Our church office continues to be closed and Kim is working from home. If you need to come to the church, please contact Pastor Jerry in advance.
communication is important
The key to getting through this is to communicate and continue to support each other however we can. Kim Collins will be working from home as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact her via church email, or by calling/texting her cell if you have any questions or need assistance (grocery delivery, meals, etc.) during this time. We have church members ready and willing to help.
Please be smart in safeguarding yourselves—not only for your sake, but for the sake of others. If you are sick, stay home.
Please be financially faithful. Even if you cannot gather with us, please remember that we still have expenses that need to be met.
Please be in prayer for one another and for our nation at large.
worship resumes july 12
The target date for our first corporate worship service since the state of emergency was declared is July 12. We will worship at the regularly scheduled time of 10:30 AM. For the most part, the format we have become accustomed to will be pretty much the same. However, there will be a few alterations.
For those not ready to return, we intend to offer a live worship stream via Facebook. This means when our service begins in the auditorium, so will the live stream. While we will not present a recorded message as we have been doing during the pandemic, we plan to record and post the service on YouTube and Facebook by Monday afternoon at the latest.
masks are required
To begin with, we are requiring those who wish to attend to wear a mask (or bandana) that covers both their nose and mouth. Face shields are acceptable. This requirement will remain until the end of July. At that time, we will reassess the situation to see if masks are still needed. Our rationale for this requirement has to do with the number of droplets that are discharged during singing. Some data suggests singing expels as much as a sneeze. Believing most would want to be able to sing, we feel masks will restrict the amount of droplet discharge to some degree. It will not eliminate them all, but with distancing, we believe everyone should be safe.
Offering: We will not be physically collecting the offering in our regular manner of passing a bag. We strongly suggest you continue to give via mail, online, etc. as you have been during the pandemic. We also intend to place a couple of baskets in the rear of the church should one want to place their offering in it each week.
Koinonia: We will discontinue koinonia for a season as we continue to watch and see how the pandemic progresses. Please be sensitive to this decision. We know many of you have not seen one another for months. Please refrain from physical contact (hugs, kisses, handshakes, etc.) as the individual you are extending them to may not wish to make contact.
Communication: We will not be distributing any printed information (bulletins, prayer cards, kid's coloring pages, etc.). Announcements will run in the foyer and before worship. We will continue to send out as much information as possible electronically (emails, website, Facebook, etc.). Please take advantage of these methods if you want to stay informed. If you need to be added to our email list, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes and Small Groups: For a season, we will not be conducting Sunday School classes or Children’s Worship in person. As the pandemic diminishes, we will resume these ministries knowing it is safe to do so. Again, this is for a season. It is not permanent. We will resume small groups for those interested. These include: Monday Men’s Group, Wednesday Bible Study, and Thursday Craft Night. The Tuesday evening Bible study is on break for the summer. These gatherings will comply with distancing and sanitizing policies.