August 28, 2020
Last Wednesday, August 19th, Church Council met via Zoom. During this meeting, they voted “yes” to begin in-person worship on Sunday, September 6, 2020. As noted in the last letter you received, special care will be taken in the building and during worship to allow us to be together safely. Many things will be done differently based on recommendations and guidelines. These include:
Limited seating will be available so you will be asked to “register” each week you plan to attend so we do not go over seating capacity.
Doors will open 15 minutes prior to worship. Only the main doors will be used; not the parking lot or Sixth Street side doors.
Masks will be required to enter the building and must be worn while inside. We will have masks available if you need one.
You will be asked to practice social distancing while entering the building and fill the pews from the front to the back. You will exit after worship from the back to the front.
We will not be sharing the peace through contact or passing the offering plate.
Pastor Brandon will not greet people following worship and fellowship can only take place outside the building.
The building will be sanitized weekly.
As stated in the first bullet above, each week you are asked to please let us know of your plans to attend worship the following Sunday. You can do so by emailing, calling or leaving a message for Amy each week. To save your spot for this coming Sunday, September 6th contact Amy this Monday, August 31st through Thursday, September 3rd. The following week contact her between Monday, September 7th and Thursday, September 10th if you plan to attend worship on Sunday, September 13th, and so on. Please contact Amy Monday through Thursday only to save your spot for the following Sunday. This extra step each week is a necessary one to help us stay within our limited seating capacity and to plan and to prepare in order to worship safely. It will also act as a record of those who attended so that tracing can be done should that need arise.
Another change you may be aware of is the ability to live stream worship. Beginning Sunday, September 6th, we will live stream worship as it is happening on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. rather than record during the week. The video will be available using the same link to Pastor Brandon’s YouTube channel. Should you not be able to join at 9:30 a.m., it will be saved and can be viewed at any time of the day or any day of the week. We will continue to email the link and the bulletin each Friday.
If you are attending in person worship and would be willing to be a reader please let Amy know that as well. If you would be willing to provide special music please let Rick Kane know. We encourage you to participate on Sunday morning as these ministries can be done in a safe manner.
We ask for your patience and cooperation during this time as we make the transition back into our building. We are learning as we go, and we all must follow the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Allegheny Synod and the CDC. Without the cooperation of those in attendance, we could be forced to discontinue in-person worship once again.
Finally, if you or anyone in your home is not feeling well or is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or has been in contact with anyone showing symptoms or who may possibly be infected, please stay home. If you or anyone in your home has traveled internationally or to any of the states on the PA Department of Health’s quarantine list in the last 14 days, again, please stay home.
Thank you for your support.
The Return to Worship Task Force Team and Church Council