Worship & Building Usage
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Update: July 23, 2020
Re-Gathering Traffic Light:
All of us at a different place!
- Green (Go!)
- Yellow (Proceed with Caution)
- Red (Wait)
It’s been awhile since we have given you an update on how we are managing ministry during our global battle with the coronavirus.
Currently, online worship continues at all of our regular worship times on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The last week of June we also started in-person worship at our regular worship hours at Hosanna Main and Hosanna Highland … with all of the appropriate protocol for sanitizing and social distancing.
Wednesday, July 22, Governor Walz issued a new directive that requires the wearing of a mask in public gathering places including churches … exceptions to wearing the mask are those among us who cannot wear a mask because of underlying health conditions and children ages 5 and under.
While we may not all agree with this new directive … let me offer a few items of good news …
The good news about this new directive is masks do not stop us from sharing the Gospel of our Savior Jesus.
The good news about this new directive is also the wearing of masks does not stop us from receiving the Gospel and the grace of God that forgives, strengthens and saves us.
And the good news about this new directive is this is a time for us, as God’s people at Hosanna, to show the greater community that we can work together with our governing authorities for the good of all and for the sake of the gospel.
What that means is … beginning this Saturday, July 25 masks will be required if you attend any of our in-person worship services at Hosanna Main or at Hosanna Highland. Masks will be provided if you do not have one.
It also means that the mask requirement will be in effect for Journeys on Tuesday evenings … and any other public gathering like meetings, Bible Studies, weddings and funerals until the order is lifted.
This may or may not sound like good news to us but I can comfortably say we are all really tired of this virus and the havoc and the conflict it is creating … but let me close with three more pieces of good news …
Good News #1: This too shall pass. Normal will return. As every pandemic in the past has come and gone … so will the coronavirus. I don’t mean to minimize it … only put it into perspective … this too shall pass.
Good News #2: This is our time to shine, disciples of Jesus! This is our time to care for our neighbor. This is our time to put on Jesus. This is our time to think less of ourselves and more of others. This is our time to love as God has loved us.
And Good News #3: Jesus is Lord! Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is your Lord. Jesus is the Lord of heaven and earth. And Jesus will squash this corona-bug. ‘Git ‘re done Jesus!’
50% Capacity for Groups:
- Bible Studies and groups contact your leader for plans
- Journeys has resumed meeting at Hosanna Main on Tuesdays. Contact Peggy for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live-In Person Worship (50% Capacity rule and limit of 250 with social distancing):
- Online Worship will also continue at all of our regular worship hours
- The Main worship center is set up for social distancing
- Doors 1, 6, and 7 will be open for entering and exiting
- Masks are required if you attend worship, and will be provided if you do not have one
- Nursery will not be available at this time
- Offering will be gathered as worshipers leave the worship service
- The service times will be shortened to allow for sanitizing in-between services
- Communion will be served in a manner to keep people safe
- Coffee and donuts will NOT be available (BYOC)
- Because of the 250 capacity – if you generally come to 9:30am service and we reach capacity in the main worship center, we will have overflow in Grace Point Chapel and the Fellowship Hall
- Sunday 9:30am attenders may want to consider attending Wednesday at 6:15pm, Saturday at 5:00pm, or Sunday at 8:00 or 11am.