COVID-19 News and Plans


Update: May 6, 2021

       The Pandemic Advisory Group met on May 5:

  • reviewed guidelines for in person, outdoor worship, taking into consideration county guidelines, Rocky Mountain Synod recommendations and community input.  We will continue to revisit these as things shift around based on vaccinations, number of cases, county guidlines and other factors. 
  • Will continue to stream worship online until further notice so all can participate 
  • A survey will be sent out to this church community (mostly online but will also mail some) to find out what would help people want to return to in person worship - outdoors, indoors, and what would help you on your faith journey at this time.  Please note: this is one piece of a puzzle we are all trying to navigate together as a team for the care of our community. But an important piece!
  • The PAG will meet again in late May to see if there are changes from the Boulder County current "blue" status. 
  • Looking ahead: we are researching the practicies that have been found safe and beneficial with regards to opening the sanctuary for worship.  This is still a ways off.  However...
  • We are excited about offering outdoor worship starting this month of May! and small groups are allowed to meet outdoors following the established guidelines (links below).

Information, statistics and recommendations seem to be ever shifting. It can be confusing what are the current guidelines for BLC. While some may feel the current guidelines are too strict, others may feel they are not enough - but we have to start somewhere to go anywhere.  Starting outdoor in person worship services with the approved guidelines is where we are at on the hard to make out clearly path to worship together safely in the sanctuary.  If you ever have questions or concerns, you can email the Pandemic Advisory Group at 

April 2021

The Pandemic Advisory Group met April 21 making Guidelines for Outdoor Worship to the Bethlehem Council. These were approved by the council so that our Worship Team and Staff may make plans for outdoor worship beginning mid-May. Watch your Weekly Email for dates and registration. You can read the approved guidelines here.

The Pandemic Advisory Group met on April 10th and council approved their recommendations. The group will meet again on April 21st to make revisions based on updated Covid-19 regulations. You can read their recommendations here.


March 2021

In early February, Boulder County moved to the Yellow (Concern) status of Colorado's COVID19 Dial. In early March, the Center for Disease control issued new guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated. See the video below for a description of that guidance and what it means for Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Please also read these additional updates:

  • The BLC Council has formed a Pandemic Advisory Group (PAG) to help determine what we may or may not need to make in-person, inside activities happen in safe and meaningful ways. (For example: HVAC filtration, temperature checks, room for distancing, specific community vaccination rates, etc.)
  • Worship: Medium and large group gatherings are still risky because many community and congregation members have not yet had the opportunity or time to be fully vacinated. We continue online worship services. Because of increasing infection rates, we ask that anyone leading from the sanctuary wear a mask, except when preaching. We have acquired some mask-aids to help those who wear masks during worship. We hope this helps those listening at home, too. We continue to look for ways to make worship meaningful and safe.
  • Meetings and Groups: of 10 people or less (bible studies, quilting, even small worship groups, etc.) may use our "Outdoor Small Group" parameters again. Small groups may be able to meet in homes or the church building very soon! If you'd like a gathering scheduled, please contact
  • The BLC Office is still open to staff and volunteers (who are approved by staff or council) to do necessary business. Working at home is encouraged.
  • The BLC Building remains closed unless an appointment is made through staff or approval is given through council. All people entering the building must sign in and record their temperature at the front door. Further instructions are listed by the check-in log on the podium by the front door.
  • Travel: If you travel we continue to ask that you refrain from in-person church activities and stay out of the church building for 7 days (with a negative Covid-19 test) or 10 days (without a test and without symptoms) per current CDC travel quarantine recommendations.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church will continue to heed the health recommendations of relevant organizations—which include the ELCA, Rocky Mountain Synod (RMS), the CDC, Boulder County Health, and the State of Colorado.


Please continue to follow our weekly email, announcements, website, and Facebook posts for notifications of any changes and updates to our current situation.




BLC Mask Guidance:

1. Wear your mask when...'re entering the building.'re walking through hallways and common areas.'re going to the restroom, kitchen, water fountain.'re going into someone else's office.

2. You don't need to wear your mask if/when... or the person you are communicating with has a disability which makes seeing your mouth essential for communication. (Example: you are talking to someone who is hard of hearing or deaf.) cannot medically tolerate a face covering. (If this is an issue, please talk to me, privately. We can take other precautions for your health and the health of those around you.) are leading spoken worship and at least 25 feet away from others. are in your office and alone.

3. Here is the state's guidance:
4. Here is the CDC reasoning for wearing masks:


Fully Vaccinated Guidance:

After one year of pandemic worship, pandemic bible study, pandemic coffee hours, pandemic service projects, and pandemic everything? It seems time for another update--and this one has some definite signs of hope!


Please take a few minutes to watch this update on BLC Pandemic Practices for fully vaccinated individuals.




Links to online services:

Sunday and Midweek Services and Daily Devotions

      (open to public)

Sunday Worship bulletins 

       (requires a BLC member account)


Aging In Place: Top Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

Be aware that there are a number of scams being run during this time of pandemic that are targeting our older community. Please read about these and discuss with your loved ones ( If you would like more information, contact Carolina Gerard, Outreach Intern, National Council for Aging Care (


Staying Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For some, the stay at home order during the COVID-19 pandemic has been an opportunity to spend more joy-filled time with family, roommates and other loved ones. For others, sheltering in place means not being able to get away from someone who is physically, sexually or emotionally abusing them. During this pandemic, cases of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, including financial exploitation, are likely escalating. If you are being harmed or you are concerned about someone who may be experiencing abuse, neglect or exploitation, help is available. Most victim services organizations and social service agencies are still open, often providing support by phone, chat and videoconferencing. You can call or text local or national hotlines to explore options and discuss safety planning. For more information, contact BLC or this resource with critical information on risks and who to contact for help.


Links for Updated Health Information:

Colorado State Health Department COVID-19 Information:

Colorado State Stay-at-home Order: excepted essential needs:

Boulder County COVID-19 Information Updates:

Boulder County Public Health Stay at Home Order for COVID-19, 3/25/2020

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19:

National Institutes of Health/Infectious Disease Institute:!/detail/403327

ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod website:


Bethlehem Lutheran Church Has Suspended In-Person Services and Activities

When Martin Luther and his community were faced with the Black Plague, he wrote to his contemporary John Hess, "I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God." ("Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague," in Luther's Works Volume 43, pg 132)

After considerable discussion and evaluation which included voices from the ELCA, Rocky Mountain Synod, the CDC, Boulder County Health, and Governor Polis, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Executive Council is implementing the following faithful plan to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will follow this through August 31 and reevaluate at that time.



In faithfulness to the physical and spiritual health of our community we are suspending public worship until August 31. We will have a small group of volunteers lead online worship on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. Check our Online Worship schedule regularly so that we can still worship together virtually.

Even when our sanctuary is empty, we incur expenses. If you are able, you are encouraged to make your regular offering via our giving link or USPS mail (Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 W 15th Ave, Longmont CO 80501). There are instructions on how to use the online giving and if you need any help or have questions, please contact Jenny (


All Bethlehem sponsored activities that cannot meet using video conferencing are currently suspended. This includes (but is not limited to) the Education Hour, bible studies, fellowship, music groups, confirmation, and ministry meetings.



Meetings will be held only as absolutely necessary and will be called by the pastor, deaconess, or a member of the Executive Council. When necessary and possible, business should be done over email, phone, or a video conferencing app.



Members will not be visiting other members with communion or for official church business until further notice. If you have an emergency--such as a hospitalization or death--please, contact Pastor Katie ( for pastoral care. If we cannot visit in person, we can pray together.

Funerals: Funeral will be scheduled with care for both those grieving and our volunteers.


We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves even in this period of physical distancing. We are researching ways to reach out specifically to members who may find themselves in need of care or assistance. In the meantime, keep being blessings to each other. Call each other and your neighbors. If you find yourself with symptoms and/or a positive COVID-19 test, please consider letting us know so that we can assist you or, in the least, offer our prayers.


We will continue to update the congregation through the Weekly Email, postings on our website and on Facebook pages. Please be patient as we are navigating uncharted territory.


In grace and hope,

Your BLC Executive Council and Staff


Blessed to be a blessing.

That's the BLC motto. We believe that God has blessed us and we are called to bless others. The COVID-19 virus has thrown us into a time of uncertainty and anxiety which could challenge how we live into our motto. However, every action we take in response can be a blessing to those around us.


Consider that,

To be a blessing, some of our members will continue to work in essential jobs.

To be a blessing, some of our members will volunteer in the community.

To be a blessing, some of our members will have to isolate themselves.

To be a blessing, some of our members will be unable to go to work or school.


In an effort to continue blessing one another in this time of need, we are developing resources for worship, child care, and errand runners (for those who cannot leave home right now). Keep reading for more information and keep praying for all who are ill, anxious, or just trying to stay healthy.


For Worship

We're going Live! A small volunteer group will be conducting a modified worship service and streaming it via YouTube. Please join us for our Virtual Worship services Sundays at 8:00 a.m.

Just follow the link for the date, and when we turn the camera on at 8:00 a.m., you will be able to watch live.

Too Early? Don't want to get up to watch it live? No worries - the same link will allow you to watch the recording after the service when you are ready.


For an Errand Runner

There are a number of reasons members might be isolated now or in the near future. We do not want you to put yourself or others at-risk to get a gallon of milk or box of tissues. If you become unable to run basic errands--like grocery shopping--during this pandemic, contact Pastor Katie to get connected with an errand runner (, 303-776-3290).


Remember that physical isolation doesn't mean we need to be socially or spiritually isolated! Pick up the phone. Email, text, Snapchat. Check on your neighbors and each other.
You are a blessing!

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