Our Church’s Response to Covid-19

Our church follows CDC guidance and local government leaders’ recommendations in regards to Covid-19.  We know many of you are concerned with what is happening both locally and globally. After much discussion we are updating our policies and changing some things for the immediate future.

Sunday Morning Worship

Our church has decided to resume in-person worship effective August 1st.  You can read about our Covid-19 safety protocols here.

Both your Deacons and your Pastor are keenly aware that we all need the inspiration, assurance, and the connection to God and to each other that worship provides. Your spiritual well-being is as important to us as your physical health, especially now.

In addition to in-person worship, we are continuing to offer online worship services for our congregation every Sunday morning at 10:30.  If you would like to receive information about our services, please let the church office know.  We utilize the Zoom web-conferencing program for our worship services as well as live streaming our worship services on YouTube. Interested in checking it out?  Click here to be redirected to our channel.  You can watch our lives services and also watch previous worship services there.

We ask for your patience and understanding as this is a whole new world with a bit of a learning curve for all of our church staff. Our recording equipment is limited at this time, but we will do our best to make the audio as clear as we can.

Other Church Programming and Activities

We want to let you know that Choir Rehearsal, Sunday School and Fellowship Hour have all resumed in limited capacities.  Sunday School is offered on Sunday mornings.  Our Sunday School director follows the protocols that local school districts follow in that students are masked unless they are seated and are eating.  Fellowship Hour has also resumed.  However, in light of the colder weather, we are not offering refreshments.  Members and friends are invited into our Fellowship Hall where they can continue to be masked and socially distanced.  Those joining us online are invited to stay on our zoom meeting platform where they can see and talk with people who are in our Fellowship hall in person.

All Boards and Committees meetings continue to be conducted online.

Supporting our Congregation’s Ministries

Please know that our church’s financial obligations continue through this challenging time. We implore you to continue to make your regular pledge or Sunday morning offering even if you have decided to remain home. We invite you to mail in your offerings or, if you have access to the internet, setting up an electronic check from your banking institution is easy and free of charge. A non-profit paypal account is in the works. But in the meantime, we ask that you continue to financially support the ministries of your church, just as you normally would.  A Paypal for Non-Profits has been set up for our church.  We can accept your pledges/donations through this account.  Look for the Donate botton on the front welcome page of our website.

Our Most Vulnerable Members and Friends

No matter what, each of us can make an extra effort to stay connected to one another, even if that means adopting new ways of creating community. Even if we don’t see each other in person, we are still called to be the Body of Christ together. Reach out to each other. Use the phone to stay connected with those who can’t come to church or who might feel more socially isolated during these challenging and uncertain times.

Church Office Operations

Rev. Heather and our Office Manager Tracy have returned to the church office.  They are both there (for the most part) Tuesday through Friday 9:30 – 2:30.  For the most part, Rev. Heather will be responding to pastoral issues by phone. She stands ready to offer support, prayer, encouragement, and pastoral care– please reach out to her via email or by calling the church office.

If you are planning to come into the church office for whatever reason, we invite you to please call ahead to be sure someone is physically here.

 Finally…..

We will keep you all as informed as possible of any changes to all the information above. In the meantime, please be safe as you possibly through practicing good hygiene while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Above all, remember to be kind to one another. We hold each and every one of you in prayer. We know that God is our rock and our strength, and a very present help in times of trouble.

Yours in Christ, Tracy and Rev. Heather