that sounds exciting, the current protocols of practicing social distancing and the wearing of masks are still in place.  As this pertains to Salem Lutheran Church, the new loosened restrictions do not change much, practically speaking. 
 
Your leaders at Salem continue to evaluate this ever-changing situation. It remains Salem’s mission and goal to comply with the Covid 19 restrictions while honoring our civil leaders, serving God’s people at Salem with the gospel, and demonstrating Christian love for one another and our community. 
 
Over the past few weeks we have seen a rise in attendance, especially in our Sunday, 8 am services.  Based on what you are telling us this is due to a variety of reasons including the lowering of positive cases in our community, more people being vaccinated, and the fact that many individuals are now recovered from having tested positive for the virus in the past. 
 
Based on all of this, here is what can be expected as you attend worship at Salem over the coming weeks:
  • Wearing of face masks during worship will continue to be required. 
  • All pews in the balcony are open.  Some seats in the balcony do not allow for social distancing, so if this is a concern for you plan to sit on the main floor.
  • On the main floor there are certain pews marked off for social distancing. However, as has already happened and we anticipate will continue to happen as more members feel comfortable returning, if more people come to a service than can be seated in the designated pews, our ushers will start using the undesignated pews to seat all who attend.  We do not intend to turn anyone away from worship.
  • Online sign up will still be required for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.  There are sign-up links available on the home page of this website.  Note: If your preferred service time is full, please make every effort to adjust your schedule to attend one of the other services offered.  Again, we will not turn anyone away from a service, but if there are openings in the other scheduled services please fill those spots before just arriving at one of the full services.
 
With all of this in mind, here are a few more informational points and encouragements to keep in mind as you plan to attend:
  1. If overflow seating is needed, it will begin in the back of the church.  If you are not comfortable sitting close to others plan to sit closer to the front of church. 
  2. The only service we have had overflow attendance has been the Sunday, 8am service.  If not being social distanced is a concern for you, please attend the 10:30am service.
  3. Please follow the direction of the ushers.  If overflow seating is needed the ushers will ask those sitting close by if they are comfortable with this.  If not, other adjustments will be made.
  4. Plan to arrive at church a bit earlier than usual.  If overflow seating is needed, understand that it takes time for the ushers to communicate with those already seated and make the necessary adjustments.  Arriving early will assist the ushers in making sure all are seated on time.
  5. If you are unable to attend worship, please make use of our recorded services found on Salem’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7KRe5Nr2Se2jqQuDJU02yw
 
 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
This past year has been challenging for everyone and we are not completely through this pandemic yet.  Please be patient and understanding as we continue to move forward.  We look forward to seeing everyone in worship.

May the Lord God, our Great Physician, be with you all!