Reengagement Task Force

Latest updates about the efforts and steps that our reengagement task force team is taking regarding COVID-19


Important reminders:

  • Mask wearing continues to be required in the sanctuary and building at Bethel. While we know there are many places (concert venues, restaurants, etc.) that do not require masking, with “highly transmissible” rates of COVID-19 in Olmsted County and the fact that young children (5 and under) are still not able to be vaccinated, we want to make sure to help mitigate any potential sharing of the virus.  Mask wearing is proven to reduce transmission and will help our worship services continue to be a welcoming space for all ages and keep people well.
  • Sanctuary spacing has been adjusted to every other row on the north and south end of the sanctuary. Previously pews had been roped apart by 2 pews.  We encourage members to be mindful of social distancing when in large gatherings inside the sanctuary or in the gathering area after worship.  The pew roping helps give space to those who want to ensure that their seats have marked space between seated worshippers.

Your Reengagement Task Force continue to meet weekly to discern next steps as a congregation while navigating the continued reality of living in a pandemic.  We are grateful for your compliance to many temporary adjustments we are making until transmission rates decline.  It is important to consider vaccinations for yourself and loved ones as this will significantly help bring transmissions rate lower.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any one of the Task Force Members.

The Bethel Reengagement Task Force

Doug Boese, Kathy Ferguson, Susan Garcia, Greg Heetland, Sheri Kallembach, Pastor Jason Burggraff, Pastor Anjanette Bandel.