How we are adapting during the pandemic

We are committed to make all “in-person” activities at St Mark as safe as possible.  A number of adaptations have been made to our “life together” as a community. We will continue to monitor local conditions and adapt our practices in order to keep all persons as safe as possible during

Our Covid 19 Precautions

Theses expectations are revised as we are able to do so safely..

The Congregation Council and Staff of St Mark want to thank everyone for your patience, diligence, and flexibility as we have traveled through the pandemic together. Since March of 2020 we have followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with medical professionals and community leaders. We have kept “loving our neighbors” at the center of our decision-making process. During this time we have continued to offer weekly worship services; education classes for young children and youth; provided space for Lutheran Services in Iowa and other groups to meet; and increased our efforts to alleviate food insecurity and our impact in the Storm Lake community.  

 

The Congregation Council met this past week and felt that we could relax some of the precautions we have in place. Following the CDC’s announcement pertaining to their guidance we are responding in a manner that we believe is timely, helpful, and safe. We will respond appropriately as future announcements are made. Because we are a multi-generational gathering of persons, many among us will be vaccinated and some will not be yet. We have not found a non-awkward way to address our safety measures, so we ask that our words and actions reflect love for one another, and concern for the most vulnerable among us.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

(revised May 14, 2021)

  • Masks are optional if you are fully vaccinated. 
  • Masks are encouraged for all persons who are not vaccinated or are at high-risk
  • Out of love, and in solidarity with those most vulnerable among us, some persons will choose to continue wearing a mask until the risk for the youngest and most at risk has been more greatly reduced. 
  • Worship services will be modified to lower the risk of exposure to the virus.
  • Worship services will be held outside at Sunset Park on June 13 and 27, July 11 and 15, and August 9.
  • Baptisms may take place in worship, or with only family and sponsors present. 
  • At this time funerals and memorial services may take place in the Sanctuary with limited “in-person” participants. 
  • Offering plates will not be passed during worship.  Offering boxes will be available, in addition to electronic giving, drop off, and mailing of financial gifts. 
  • Individual communion kits will be available for use at home.
  • Pre-packaged food may be served.
  • All persons are asked to offer prayers for the well-being of others. 
  • All printed materials are to be recycled or taken home.

Financially supporting St Mark during the pandemic

  • By placing your offering into the offering boxes located at the Welcome Center and in the office.
  • By going online at http://stmarkstormlake.com/give
  • By mailing your gift to the church office – 1614 West 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588
  • By texting 833-643-0608
  • By using the free GIVE+ Mobile App by going to https://giveplushelp.vancopayments.com  It is also available at the Apple App Store, and for Android phones