First, a reminder to Board members that we meet tomorrow night (Tuesday, 6/2) at 6 PM. We will be discussing the details of reopening.
Finally, we will resume worship services this Sunday, June 7. Because of social distancing, we will have two services. The 9 AM service requires that masks be worn. Masks are optional at the 10:30 service. I will not wear a mask while in the pulpit at either service. As of this morning, we have 16 planning to attend at 9 AM and 26 planning to attend at 10:30. If we have any more come to the 10:30 service, some will have to be seated in the fellowship hall. We have a speaker set up. IF YOU PLAN TO COME ON JUNE 7TH, IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR TIME PREFERENCE. I know this is a nuisance but it will greatly help us in planning.
For now, we will not have Sunday School or Wednesday Bible Study. We will need to have you sign up for your service preference weekly until we can drop social distancing. I spent my entire life fretting about wanting more people to attend church, and now I am concerned that too many will come and we won’t have enough seating! I do appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
The sanctuary is marked off indicating where you may sit. We desire that families sit on the parking lot side of the sanctuary, with singles sitting on the opposite side. The service will be a little different. We will not pass offering plates or communion trays. There will be an offering plate at the center aisle for your tithes and offerings. You will pick up the communion elements upon entering and take them with you to your seat (more on that later).
After the 9 AM service, the sanctuary will be cleaned. In spite of all these changes, I look forward to holding services again. The sermon theme will be on worship as I continue the series from the Gospel of John and Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman.
If you are in touch with members who do not have email. please contact them and share this information. I will be sending additional updates as needed. My prayer for all of you is that the Lord will bless you and keep you in the center of His love.