On Tuesday, May 11, the Nazareth Church Council voted to move forward with a series of updates and changes to our COVID-19 mitigation protocols with a target of making most of these changes effective June 1.  The subsequent release of new CDC guidelines, the ending of the Cedar Falls municipal mask mandate, and Governor Reynold's signing into law of House File 847 which effectively ends all school masking mandates leads us to amend this previous timeline and begin to implement these changes at Nazareth effective this Sunday, May 23.  This means that effective this Sunday, Nazareth will proceed with masks optional for worship and most social distancing protocols will be phased out.  For a fuller summary of recommendations regarding next steps and the amended timelines, please see below:  


COVID-19 UPDATE FOR NAZARETH LUTHERAN CHURCH In response to current CDC guidelines, increasing rates of vaccinations, local decreases in infection rates and hospitalizations, and the Cedar Falls mask mandate being lifted:

- Starting Sunday, May 23, masks will be optional at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church

- Starting Sunday, May 23, Nazareth will reopen seating throughout most of the Worship Center with no restrictions but will preserve socially distanced seating in sections one and six (the far outside sections close to entrance and exit doors, continuing to block off every other pew for those who still prefer to socially distance.)

- Starting May 30, Bibles and Hymnals and connection cards will return to the pews.

- Starting June 6, Nazareth will return Holy Communion to its normal place within the service (as opposed to having it double as dismissal), but continue with Covid precautions (i.e., individual cups, masked/gloved servers, etc.).

- Starting on Sunday, May 30, refreshments will once again be available between services.

- Effective immediately, individual groups meeting within our facility will have the ability to make their own decisions as a group regarding masking and social distancing.

- Blessed Beginnings will continue to follow all appropriate local, state and federal requirements regarding COVID-19 protocols for daycare.

- Should conditions change in the Cedar Valley and rates of infection and hospitalization spike to former dangerous levels in our area, then we will seek to comply with all local, state and federal public health guidelines as before in order to care for and protect our most vulnerable members, neighbors and guests.

This information will be shared tomorrow with the whole congregation via a One Call email, Naz News, and on our website and social media.

We believe this change still honors the spirit of the original Council motion and takes into account all of the new guidelines that have since come out.  

In Christ,

The Nazareth Core Team (Kyle Brown, George Nederhoff, Angie Rath, Pastor Denny and Pastor Brian)