During this time, all church updates due to the Coronavirus can be found on this page. Check back regularly, as things seem to change daily.
MONDAY, MAY 18
With the recent announcement of the new Stay Safe Minnesota Executive Order, which allows small gatherings of 10 or less people, on Sunday, May 31st, there will be a series of 20-minute services scheduled. Time slots will be every half hour starting at 9 am. In order to make this work we will have to assign individuals and families to a specific time slot to assure that we do not have more than ten people in attendance. The deacons will be making phone calls to inform members of this possibility and coming up with a list of those interested in attending. The pastor will then inform people of the time they can come and receive the Sacrament. Appointment requests can also be made by phone (218-927-3170) or by email (email@example.com). Please make your request by Saturday noon, May 30th.
Heightened hygienic policies will be practiced. Social distancing will be practiced. Pews where people had been sitting will be sanitized. We ask that anyone who is sick, stay home. Those in the high-risk demographic may want to think seriously about whether they want to participate. There will be no judgment of those who wish to self-isolate and not participate.
This strategy honors the Third Commandment which tells us to take time for God's Word and His gifts, the Fourth Commandment which tells us to honor governing authorities, and the Fifth Commandment which tells us not to bring harm to our neighbor.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we want to support you in any way we can. If you need a listening ear, please reach out to Pastor Becker. If you need someone to pray for you, please know that we already are, and that Pastor would love to pray with you personally, as well. If there are other needs you have, please know that we are here through this time. If you need anything during this time, please contact Pastor Becker at 927-3922.
We will continue airing worship on KKIN-93.4 each Sunday at 9:00 am. All services are available for viewing on our website at www.stjohnaitkin.org and will be posted the night before.
Many people have asked if they could mail their weekly offering. We appreciate this gesture, as even though we are not able to have a “normal” church service, the church’s expenses continue (about $14,000 per month). Please mail offerings to St. John’s Lutheran Church. 324 3rd St. NW, Aitkin, MN, 56431. We now have an online giving option available. Click on this link for more information on how to do that.
Portals of Prayer books are available in the Little Free Library located on the church lawn near the sidewalk. Please feel free to take one.