Grace Lutheran Office Hours:
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the church office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Ways to Worship
The following are the updated procedures/guidelines for Worship Safety. If you have any questions please feel free to speak with anyone from council or Pastor Eric.
Safety Procedures Update
As you know, our council continues to be diligent in paying attention to the safety of our congregation and our community. Each time council meets, current safety procedures are evaluated based on the best science and information available as well as what these safety measures will mean for worship services and meetings taking place at Grace.
Return to In-Person Worship Guidelines
In Person Worship Guidelines and Information
Effective August 8th, 2021
3. Masks MUST be worn at all times for all.
4. Social distancing will be observed in the sanctuary and/or the fellowship hall.
5. There will be no more pre-registration. Instead, we are asking you to register/sign-in
with the ushers as you arrive.
6. Frequent use of hand sanitizer is encouraged
7. Seating will be by family units or pods. Seating in family units will be flexible.
Extended families and close friends who are vaccinated may be a pod.
a. Max capacity: 75
b. Signs will be made for the rows and the locations where people will be seated in
each row. Seating will be every other row. Each row can hold up to six.
8. Singing: Masks must be worn for singing. Singing as a congregation will be permitted
9. Sharing the peace: Will take place but you will have to remain in your seat area.
Waves, peace signs, and other acceptable gestures will be used. Shaking hands will
not be taking place.
10. Communion: Everyone is given a communion cup as they enter and during the
appropriate time, everyone communes at the same time.
11. Fellowship after church:
a. Masks worn except while eating or drinking.
b. Coffee will be provided with self-service in disposable cups. Someone from Amazing
Grace will make the coffee in small pots before church service.
c. Treats may be provided by volunteers and will be set out on napkins.
d. Distancing will be respected at all times. Tables will be spaced. Seating at the tables
should not exceed four. The middle seat should be vacant.
Using the above guidelines, committees and groups within the church are also permitted to include hospitality in their meetings beginning the week of October 17. We expect that this may be trial and error and may be making revisions as we move forward. As always, we continue to desire to remain safe.
***** Even though Grace Lutheran is slowly opening back up during Coronavirus pandemic, your offerings are still needed to help with still heating/cooling the church, staff still working behind the scenes so that we can all be connected at a distance. To give online: go to menu at top left, in the drop down click on Online Offerings, the click on the donate button. You can also still mail in your offerings to the church, Grace Lutheran 301 E. Conan St. Ely, MN 55731. Thank you.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT GRACE…..
Thank you to everyone for returning your pledges for this year’s Stewardship Campaign. For those who have not yet made their commitment, it’s not too late. Your pledge is welcome whenever you are ready!
Custodian Update: Our custodian, Dave Klaesges, retired at the end of October. Dave did an excellent job keeping our church clean and performing his many other duties. He was always diligent in keeping the walks clear of snow during the winter months. We will miss him and we wish him well in his retirement. Thank you for your service to Grace, Dave. If anyone in the congregation knows of someone who may be interested in this part-time position, please contact Walt Leino, Dick Flesvig or the church office.
Need an extra assist with lawn/yard fall cleanup and winter shoveling, etc.? Grace’s Men's Club members will assist with lawn/yard fall cleanup and winter shoveling, etc. Call Jim Haugen 365-4392 for details/questions/requests.
Livestream Tech Volunteers Pastor Eric and the Worship and Music Committee are seeking interested individuals who might like to help with running the livestream for worship. Volunteers would be trained on how to run the livestream and given opportunities to learn with those who have already run livestream. Please contact Pastor Eric if you are interested or have questions.
Quilters need sheets for quilting, if you have any available please contact Corinne Beals 218-235-8018
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT GRACE…..
Sunday Nov. 14th –– Joining us for worship & preaching will be Bishop Amy Odgren. A special thank you to Bishop Amy Odgren for joining us for worship and preaching today. Bishop Amy will be available for conversation and fellowship following worship in the fellowship hall.
Grace Lutheran Church Closing Policy
- Grace Lutheran will follow the Ely School system when deciding to close during the school year due to inclement weather
- All church related activities will be canceled when the Ely Schools are closed or let out early
- You are encouraged to use caution when traveling, use your best judgment when road and weather conditions are more severe