In-person Worship Resumes June 7

After considerable discussion, the Board of Elders have decided to resume in-person worship on Sunday, June 7. You should have received a separate letter describing the general outline of the plan. Below are a few of the important highlights, but we also want to emphasize that we certainly encourage you to stay home if even the reduced risk is too great a risk for you to take. If you don’t feel comfortable attending, we will continue to stream our services to Facebook and Pastor Stolarczyk is available, as always, to bring you the Lord’s Supper upon request.

  • We are temporarily going to two services, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
    • 8:00 a.m.-- Stricter social distancing precautions will be enforced
    • 10:00 a.m.—Less restrictive precautions
  • We will have Holy Communion on June 7 in celebration of the reopening of our church. (We will return to our normal schedule of communion services after that, however.)
  • Social Distancing precautions at 8:00 a.m. service will include:
    • Leaving at least one empty pew between households and we will only seat people from two households in the same row if at least 6 feet of separation can be maintained.
    • Masks are strongly encouraged.
    • Extra care will be taken with the distribution of the Lord’s Supper
      • ushering people forward individually
      • we will not be kneeling to receive the bread and wine
      • the elders and pastor will wear masks
      • extra disinfection steps will be included between each communicant
      • additional steps will be covered on June 7
    • We will also ask you to limit your time in the church building, itself, before and after the service—we invite you to visit with one another outside, for example, where appropriate physical distance can be maintained.
  • We will be taking some less obtrusive precautions at the 10:00 a.m. service, as well, especially with the distribution of Holy Communion. We also encourage you to take basic steps. Visiting with one another outside rather than in the narthex, for example, is certainly an easy step we can take that won’t be a great burden.

As we move beyond June 7, we’ll continue to evaluate the steps that we are taking. Thank you in advance for your understanding if we need to make further adjustments based on the best information available and the needs of our congregation and members. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your elder or Pastor Stolarczyk.