July 2021 Update

Beginning with services on Sunday, July 4, we are implementing changes to our worship service recently approved by the Worship and Music Committee and the Church Council.

The rationale for easing some areas, and not others just yet, is based on current CDC, local health and ELCA guidelines -- which take into consideration increased vaccination rates, less emphasis on spread by touch, but continued emphasis on spread through breathing, and especially indoor singing in public settings.

With these things in mind, we are returning to our regular order for worship with communion celebrated in its normal place in the service. We will still commune by station, but return to our seats after receiving communion; only new guests will be checked in when they enter the building; and the pastor and assisting minister will have the option to wear a mask and
gloves only, and not a shield while serving communion.

These guidelines will remain in place for now: seating distances will continue to be marked off in the pews, masks will continue to be worn, there will be no passing of the peace or offering plates, no hymnals or other literature in the pews, and soft singing requested.

In addition, vaccinated small groups meeting in the building have begun to talk among themselves as to their comfort level with mask wearing and social distancing in their meeting.
Your Church Council will continue to monitor the situation, and will ease other guidelines as soon as it is safe to do so.  The Council gives thanks for the many ways you continue to love and care for one another in Jesus’ name in these challenging and ever-changing times.

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