Building Closure Update: May 22, 2020

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Are We There Yet?

If you’ve ever taken a road trip with kids you know it’s just a matter of time before you hear it, “Are we there yet.” Some days we barely got out of the driveway before the chorus started!

This pandemic already feels like a long journey and so some of us are wondering, “Are we there yet? Is this almost over? Can we open the church and worship together on our campus again?” That’s especially true in light of recent news stories about churches defying Governor Walz’s order to not yet re-open churches. Neither our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, nor Prince of Peace is part of the defiance or accompanying lawsuit.

So, where is Prince of Peace in all of this? Great question! So glad you asked.

We, along with the Board of Directors, are listening carefully to guidance from the State Health Department and leadership across our denomination. Together we are prayerfully seeking a balance between the desire to get back onto campus and into corporate worship and the health and safety of our members and neighbors. We are reminded that while we are free in Christ, we are free for the sake of our neighbor and the greater good of all people. At times, what we can do is not what we should do for love for our neighbor.

Apart from a few staff who cannot work from home and essential volunteers, our campus will remain closed until July 11. We will reevaluate the situation based on the latest developments and update you once again. The Mission Outpost will also continue to distribute food during this time with minimal staff and volunteers.
Our staff teams are diligently laying plans for that day when we feel that it is safe to re-open the campus so that our faith community and guests can feel safe in God’s house.

If you have questions or concerns about this or anything else during these extraordinary days, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You are also encouraged to log into the congregational forum via Zoom on June 8. A link to participate will be available soon.

In the meantime, we sincerely hope that our online resources are helping you to feel connected to God and one another. It’s a reminder that the Body of Christ is more than a physical location; it’s a work of the Spirit.. This ministry belongs to all of us and it goes on wherever we bear Christ’s love. We are proud of the outstanding work of our staff as they adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

Thank you for your faithfulness and your patience in these difficult days. We are truly grateful to serve alongside you for the sake of the Gospel. We join you in looking forward to that day when we can safely join together in community.

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail the Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@popmn.org.

Jane Victorey & Jeff Marian

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  • Stephanie Renslow
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    Thank you! Excellent statement of support to us all during these difficult and sometimes confusing times. I appreciate the measured response our church is taking to protect us as we move forward in our understanding of this pandemic. Cudos and stay the course! Be safe and stay healthy! I will continue to attend church on the excellent online service.

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