Outdoor Worship Continues Through August

Our Summer outdoor worship services will continue through the month of August.  Come join us at 10am Sundays to celebrate God’s goodness.  Bring along chairs or blankets to sit on and invite a friend to come with you.

Families with kids of all ages are welcome. We will have special activities planned for kids to engage them in the truth of Jesus’ love and grace for them.

Outdoor Worship in July & Aug

Every Sunday in July & Aug we will be praising God out in His creation at our outdoor worship services.  Kids and youth are invited to particpate in a fun and active learning taken from Jesus' parables.

So bring a chair or blanket to sit on, invite a friend, and join us Sundays, 10am at John Burch Park in beautiful downtown Cannon Falls.

COVID-19 Response Update

Hello True North-
 I am writing to share some information about our COVID-19 mitigation plan for us all to consider. As a reminder, the full plan is published on our website at https://www.truenorthcf.org/covid-19-mitigation-plan/

The biblical basis for our response to the pandemic is Philippians 2:3-4 : “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
We want to be a people who recognize that even if we are not personally at risk for serious illness, there are people we interact with who are. Our willingness to notice them and adjust our actions on their behalf affects our fellowship with one another and our ability to be effective witnesses for Christ in our community.  

We are committed to being a church that goes out to build relationships with people and show them how faith in Jesus can change a person’s life.  One of the biggest questions on my mind these days is how we continue to interact with new people during this pandemic in a way that does not feel threatening to them.

I am confident that the people of True North are compassionate toward others, and I want to let you know of some specific considerations during our worship gatherings that will help us all to live out that calling to value others above ourselves.

There are members of our church family who either work with people who are at a high risk of severe complications from COVID-19 or have family members who are at high risk.  Because of this, they need to be very careful about not becoming infected and potentially exposing those people.  It is possible that some work places could be shut down entirely if one of our church members becomes infected.

I know that there are a many questions being raised about the true severity of COVID-19, but because there is still so much unknown and our culture is proceeding to re-open public gatherings with caution, these consequences will take place regardless of how any of us feels about the pandemic.

It is important, therefore, that we all take seriously the guidelines for hand-washing, physical distancing between family groups, use of face masks, and other steps for minimizing the spreading of diseases. When it comes to gathering together for worship, we have increased the spacing between chairs and are asking family groups to sit in separate areas as much as possible. We are also asking everyone to keep a 6ft distance between one another and have a face mask available to wear if you can’t keep that distance and those near you are concerned about possible infection.  One of the easiest things you can do is simply ask the person near you if they would prefer you to wear a mask while you talk to them.

There is one specific part of our worship gathering that we need to draw attention to in following these guidelines.  At the end of worship, we often have groups of people who stay to talk and pray with one another.  This is a valuable part of building our fellowship with one another.  We do also need to be aware, however, that there are other people near us who are leaving the building and may need to walk through areas where groups of people typically congregate. This can cause some difficulties for maintaining a comfortable level of distancing from others.

With that in mind, I want to ask us all to consider those people around us and make some changes to the ways we take that time for fellowship after Sunday worship.  Here are some options to consider:

  1. One easy option is to simply move your conversation outside and away from the doorway.  The weather is wonderful lately, and there is plenty of space outdoors
  2. Move away from high-traffic areas of the church and take notice of how close you are to others.  There is plenty of room for us to spread out throughout the church building and allow room for others to move past us more easily
  3. Wear a face mask if you will be engaging with others after church; especially if you are going to be standing close to one another. Remember to ask the people your are talking to if they would prefer you to have a face covering for their protection.

This is not intended to be a complete list of choices you have. There may be other ways I have not considered that you can still enjoy a time of connecting with others in the church as well as take notice of those around you so that we can all have a better comfort level with the efforts we make to prevent unintentionally infecting others around us.

True North Worship Re-Gathering

This Sunday, June 7th, 2020 we will hold our worship gathering outdoors at the church building. This will be our first time for in-person worship since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are making some changes to help limit the possibility of a disease outbreak within our church.

Whenever possible, we will meet outdoors throughout the Summer. We ask that families bring chairs to sit on and arrange seating with a minimum of 6-ft spacing between family groups. If you do not have chairs to bring, let us know and we will provide some. Park vehicles on the west side of the parking lot (away from the church building) or along Dakota St.

We will also broadcast the worship service through our regular Zoom meeting for those who cannot meet at the church. We encourage those who are with us to consider joining the Zoom meeting as well to maintain personal connections with those connected online. You can connect through Zoom at https://bit.ly/TNWorship or with meeting ID: 157 725 927 and password: Tru3N0cf

We are not able to provide nursery or children’s ministry activities at this time, but kids are always welcome and loved as part of the True North family!

The CDC recommends cloth face masks be worn over your face and nose when it is hard to stay 6 ft away from others. Please bring a face mask with you and be willing to wear it if you cannot maintain that spacing or you find it would be beneficial for the peace of mind for those near you. Let’s be mindful about valuing others above ourselves and looking to their interests as well as our own (Philippians 2:3-4)

We look forward to seeing many of you in-person as we continue to praise God each week for His goodness and His plans for us!

True North Online Worship Gathering!

In addition to our weekly in-person worship gathering at our church building, you now have the option to join us online.

Join us Sundays at 10 am for our online worship gathering. You can meet with us from wherever you are!
Follow these steps to join us:
1) Install the Zoom Cloud Meetings app on your mobile device or computer(microphone and/or webcam needed to interact).
2) Open the app, create an account and make sure you are logged into the app. This step is necessary to help ensure security of our meetings.
*It is best to finish these first two steps before Sunday morning to avoid connection delays.*
3) On Sunday morning, open this link to join: https://bit.ly/TNWorship or enter Meeting ID: 157-725-927 and password: Tru3N0cf

You can arrive as early as 9:30 am.
Contact us if you have any questions!

Request for Additional Face Masks

Robin Flint of Cannon Falls has been making face masks for people, but is unable to keep up with the number of requests she has received. If you would be willing to help make masks at home, you can contact Robin to work with her to fulfill those requests.

Robin has provided us with instructions for the masks she is making. You can download them here.

You can contact Robin through Facebook Messenger using the link above, or contact us at truenorthcf@gmail.com for her email or phone number.

Request for Face Masks for Seniors

Cannon Rivers Senior Living in Cannon Falls has put out a request for face masks for residents to wear when they leave their rooms. Masks should be 4 ply with cotton on the outside and flannel on the inside. Soft string can be used if elastic is not available, and strings should be 18 inches long.

Suggested instructions can be found here. Other similar patterns may also be acceptable.

Additional links for making face masks at home:

Deliveries can be taken to the facility during normal business hours (8am-4:30pm). Mark them C/O Becky Ruddy and set them on the table in the alcove just inside the first door.

If you have any questions contact Becky Ruddy at Rruddy1@fairview.org or (507) 263-6069.

Here are some sample photos of the masks they are currently making:

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