SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
The church council recently met, and with the recommendation of health care workers, we are asking for the people to mask up when in the church building.
The recommendation & decision are grounded in our commitment to being a community that follows in the way of Jesus who taught us that to love God is to love our neighbors.
The CDC recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask when gathering in an indoor public space in an area with Substantial or High Level of Community Transmission, which includes Benton County.
When everyone is wearing a mask we are helping protect (loving) those unable to be vaccinated and those who are immuno-compromised for whom a COVID infection would be life-threatening.
COVID-19 vaccine: It’s our turn to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated!
It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t know COVID-19 existed. Now when people say “virus,” we know what they mean. The impact of COVID-19 on our lives, our activities, and our freedom has affected us all. The responsibility is ours, as a community, to help stop this virus. Now we have a new, safe, and effective tool to help us do that—COVID-19 vaccines.
It takes everyone.
We all need to step up to beat COVID-19. We ask you to join us in protecting yourself, your family and friends, and our community by getting vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated adds an important layer of protection for you, your family, and loved ones. Here are some things you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective at preventing the disease.
The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available—wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.
We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and shaking hands with our neighbors.
We all play a part in this effort, and you are key. Please sign up to get your COVID-19 vaccination.
The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
The tool connects Minnesotans to a vaccine opportunity near them — no matter where they live or their personal circumstances.
Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe, and secure — and all Minnesotans should sign up, no matter their current eligibility status.
When Minnesotans become eligible, the Vaccine Connector will:
- alert them of their eligibility
- connect them to resources to schedule an appointment; and
- notify them if there are vaccination opportunities in their area.
Sign up at:
Translation is available . If you are unable to sign up online, you can sign up over the phone. Translation is available by phone in all languages. Call: 833-431-2053.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit CDC’s FAQs web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.
Carolyn Neubauer, Parish Nurse
November 15, 2020
Dear members and friends of Living Waters,
With infection numbers rising and this “wildfire” of Covid currently growing in our area, we are making the call to temporarily no longer offer in-person worship STARTING THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22. We will continue to be offering weekly online worship as we have throughout this pandemic, with Sunday services available by 8:30am each week.
We are moving forward with our take-out lutefisk and meatball dinner on the 21st, taking all safety precautions in limiting the numbers of volunteers and utilizing as much space as possible for preparation. Our food shelf will also continue to offer regular times of operation. Other than these 2 exceptions, we encourage all other church related meetings and gatherings to meet via zoom only.
Of course there’s no way of knowing how long this renewed shutdown will last… hopefully not too many weeks. But we know from the recent past that our closed facility does nothing to our desire and ability to reach, teach and care for one another and our neighbors. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for your support in working together as we find new and creative ways to be light and salt for our world.
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. We hope you and your family are staying safe and well, but PLEASE let us know if you have need for prayers, assistance and/or support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email us.
Thank you again for your partnership. God gives us strength in knowing we’re in this together.
Pastors Todd and Denise
August 25, 2020
August 22, 2020 –
An email will be sent out to members of LWLC this week. If do not receive an email, please contact the church at email@example.com.
August 14, 2020 –
Looking ahead to worshipping together indoors. The first indoor service will be September 20. Stay tuned for more information!
June 8, 2020 –
Just an update that t we have put a COMING IN task force together and we will be meeting for the first time Monday, June 8 at 7:30pm.
Task force members are:
Emily Zempel (ex officio)
May 1, 2020 – As per Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home order, the church building will continue to be closed. The phones are being answered remotely so you can still contact the staff. As of today we don’t know when we can meet again as a church family.
Worship services continue through online worship via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or the web site..
MARCH 26, 2020 – As per Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home order, the church building will continue to be closed. The phones are being answered remotely so you can still contact the staff.
Remember WE the people are the church not the building.
The staff will continue to periodically meet to record and upload the worship services.
Also, the food shelf is open for limited hours. The hours are Tuesdays, noon – 1:00 pm and Fridays, 10:00 am – noon. Bags of pre-packaged goods will be handed out through the door to those who come to the food shelf and will not be allowed into the building.
MARCH 14, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Waters will be suspending all worship gatherings through Wednesday, March 25th. Please keep posted for further notifications and online worship opportunities.
Dear members and friends of Living Waters,
After a good amount of conversation and discernment, we have decided to suspend all worship gatherings at Living Waters through Wednesday, March 25th. At that time we will re-evaluate the situation and make changes as needed.
Please know that this decision is made as our response to the latest recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. It is our hope that this temporary suspension will limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, protecting the most vulnerable among us and ultimately aiding what is sure to be a stressed health care system.
Here are some important things for you to know:
· We will be working on creating an online modified version of our worship. Please check our website and/or facebook page for worship links.
· Our office will remain open 9-12 Tuesday-Friday. If you are in need of assistance or pastoral care, please call the office at 320 255 1135 or, after hours, 320 288 6653.
· Your continued generosity toward our operating budget will be more important than ever during this time. The truth is, we have no idea just how long we may be in this state of suspension. And yet, your staff will continue their work, the mortgage and ongoing expenses will remain a monthly reality. Please continue your important financial support. This may be a great opportunity to consider automated online giving through your bank.
· This is a great time for us to be the Body of Christ to our neighbor. Please check on those who are most vulnerable. Please also keep in mind that our food shelf remains open during office hours. Donations of food and supplies are most appreciated.
· Finally and most importantly, PRAY! This is not a time to panic. Together we will keep our focus, not on a virus, but on our amazing, gracious Lord who holds us and strengthens us and leads us through dark valleys and an unknown tomorrow.
To use some words, VERY familiar to the Living Waters family:
As you go on our way may Christ go with you
May he go before you to show you the way
May he go behind you to encourage you
Beside you to befriend you
Above you to watch over
Within you to give you peace.
Pastor Todd Mattson
Pastor Denise Hanson
Carolyn Neubauer, Parish Nurse
Emily Zemple, Congregational President