No Sunday Services at the Community Center.

Learn more about our current plans and response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak here.

“And behold, I am with you always…” -Matthew 28:20

In the very first Chapter of Matthew, Jesus is introduced as Emmanuel (which means, God with us).  In the very last Chapter, Christ promised to be with us until the end of the age.

Even when we’re quarantined, we’re not alone.  We invite you to experience God’s presence, guidance, and provision with us during this challenging season.

Welcome To Our COVID-19 Hub!

We’ll use this page to link you to helpful information and resources. Be sure to check back from time to time as our hub is likely to evolve as more becomes known.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for ECC-mail updates

ECC-mails will continue to be a primary means of communication for the ECC family. Kelsey Crenshaw can get you signed-up.

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We’ve Been Monitoring COVID-19 For A While

Just as we were mastering surface-sanitizing and elbow-coughing, it became clear that we needed to ramp up our response if we were going to help “flatten the curve” (https://www.flattenthecurve.com).

Facts Are Our Friends

Here’s what the professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have to say about symptoms, prevention, testing, and more.

One of the world’s leading “Disease Detectives” is based right here in Minnesota.  If you haven’t heard of Michael Osterholm yet, make the time to listen to what he has to say!  Click here to watch an interview that he recently had with KARE 11.

We’re Postponing Large Group Gatherings

As a church, it takes a lot to keep us apart. We have a track-record of braving epic blizzards to worship together. However, the heartiest blizzard-braver can carry the coronavirus to the most vulnerable loved-one. Suspending large group gatherings at this time is simply the right thing to do.

Between now and March 29, we think it’s wise and responsible to also postpone all but the most essential gatherings of any size as we all do our part to slow the spread.

Remember, staying healthy also increases our capacity to care!

Join Us Sunday Mornings For Online Services

It’s going to take some time before we’re able to stream services live and legally.

As a first step in that direction, we’ve begun recording messages, worship sets, and those great blessings that Pastor Caitlyn has been praying over us!

You can find links to most recent services on our home page and you can find archived messages here.

Join us Sunday morning at 9:15 or 10:45 and just hit play!

We’re Not Satisfied With Streaming!

If we simply settle for streaming services once a week, we’re missing the point.  Jesus’ call to follow Him is an invitation that extends beyond Sunday Services.

We encourage everyone to seize this opportunity to deepen our walk with Christ, our relationships with one another, and our commitment to the communities that we’re a part of.

We invite you to join one of our Small Church Networks

“Social distancing” was happening long before COVID-19 came up on our nation’s radar.  Our Small Church networks help people connect with others in their area in substantive ways.

A lot is being written about finding “pandemic pals” who look out for one another.  Small Church networks can provide that and so much more!

Contact Pastor Jason to learn more about how a Small Church could help you and your loved ones during this season and in the years to come.

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Could You Use Some Extra Prayer Or Support?

We have a committed team who will join you in prayer and we’re taking steps to increase our capacity to respond to individual care needs that may arise in the weeks ahead.

Let Pastor Caitlyn know how we can pray, how we can help, and if you’re interested in stepping up to serve others with us.

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Concerned About Our Partners?

From the start, Emmanuel has been committed to looking out for the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable.  If you’re looking for ways to look out for others during this season, we applaud you!

Bekah Backman will continue to keep the lines of communication open and can fill you in with the latest.

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Got Kids? Got Teens?

At Emmanuel, we know and love your family!  If you aren’t already on their email lists, here are the contacts if you have littles (kim@emmanuel.church), Middle Schoolers (caitlyn@emmanuel.church), or High Schoolers (dan@emmanuel.church).

More Links To Come…

In the days ahead, look for PLAYLISTS featuring songs of hope, BETTER BINGE LISTS than the ones you’ll find on cable, resources to help those who are experiencing elevated STRESS and ANXIETY, and more.

Share Your Stories!

So many of you are doing so many innovative, God-honoring things!  If you have ideas that you think might help others, please send them to Pastor Jason (jason@emmanuel.church) or the staff contact most directly associated with your idea.

For example…. Got a great idea for how we can handle the new “childcare crisis”?  Please pass your thoughts along to Kim Gayner (kim@emmanuel.church).

We’ll Get Through This Together

We love you, we’re committed to you, and we’re here for you.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns that we haven’t addressed above, contact Kelsey Crenshaw and she’ll put you in touch with the family member whose best positioned to help.

With hope,
Pastor Chris

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