Congregational Business

COVID-19 Response

(updated 3/25 at 2:00 p.m.

After careful consideration, the Incarnation Council and staff leadership has decided to continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and will not reopen the Incarnation building until after May 8. Another meeting will happen on April 20 to reassess the situation and you will be notified of any changes. This means there won’t be any in-person gatherings, including Holy Week and Easter. As disappointing as this new is, we believe we are called to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in promoting the health of our larger community.

Please know that the staff has made online connecting and resources more readily available. Holy Week and Easter worship will still happen in an online format and worship leadership is brainstorming creative ways to bring the incredible story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to your homes. Please note that the one exception to this rule would be in the event of a funeral and then pastors will create a plan to hold a modified service and will work with the family to ensure the safety of all.


(updated 3/15 at 11:30 a.m.)

The Incarnation building and Incarnation Office will be closed to the public until March 27. This is a fluid situation that Incarnation leadership will be monitoring and will reassess our situation on March 23.


(updated 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.)

As a staff and with the Council of Incarnation, we have been intentionally and prayerfully discerning how to respond to both our individual needs and our communal responsibility in regards to the COVID-19 virus. To keep our community healthy and to do our small part to help “flatten the curve”, it has been decided to postpone all gatherings and events at Incarnation through March 27, including worship for this Sunday, March 15 and March 22. While most cases of the coronavirus will be mild, there will be those who need medical assistance from doctors and hospitals to recover. The best way for us to help doctors and hospitals right now is to practice social distancing so the virus spreads more slowly, allowing medical communities to keep pace with the virus.

This is a fluid situation that Incarnation leadership will be monitoring and will reassess our situation on March 23. We will be in communication with you frequently as new circumstances arise or new decisions are being made that may affect your ministry or group. If you don’t already, this is a good time to update your email address in Incarnation’s database and start following on Facebook.

Please note:

  • Worship will be online for March 15 and March 23.
  • Wednesday worship will be online for the rest of Lent.
  • All programming and events are canceled through March 27.
  • The Incarnation Preschool is closed.
  • Children, Youth and Family staff have prepared for online materials.
  • Discover Incarnation is postponed until a later date.
  • The building will be closed to the public.
  • In case of emergency, an illness, a hospitalization, or a death, contact the Pastoral Care Line at 612-276-2797.
  • To update your email address, contact Amy Martell, Office Manager at amartell@incarnationmn.org.
  • You may find email addresses for staff here.
  • You may find online giving here or may mail a check to: Incarnation Lutheran Church 4880 Hodgson Rd., Shoreview, MN, 55126.

(Updated 3/12)
Incarnation is monitoring the guidance of the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Minnesota Department of Health concerning the coronavirus. We will be observing what measures the school systems are taking and will communicate to the congregation should any changes be made to worship or our public spaces. If you wish to speak with someone about this further, please contact Danette Griffith at 651-484-7213.

Please note:

  • We are currently asking people to refrain from shaking hands or hugging and to instead greet others with a smile and a wave or by placing your hand over your heart.
  • Gatherings and events may be canceled on short notice due to health concern reasons.
  • Staff are increasing efforts to sanitize frequently touched items like door handles and table tops.
 
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