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Pastor’s Message

 

 

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am excited to announce to you that we are opening up on-site worship beginning this Sunday, June 14th at 10:00 AM. 

I realize that not everyone is ready for this step.  Our Sunday morning service will be videoed and, as soon as possible, the audio and video editions of our service will be posted on our website and Facebook, and the link for the service on YouTube will be emailed.  This will not be ready for you on Sunday morning but will usually be available by mid to late Sunday afternoon, or early evening. 

For those who plan to attend Sunday morning services, we are taking some extra safety precautions which are listed below.  These may change as we go forward, and if they do, I will keep you posted of those changes. 

  • Please maintain social distancing (6 feet apart front and back and side to side).  To help facilitate this, we will be closing off every other pew and ask that within each pew you allow 6 feet between family units. 
  • You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting which will be provided at the entrance and exit. 
  • The offering plates will not be passed, and you do not need to fill out attendance cards.  Baskets/plates for the offering will be located on stands at the entrances and exits to the sanctuary. 
  • Everything will be in the bulletin and on the screen, so you will not need to use the hymnals unless you choose to. 
  • Face masks are encouraged, especially when entering and exiting, but they are not required.  We will have some in the glassed-in entry way if you do not have a mask and would like one.   
  • There will be no Communion in our first service back on June 14th, but we plan to do Communion on June 21stand will give you instructions before that service in a future communication. 
  • For at least our first service back, we will not be singing.  Ann Barz is out of town and there are some concerns about singing spreading germs.  We will have some CD music before the service and during the dismissal. 
  • There will be no greeters when you enter, and the bulletins will be set out in the pews for you to pick up when you sit down.  Please do not pick up the bulletins that you are not using.   
  • The nursery and fellowship hall will be closed.
  • When you enter, please do not hang up coats or leave things at the coat rack, but instead bring everything with you to your pew.  The ushers will dismiss you by pew at the end of the service.  When they do, for those who are able, we will be exiting out the side door from the sanctuary straight to the parking lot.  From here you may congregate on the front lawn to visit while maintaining your 6 feet of social distancing or exit straight to your vehicle.  Other instructions about this will be given at the service.   
  • The sanctuary will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each use. 
  • If you are sick or have symptoms of any illness, please stay home. 
  • If you are not comfortable with these measures, please participate in the online or radio services.  Walk-up Communion will still be offered on Communion Sunday weeks for those who are more comfortable with this. 

Please do not hesitate to contact pastor with questions or concerns.  There are a wide range of views of what churches should do or not do at this time, and we are trying to keep people as safe as we can while giving you an opportunity to gather together as the Body of Christ. 

 

Thank you for your patience and love for your neighbor!

Pastor Liebich, Church Council, and the Board of Elders