July 1: Update #6

Though the State of MN is allowing businesses and faith communities to re-open, this is not a mandate. It’s important for each community to determine what is best for its mission and its members. Since Lord of Life has continued its mission and ministry throughout the pandemic with no known outbreak or transmission of COVID-19, it is logical to continue the practices put in place over the past few months. The virus has not been contained in MN, but for the sake of the economy and connections, businesses are encouraged to re-open. Lord of Life offers recorded services and devotions, as well as drive-in worship to allow community-based worship, seeing friends and community members, while still maintaining strong practices to protect our members and staff. Because of this, we believe large changes are not needed, and continuing our existing practices will keep our community safest. Click here for the full report detailing all of Lord of Life's practices and protocols during this pandemic.


We will re-evaluate the week of July 27 in order to make plans for August and the fall. This is the same week the school districts will report their plan for the fall. Though our preference is to keep the building closed throughout July, individual requests to use the building may be made and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The criteria for approval to be used will be (1) does this request further the mission of Lord of Life Church? (2) Is use of the building required for this event to take place? (3) Will social distancing and safe practices be possible for this event?


Questions? Please contact Michelle Anderson at MichelleA@lol.org or at 763-427-1100 x128.

March 17: Update #5

May God’s grace and peace be with you in these constantly changing times and updates. 


First, thank you for your prayers, your outward focus, your love of sharing with your neighbor and all in need, and your love of Jesus and his church here and throughout the world. We are named and claimed by the One who is the true Lord of Life and this is our time to witness to God’s presence and hope for today and tomorrow. Lent is the journey to the cross of Jesus and this Lent, this COVID-19 season, let us be moved by the dedication of Jesus coming to lift up our cross with us, dispel fear, and bring us through to new life and new appreciation of each other. God does not desire this virus for the world and God does not desire the suffering many are already experiencing with this virus, but we can count on God bringing forth transformation and new life out of frenzy, fear, and loss.


Second, we are changing LOL’s worship schedule again in order to be in compliance with the latest CDC recommendations of no gatherings over ten people for the next eight weeks. Therefore, our campus will be closed for worship and all church activities through May 10. We are, however, gathering what is needed to offer a live streaming worship opportunity on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. Please see below for information on how to access this opportunity this coming Sunday from your homes. We will have a test run of the system this Wednesday evening which will also be the conclusion of our Wednesday night worship services. In addition to Sunday mornings, we will also plan for a streamed Good Friday service on Friday, April 10, at 7:00 pm that will incorporate the Holy Week story of the betrayal of Jesus through his crucifixion for the life of the world. Thank you for your support of these changes and our worship and tech teams.


Third, our staff and council are devoted to new ways of connecting, growing, and serving in this season. We are researching opportunities and even though the campus is closed, we will be working in the office and at home welcoming new and creative ways of moving and living with God’s mission as our heartbeat. This all means that we need you and need your ideas and partnership. We would love to hear your ideas; creativity in this season carries the promise of the wind of the Spirit blowing in and through us, offering hope, new life, and the One who is all the more today our sure foundation when so much is shaking around us.

God is with us. YOU are with God. Do not fear! You bear the name of the One who is the true Lord of Life.


-Pastor David Lechelt


HOW TO LIVE STREAM WORSHIP THROUGH FACEBOOK:

-From your News Feed, click Watch on the left.

-Click Live below Watch on the left.

-Search for Lord of Life Church - Ramsey, MN

*Once we are live (SUNDAYS @ 9:30 AM), you should also see a Lord of Life icon under "Stories" at the top of your News Feed, where you may simply click to tune in.


ONLINE GIVING:

We understand that these are trying times for all. Even though we are currently unable to physically meet for Worship, we encourage you to continue to give as you are able. Here are a few ways to do that:


GIVE ONLINE- Visit our website for details.


TEXT A GIFT- Text the dollar amount to 855-898-5971. In a few short moments, you will receive a link to vancopayments.com. Complete the form and hit submit. You will then receive a text thanking you for your donation to Lord of Life Church and will then have the ability to set up recurring donations, if you choose.


USE OUR ONLINE GIVING APP- Download the FREE "GivePlus Church" app on your Apple or Android phone. You can make a one-time or recurring donations using your debit/credit card or checking/savings account. Donate as a guest or create a log in account and securely and conveniently manage donations using Touch ID/Fingerprint, PIN or password.

March 15: Update #4

To Lord of Life members and guests:

Based on Governor Walz's announcement this morning closing schools, the decision has been made to cancel all non-worship activities at Lord of Life from March 16-29. As of now, worship will continue.

Here is the schedule for worship this next two weeks:

--WEDNESDAYS, March 18 and 25 at 7:00 pm
--SUNDAYS, March 22 and 29 at 9:30 am (one service only, note the time)

Both services will offer a live-streaming option for any who cannot attend. More details to come.

Other than that, absolutely ALL other activities at Lord of Life will be cancelled through March 29 and our building will be closed. Office activities will be going on, but our office is technically closed. Need assistance or have a question? Feel free to call or email, and we still have our after-hours emergency number.

This is a hard time for so many. Might we suggest using this unexpected time at home for additional prayer time for each other, our leadership, our local community and global community? To tend to important things and relationships we may have let slide? To reach out to those in need? And very importantly, to take time to take care of our hearts and our souls and our physical bodies. These are our hopes and prayers for each of you.

Whether you join us on Wednesdays or Sundays or choose to stay home, God’s blessings to all of you and prayers for your safety and health, and the health of our communities, near and far.


March 14: Update #3

Given the shear number of COVID-19 communications out there, let's keep this focused:


--There WILL be worship services on March 15 at 9:00 and 10:30 am

--Coffee and donuts will NOT be served on Sunday (nor any food during this outbreak)

--The atrium and kitchen will be closed on Sunday


Planning for Sunday's services:


--Physical distancing of 6' between non-family members will be employed during services, so please sit accordingly

--Bring your coffee with you in a covered travel mug

--You are welcome to stand and chat afterwards, keeping appropriate distances

--Practice scrupulous physical hygiene, utilizing readily available hand sanitizers and soap and water in the rest rooms while minimizing touching community surfaces


We realize some may choose to stay home, so we are working on live streaming options for the very near future. Until this is available (hopefully next week), know our services are loaded to our website and play on cable TV later in the week.


Please make the choice that is best for you. We are making every decision with heart and thought of our neighbors and our community and are practicing meticulous sanitizing and cleaning procedures. Given that our 'per service' attendance is under 250, we feel it is acceptable to run services given the precautions taken AND that all will make the best choice for themselves on whether to worship together or stay home.

Whether you join us on Sunday or choose to stay home, God’s blessings to all of you and prayers for your safety and health, and the health of our communities, near and far.


We will continue to communicate information as it becomes available. Thank you for being a part of the Lord of Life community!

March 13: Update #2

We continue to listen to and learn from COVID-19 experts and policy makers and evaluate what that means for what goes on in our building. We also are aware of the needs of our community. Taking all of this into consideration, we are STILL planning on having worship services this Sunday. We are also working on live streaming options for the near future for those who choose to stay home. Until live streaming is available (hopefully this next week!), know our services are loaded to our website and play on cable TV later in the week.

 

We will practice physical distancing during services on Sunday as well as other precautionary practices as we come together to worship our God.

 

Also, please remember in a time where there is a lot of fear and anxiety, God is ultimately in control of all things.

 

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." -Psalm 56:3

 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

 

"But now, this is what the Lord says—

he who created you, Jacob,

he who formed you, Israel:

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine."

-Isaiah 43:1

 

God’s blessings to all of you and prayers for safety and health.