COVID Response Updates

Good Shepherd COVID Response Plan Updated 1-18-2022

Good Shepherd uses the Luther College alert level assessments to guide our assessment of threat. When Luther moves to a new alert level, we do as well. We have chosen to do this because Luther has staff regularly paying attention to all the threat indicators and because we are closely tied to the college with many worshipers working and studying on campus.

Luther’s pandemic response includes five levels: 0-4

We are guided by Luther’s alert levels but do not follow the same mitigation protocols they do at each level. This is because our contexts are very different.

When Luther is at levels 0 or 1, these are the Good Shepherd COVID mitigation protocols:

  • Masks are required in worship and in offerings for children and youth 
  • Communion is served with bread and individual servings of wine or grape juice, pre-packaged servings are available as well
  • Masks are encouraged in the building and optional in groups with the consent of all present
  • Fellowship Hour happens, masks are requested in the serving line

When Luther is at alert level 2-4, these are the Good Shepherd COVID mitigation protocols:

  • Masks continue to be required in worship and in offerings for children and youth
  • Masks are required throughout the building
  • Individual pre-packaged communion servings are used
  • Fellowship Hour is suspended
  • Food may be served in the building at level 2 for small groups and for funerals
  • At levels 3-4, no food is served in the building other than Kinderhaus preschool
  • Education and youth offerings may move to online or at home options
  • Groups may meet in person or with hybrid options