Week of February 28th
We have left all the information about Covid up on this home webpage for a very long time. I know that there are issues that people would rather talk about- and so would I. However, since this may be the first place that a person looking to check out a new church may go first, it has been important to let them know how we are handling the health event that has dominated the news for almost the last year. That way, a person coming for the first time has some idea about what to expect when they get here. For those terrified about Covid, they will be forewarned that not everyone masks up. For those who like a little more freedom, they will be aware that they can have some, as long as they are respectful of the needs and conditions of others.
However, the material will not be left up for very much longer. You see, all things pass in time. It becomes important to move on, to look for the next issue to be concerned about. God loves us and cares about the health of people and the community, but He is not concerned ONLY with our health. He has plans more important, more lasting than the concerns which often capture human attention. So, we will move along to other issues soon as well. Until then, here is another week of health information!
When it comes to medical issues and Covid concerns- Some people wear masks. We give them plenty of space and grace and try to help them protect themselves and their families from harm. Some do not, and we honor that as well. We know the recommendation of the CDC and doctors. We will make masks and distanced seating available, NOT because some official said we must, but to help those who need that protection. I know that everyone CANNOT wear a mask due to medical reasons having nothing to do with COVID-19, but for those who can, we certainly recommend it. We show grace whether you wear or do not wear a mask, but we do ask for continued courtesy to respect personal space either way.
Kids ministry continues to ask parents to not bring children who are sick. Of course, if you have children and are worried about potential COVID infections, we encourage you to keep them with you for service- kids are always welcome! Just as we have been doing for a while, we will not pass an offering plate, but instead encourage you to use the box, the safe drop or online giving.
For the long term, we understand that we cannot satisfy everyone on the issue of virus safety. We want to be careful. As far as we know, few in our church family have contracted COVID-19, and those who have done so have contracted it outside the church and have caught it before coming in and exposing others. Communication with our church family has worked well, and we appreciate those who have avoided coming in if they have any suspicion of sickness. That does not mean that we cannot, or that anyone including myself and our staff are specially immune or invincible. We do not want to have anyone feel forced to attend live services at any time if you feel it is unsafe. If government Health Department statements makes you feel it is unsafe...stay home. If you arrive and too few people are wearing masks...head home. If there is not enough socially-distanced seating to help you, we apologize, but wish you all safety as you head out. If you are unsure about children or youth meeting at this time, please keep them with you or out of the meeting spaces they meet in. Let us know the problems you are concerned about. We may not be able to correct them all, but we will do what we can! No one will judge you or pressure you in any fashion. We have not done so and will not begin to do so in the future.
If you feel it is unsafe, please take advantage of the resources on this website and on our two Facebook groups. We have been posting Sunday and Wednesday services in video. We post audio-only messages as well. Calendar information exists on this site. You can communicate to us through text, email or phone. if you wish to give, and we are so thankful that you have done so in the past, this page makes that possible, or offerings can be mailed or delivered to the church.
I will keep you up to speed as the days and situations develop.