Elim's newsletter is called "the Messenger" and is published approximately 4 times a year. Click on the links below to see what has been going on at Elim and what you might want to get involved in.
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CHRISTMAS LOVE TREE IS HAPPENING, BUT DIFFERENTLY
Elim is committed to hosting another Christmas Love Tree this year as the need is still there, maybe more than ever. In order to ease the process of purchasing and distributing gifts in this time of Covid19 organizers are changing how the Love Tree will look.
Elim members will be invited to sign up to purchase gift cards. (We will also accept cash donations to go towards the purchase of gifts cards.) The gifts cards and donations will need to be back to the church a little earlier than normal this year so we can provide the recipients their gift cards in time for them to purchase gifts with the cards and have them ready for Christmas.
SIGN UP TO PURCHASE A GIFT CARD
The gift card list will be available on an online sign up (link above).
Cash donations will also be accepted so the organizers can purchase requested gift cards. Be sure to note on your check that it is for the Christmas Love Tree.
When purchasing gift cards we would like the amounts on each card to be $25 or less (and please indicate the amount on the card when turning it in). If you’d like to spend more than $25, please purchase multiple cards. This will allow us to have flexibility in how we distribute the gift cards.
RETURN GIFT CARDS BY DECEMBER 1
Return your gift cards by dropping them in the mailbox at Elim (next to the lower entrance door).
When Will Elim Open?
With some churches in Duluth open for worship the question becomes, when will Elim open for in person worship again?
Elim's Church Council met on Tuesday, August 11 and took up the question of whether or not to begin reopening the church building. After much discussion the decision was made to keep the building and grounds closed until at least after their October 13th Council Meeting. Below are some of their reasons for this decision.
1. Duluth is presently seeing an uptick in Covid-19 cases. It seems
unwise to reopen the building to activities during an increase.
2. Duluth schools will be opening to students in a few weeks. It is still
unknown whether this will cause an increase in Covid-19 cases among
school aged children and if so, whether the schools will decide to close
again if there is an increase.
3. Elim still has not received the Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayer that
will be used to disinfect hard surfaces.
4. The health and safety of Elim members and guests are of primary
importance to the Church Council.
With this decision the Church Council wants to remind people that the grounds around the church are also closed to groups and individuals. This includes the parking lots.
If someone has a need to get into the church building or to have access to the driveway they are to contact Pastor Hagen for approval.
These are difficult times and the Church Council knows that there are members who will disagree with the direction the council is leading. Please join them in prayer for God's guidance as together we go forward into these unprecedented times.