Pastors working within guidelines to keep all safe from COVID-19

By JoAnn Biren

Murray County News

Pastor Ethanie Schmidt from the United Methodist Churches of Slayton and Lake Wilson continues to stay busy during the quarantine in Minnesota.  As of this writing she was preparing to meet up with her sister, “In a very out of the way spot” to deliver pieces of material she had cut out for her sister to make into face masks.  And, she said the quilting group from the local church is working to make enough masks for all the parishioners.  

Thanks to the talents of church member, Miron Carney and his son Alex, videos of the Sunday service are available on-line.  “We are so fortunate to have them,” she said of the duo.  “It is so professionally done!”  Through their expertise, video clips of music and the responses to the readings are reaching her flock.  

At the cluster of St. Ann in Slayton, which includes Iona and Lake Wilson Catholic churches, Father Thien Nguyen keeps in touch with his people through weekly bulletin messages which are emailed out.  There is also a list of televised Masses for the people to take advantage of.  These include, and are listed on the Diocese of Winona/Rochester web page,  KELO – channel 11 (Sioux Falls) – Sunday – 10:00 a.m.,  KEYC – Channel 12 (Mankato) – Sunday – 7:30 a.m., KTTW – Channel 7 (Sioux Falls) – Sunday – 7:00 a.m.  Daily readings can be found at  One parishioner commented, “We can be in solidarity with our homebound and nursing home parishioners during this difficult time.”  

Both, United Methodist and the Catholic cluster, have canceled all of the outside activities related to their church such as youth classes, adult education, council and board meetings, etc.  

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