A message from our pastor:
July 23, 2020
Service Time Change
10 am. Beginning this Sunday, we'll meet earlier to beat the heat outside. This is just for the summer.
Generally, the last Sunday of the month. We're currently receiving the sacrament of the Lord's Supper once a month. We'll have precautions, most of which are directives from our bishop, Steve Breedlove:
You must have a face mask, if you wish to receive. Even outside. You only need the mask as you come forward to receive, not when you are back at your seat.
You will only receive a consecrated wafer (bread), though we will celebrate with the bread and wine. This is not to symbolize any ultimate difference between me (who will drink the chalice) and you, the laity - it's just something churches do when there are concerns about disease transmission, such as in a bad flu season.
I will have disposable gloves when handling the elements, and a face mask for distribution.
We won't have an altar rail (even if we're inside due to weather, we won't use it). You can receive standing up or you can kneel if you wish - we'll have some cushions 6 feet apart.
Final reminder: COVID is making us think about some of these things, but the thing we should think about most is Jesus, whose love never fails.
General COVID-19 Update
June 8, 2020
Here’s an update on our return to Sunday worship:
Starting Sunday July 5
11 AM: We will return to regular services at the church. We will meet outside - in front of the church - whenever weather is good. We've put up a temporary 2-3 foot garden fence to define the space and keep kids safe, and we are hopeful that we'll have a perimeter fence installed in coming months. I encourage you to bring chairs or a blanket, water, and umbrellas or canopy to help with sun exposure.
When weather is bad, we will be inside. Masks are not required outside, but masks are required to be inside for any reason for all adults (for a service, or just to use the bathroom). No children’s ministry or coffee hour for the summer, and we’ll have 2 readings and a shorter 10 minute homily. Eucharist 1x/month over the summer.
If you are sick, please stay home. If you are at a higher risk or feel uncomfortable with COVID health risks, please feel free to stay home at this point. We’ll email a weekly worship program, and audio for a more substantial biblical teaching, so you can join our worship in this way.
Zoom Compline and Zoom Small Group have ended. We’ll have a 4-week Race and Justice study on Thursdays starting July 2, contact me to signup. I’d also like to do a 3-4 week spiritual discernment group at the end of the summer to reflect on how God has been changing us since March.
These plans fit with current and anticipated state regulations, so that some in-person gatherings are available for those who are comfortable with it. Given that limitation, we want to move forward with Sunday worship in the best and safest way.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.