Covid 19 Worship guidelines
We would like to announce the “soft” reopening of Prince of Peace on Sunday, May 17th. We’re referring to it in this way because this doesn’t mean that our church life will be back to normal. You will initially see many changes that are being taken as a precaution in the face of Covid-19.
First of all, if your health is compromised in any way, we encourage you to stay home and participate with us remotely. We will continue to stream our services for online viewing. If you are yet nervous about gathering together, please stay home. And if you have any symptoms of illness, please remain home.
As you approach the door of the church, you will notice that it’s already open for you, assuming the weather is nice. Otherwise, someone will be present to open the door for you. And, upon entering the church, you will notice a hand sanitizing station that you are strongly encouraged to use.
We recommend that masks be worn while you are in the church. If you have one, please bring it. Otherwise, we plan to have some available at the church for your use.
We also recommend that you refrain from all physical contact with others. This means no handshakes and no hugging.
If you have young children, you will notice that the quiet bags have been removed. Please bring items from home for use by your children. And, please, no sharing with children from other families.
In the sanctuary, you will notice that the rows of chairs are spread much further apart. Feel free to sit with your family members, with whom you share a home. Otherwise, please make sure that your family group is at least six feet apart from the next.
There will be no bulletins for the near future. The hymnals and Bibles will also be removed for the time being. Please follow along with the service on the screens, and bring your own Bible. The offering plates will not be passed during the service. There will be a basket designated, in the sanctuary, where you can drop off your gifts.
The library/office area of the church, along with the nursery, will be closed. The only people who should make use of that area are staff, or nursing mothers who need to make use of the nursing room.
There will be no fellowship or Sunday School for the time being. And while we hoped to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on our first Sunday back, we will wait a couple of weeks for that.
We don’t want the church to seem impersonal, but feel that these precautions are necessary at the present time. We hope that they can be lifted in the near future. But please understand that your safety is our primary concern. And if the infection rates begin to climb, there is always the chance that we may have to close again.
We look forward to seeing you!
Prince of Peace began in the spring of 1993, when a small group of committed Christians met to consider forming a Lutheran church that believes the Bible is the inerrant word of God. With the help of the Home Missions Department of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC), Prince of Peace was formed. The charter membership in 1994 totaled 30 faithful members. Pastor John Mundfrom was installed as the first full time pastor on August 27th, 1995. Attendance at that time averaged 30-50.
By 1999, membership had dwindled with some people leaving the area and in the summer of 2000 Pastor Mundfrom accepted a call to a church in Oregon. With fewer and fewer members and no full time pastor, there were discussions over the next several years as to if Prince of Peace could continue. During this time there were several laymen who would bring the messages on Sundays. Three of these men, Rich Ramsbacher, Shane McLoughlin, and Dean Iverson went on to become students at the AFLC seminary in Minneapolis. All three are now serving as pastors in AFLC churches. It is a blessing to see how God used Prince of Peace during it’s time of struggle to spark a call to the ministry for these three men.
By 2003, God was working in the hearts of many more people in the area to become part of a congregation that would stand firm on His word as revealed in the Holy Bible. Attendance at worship when from 12 the first Sunday in November, to over 150 by the end of November, 2003. Pastor Kris Nyman accepted a call to become the 2nd full time pastor that same month. Pastor Kris served our congregation faithfully through November of 2014 and has moved on to shepherd a home missions congregation in Maryland.
In March, 2004 we purchased the former “Man Camp Mess Hall” (Jerry’s furniture building) to serve as a “home” for the growing congregation that the Lord had blessed us with. God has allowed us to transform the facility into a very comfortable place to worship, learn, and fellowship. We have eleven rooms to meet in for Bible classes, a fellowship hall to seat over 200, and a sanctuary that can seat more than 400. The youth have a dedicated meeting and activity area with their own kitchen. A large modern kitchen off of the fellowship hall was completed in 2006. It is well equipped to serve large gatherings. Renovations to our Sanctuary have been completed. Please join us for worship!
Jordan Langness began serving as youth director in July of 2008. We were very blessed to have Jordan and his wife Sarah interacting with our youth and helping the church in many ways. We wish them well on their new path in Michigan.
Darcee Wenning, serving as office secretary, continues to be a blessing to our congregation that has now grown to more than 490.
Pastor Kent Sperry accepted the Lord’s call to be our Pastor in April of 2015 and we are excited to have him, his wife Cheri and their children as part of our church family.
Seth Larson is our new Youth Director. We are looking forward to what the Lord has planned for Seth and for our youth! Seth brings his wife, Rebecah, to this ministry as well.
Kevin Hall is currently serving as an Intern Pastor at Prince of Peace for one year. Kevin brings his wife Amy and three children to the area. It is a blessing to have him serve our congregation.
Our prayer is that we continue to remain true to our mission statement adopted in 2009:
Reaching an ever-changing world with God’s never-changing Word