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Updated COVID Guidelines

As of May 28, 2021 Bishop David Bard and the leadership team of the Minnesota Annual conference of the United Methodist Church are moving the Dial of the Phased Re-opening plan to BLUE.

With this plan, the capacity limit for worship has been lifted, so that means you NO LONGER NEED TO REGISTER for worship.

Our CORE leadership team has adopted these guidelines with some adaptations for our area at this time. This will be regularly reassessed at each meeting.

LUMC guidelines for gathering and worship:

• No worship attendance registration or capacity limits.

• We will require masks indoors at all times out of care for those who are still vulnerable (unvaccinated adults and children).

• WE CAN SING! Singing will be allowed but we ask that people continue to be masked and practice social distancing. When we worship outdoors, no masks will be required.

• Gatherings with food and drink will be slowly reintroduced to our community.

We will continue to monitor statistics in our area and will make adaptations as needed. We thank you for being patient and showing care for one another and those we do not know.




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Mission Focus

The Local Emergency Fund is a ministry of the LUMC Mission Committee. The main goal is to help people overcome a financial crisis -  food, rent, electricity, heat, water, transportation, clothing or medical costs. In 2018 we assisted 9 families (10 adults, 14 children). Our 2018 budget was $2000.00. We used over $7000.00 to meet the needs of these families. We were also able to partner with Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, area churches, area food shelves, WIC,  landlords, energy companies, city water, Women’s Resources, and Social Services to meet these needs.

 

The procedure to receive assistance begins when an individual contacts the church secretary or the pastor. The need is identified and the individual is interviewed to determine the extent of need, family members impacted, and permission to contact the source of the need (such as landlord or business). Two mission committee members confer and decide on what assistance will be provided or not. All information is kept confidential.

 

A small group was formed in October, 2018 with some families who have received emergency funds. This group decided to call themselves “God’s Investment Group” because we are investing our time, talents, and treasures to encourage, teach, and support each other. We meet every week in a home for prayer, Bible study, and financial advice. Other challenges are addressed as needed such as: addiction, depression and anxiety, relationships, parenting.

 

Donations may be made with checks to LUMC – Emergency Fund and placed in the offering, in the Joash Chest in the Narthex during April,  or taken to the office. If you have any questions please contact the mission committee members – Lavon Court (courtlmj@gmail.com), Sandy Hinders, Carole Plenge or Linda Thrune (thrune@acegroup.cc).


Disability statements/policies

La Crescent United Methodist Church believes all people, including those with disabilities, are created in God’s image and have sacred worth. We believe that it is vital to the body of Christ to celebrate the spiritual gifts of people with disabilities and incorporate them into the life of the church. Through advocacy, education, and empowerment, we strive to fully include people with disabilities in worship, missions, leadership and ministry. We invite individuals and local congregations to join us in this vital ministry. Our goal is not just accommodation, or even inclusion, but full participation of all people with their various gifts. In this respect, the Gospel calls us to do better. We can learn to plan ahead to meet access and participation needs. Then we can communicate the access available and reach out to the many who may have been unable to attend in the past. Finally, we can joyfully come alongside each other as allies who ask what is needed for full participation and advocate for equal access. Then the kin-dom of God will have come a little closer to all of us as we welcome differences!  La Crescent United Methodist Church is seeking to improve our access and participation to meet the needs of all. We do this by:  An annual accessibility audit with members of differing abilities  A flat and welcoming parking lot with accessible parking and flat and shoveled sidewalks  A door with working electronic-assist doors  Bathrooms with accessibility aids that are fully ADA compliant  Sanctuary hearing looping  Cut outs in the sanctuary for wheelchairs  Large print bulletins, large font powerpoint slides, sermons/service available on-line, recorded, and by telephone; large print song lyrics and scripture available on request  Classes and programming adapted as needed to facilitate participation of children and adults with unique needs  Peanut free church and gluten-free communion service available We know we have steps to take to continue to see our church through the eyes of people with a variety of needs and to make it welcoming to all. The Trustees are committed to working on this, so with any suggestions or issues, please contact Cheri Olson, Trustee Chair, olson.cheri57@gmail.com