At least two local churches have or will soon return to holding in-person services while others are still planning and assessing the situation. After nearly three months of closure some churches continue to provide on-line services, but some doors are opening.
The following is a list of some local churches and their current status:
The River Church in Prophetstown is planning on holding in-person services this weekend (6/14) at 8:30 and 10:30 AM. The church asks that you Sign Up as seating is limited .
Pastor Chelsey Olson of The First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown says they will not be re-opening yet. “We will be meeting tonight as a council to talk about what happens when we enter into Phase 4, but as of right now we are offering online worship services. The building may be closed, but the church is not. We are focusing on the ways we are still a church and a family, even when we can’t gather. Love is not cancelled, community is not cancelled and church is not cancelled.”
Tampico UMC is working on a plan but doesn’t have a definite date yet. Pastor Lenne Keate says the church is following the guidelines established by the Governor and Bishop Sally Dyck. “Right now we hope to be able to open soon after we reach Phrase 4.”
The Prophetstown United Methodist Church will have a new pastor beginning July 1st, but Pastor Mark Meyer shared the current thoughts of reopening.
“The United Methodist Church has been working closely with the State and health officials to develop best practices for reopening. Our emphasis has been on “doing no harm” to our members and community. Even though we have a desire to meet in person, we are reminded by Paul’s words to the Corinthians, “I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.” [1 Corinthians 6:12 CEB]
Pastor Joey Garcea and the PTUMC Administrative Board are developing a plan for reopening safely.
I encourage everyone to be patient, be faithful, and use this time to deepen your walk with the LORD. The Church has endured much more for much longer. We will endure this.”
Fenton and Leon UMC are in the process of working on plans. pastor Jan Shaulis says,”We are praying the the governor will let us open the beginning of July.”