Church & COVID-19

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

Our Commitment to You

We will continue to keep you updated on our latest changes.

Updated September 10, 2020

We continue to follow our vision statement and prioritize our care for one another and the wider-community. To do that as the pandemic continues, the church Council has voted to continue outdoor worship whenever possible in October and has moved worship to 11 AM in hopes that the temperature will be a little warmer at 11 AM in October.  We will have indoor worship on October 4 at 11 AM.  The remaining Sundays of October will be outside on the church lawn if the tempearture is above 50 degrees at 11am.  If the temperature is below 50 degrees at 11 AM in October, worship will be moved inside.  A reminder that as of the Council meeting on August 13, masks are required at all gatherings inside the church building.

Updated June 10, 2020

We believe God is Love, which means that we understand relationship and community to be an essential part of the way we experience God. We also believe that we were made in the image of God, meaning that we were created to live as communal beings in the image of Love. Since mid-March we have been creating community online and want to give you a huge thank you for joining us in that endeavor! Worshiping and connecting online will continue to be an important part of our church going forward. However, we know that in-person connections are also important to not only our faith, but also our health and well-being. After reviewing the recommendations of CDC & ND Department of Health and consulting with infection control specialists, our church Council unanimously voted to resume in-person gatherings. Starting Sunday, June 21 at 10 AM, weekly in-person gatherings will resume at Bismarck UCC with new guidelines.

Most of the guidelines, such as roped off pews, no-contact passing of the peace, increased sanitation, and other safety measures will be already implemented by our staff and volunteers before your arrival. What you need to remember is our worship schedule:

 

  • Online & in-person worship will be on Sunday at 10 AM.

  • In-person worship will be held INSIDE with no singing on the first Sunday of the month.

  • In person worship will be held OUTSIDE with singing on the remaining Sundays of the month.

    • Please bring your own chair, mask, water, and sun protection.

    • In the instance of bad weather, worship will be moved inside.

  • Online worship will be livestreamed on YouTube.

  • Sunday Fellowship will be held outside in the church parking lot

    • In the instance of bad weather, fellowship will be cancelled.

AND your part in protecting each other:

  1. Stay home if you are sick, have a sick family member, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

  2. Monitor your physical distancing and keep 6-feet apart from others outside your household.

  3. Wear a mask.

  4. Go before you come… the church bathrooms will be available, but we still encourage you to take care of business before you arrive.

Here's a poster to help you remember your part!

Small groups are also permitted to resume meeting at the church with new guidelines. Please contact the church office at 701-223-2915 for details.

Updated May 27, 2020

We're gathering in-person on June 7 at 2 PM! Here are the details you need to know:

  • Sunday's 10 AM worship service will continue online only.

  • Our 2 PM in-person fellowship & communion service will be outside in the church parking lot.

  • Please plan to arrive no earlier than 1:45 pm and no later than 2:10 PM. The in-person gathering begins at 2 PM.

  • Ground rules: It is in our vision statement that ALL are welcome to freely explore spirituality in a safe and nurturing environment. This means watching out for each other and protecting one another from harm.  All in-person gatherings involve a level of risk and we need your help to make our first in-person gathering a safer place.

  1. Stay home if you are sick, have a sick family member, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

  2. Monitor your physical distancing and keep 6-feet apart from others outside your household.

  3. Go before you come… the church bathrooms will be available, but we still encourage you to take care of business before you arrive.

  •  What to bring?

    • Your own chair

    • Your own drink – water, coffee, tea, etc.

    • Your own mask – we will not be requiring people to wear masks at this outdoor event, but we do encourage mask wearing anytime you might be within 6-feet of others.

    • Donations for Jack’s Food Pantry – shampoo, deodorant, and laundry detergent are needed by local families.

    • Your offering – for those who prefer to drop it off in-person rather than mailing it in or giving online.

 

When you arrive, please park on the street and an usher will direct you to a sidewalk chalk “pod” which will be yours to decorate with the provided chalk during the time of fellowship/worship. Communion will be served at each family’s sidewalk chalk “pod” in individually wrapped servings. In the instance of bad weather, check the church website before you come for updates.

Updated May 2, 2020

Bismarck UCC's Council continues to closely monitor the recommendations from CDC and the ND Department of Health. At this time, we plan to resume in-person worship on June 7.  As part of our precautionary planning, we will be requesting attendees (who are able) to wear masks to worship and encourage our members to acquire masks over the next month.  Throughout the month of May, and after we return to in-person services, worship will continue to be available online at www.uccbismarck.org/worship and on Facebook.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to being a beacon of God's love!

Updated April 20, 2020

Suspension of in-person activities extended through at least May 31, 2020.

The church office remains open, online worship continues, and additional activities and gatherings are being made available online.

Updated March 31, 2020

OPEN:

  • Online worship services HERE and on Facebook.

  • Church office is open M-F from 9am - 1pm (Phone calls are encouraged over drop-ins)

  • Jack's Food Pantry has transferred food to Adopt-A-Block.

  • Check out the church calendar for updates on other events

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED: (through April 30, 2020)

  • Sunday & Wednesday in-person worship services

  • All in-person activities, classes, and events

  • Worship at Primrose Retirement Community

Stay tuned for ways to be involved in online fellowship groups, classes, and game nights.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the Bismarck Public Library COVID-19 page.

March 17, 2020

All in-person activities suspended through the end of March.
Worship with us ONLINE at uccbismarck.org/worship

We continue to be committed to being a place "where all are welcome to freely explore spirituality in a safe and nurturing environment" and today that means joining other churches in Bismarck and around the global in suspending all in-person groups, worship services, classes, and meetings.  Our church council has not made this decision lightly and will reevaluate the situation at the end of March.

What you need to know:

  • Both Wednesday and Sunday Worship services will be held ONLINE. Our first online service is "Minimalist Lent" on March 18 at 6pm.  Visit www.uccbismarck.org/worship for instructions on how to join.

  • The church office is still open M-F from 9am-1pm.  Please call instead of dropping in.

  • Jack's Food Pantry is still serving hungry families with updated safety measures. Please call ahead to schedule food donations.

  • Donations can still be mailed to the church office or made online through your bank or our website.

God's blessing be upon you,
Pastor Gretchen, UCC Council, & Staff

March 12, 2020

​As it says in Bismarck UCC's Vision Statement, we are committed to being a place "where all are welcome to freely explore spirituality in a safe and nurturing environment."  This includes making the physical health of our parishioners and visitors a top priority.  Utilizing resources from CDC and ND Department of Health (NDDoH), we are implementing changes in our gathering practices to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 through church activities.  These changes include: increasing the frequency of surface sanitation, encouraging social distancing, modifying worship and communion practices, and utilizing more technology for pastoral care.  You will notice these changes on Sunday in worship and throughout the week.

You can participate in living out our joint vision of being a safe place for everyone by staying home if you are ill, washing your hands regularly, and being especially mindful of those with increased risk.  We are continuing to hold worship services.  However, for our friends who are ill or at increased risk for serious COVID-19 outcomes, we encourage you to stay home from all public gatherings, including worship.

A church is a church because of the faithful dedication of its people and there are ways to continue to participate in this church family from home if you are at increased risk or are ill.  As the situation continues to unfold it will become even more important that we are of strong support to one another.  Here are just a few ways we encourage you to continue to be involved with your church family:

  1. Make it a habit to check in with one another over the phone.  If you need a church directory, please contact the church office and one will be mailed to you.

  2. Hold each other in prayer.  Prayer can change us, reconnect us with God, and be of deep encouragement to others.

  3. Contact the church office if you would like to be added to the weekly prayer list.

  4. Call or email Pastor Gretchen to set up a pastoral visit.  We are utilizing more technology for pastoral visits during this time.

  5. Switch to electronic giving or mail checks to the church office.  The church will continue to be here for you and anyone who needs the reminder of God’s hope throughout all of this.  This means that we will continue to pay salaries, cover bills, and offer assistance and pastoral care to those who need it.  Please continue to support the ongoing work whether or not you are able to join us in worship.

  6. Stay tuned to updates on Facebook or this website.  We are in the process of developing a podcast for congregants to participate in a worship experience from home and hope to have it up and running soon.

  7. Sign up to receive email alerts by clicking HERE.

 

Above all, whether or not worshiping in-person is the best decision for you, be an agent of hope in the world.  As Christians we are called to be like Christ to others.  Remember to show kindness, patience, and love in every situation and be especially mindful of letting go of fear.  Your church is right here with you.

ABOUT US

Bismarck UCC started in 1954 with the primary commitment to live out our faith in the community and world in ways that bear faithful witness to God’s love in Christ.

Sunday Worship at 10am.

Wednesday Worship at 6pm.

Events throughout the week.

CONTACT

1200 E Highland Acres Rd

Bismarck, ND 58501

701-223-2915

office@uccbismarck.org

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri   9am - 1pm

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