Decorah First United Methodist Church building closed until further notice

In an effort to protect the health and safety of members of the church congregation, staff and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Decorah First United Methodist Church building at 302 W. Broadway Street is closed to members and the public until further notice.

Recordings of worship services are provided via a link from the church website until in-person worship services resume. Visit and click on the COVID-19 page.

“We believe the decision to suspend services will help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 while protecting the health and safety of those who would otherwise attend worship in person,” said Andrew F. Van Der Maaten, Administrative Council Chairperson, in a March 20 letter to members.

The church will not conduct weddings or funerals until further notice. Graveside services will be held with immediate family only. Memorial services will be held at a later time by the request of the family.

“These steps are in response to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation directive that we not hold gatherings that exceed 10 persons in number. It is our prayer that all remain safe and healthy through these uncertain times,” said Van Der Maaten.