Due to the pandemic, the Church Council has made the difficult discernment to extend the closure of in-person worship services until further notice.
We do not want to continue to give potential reopening dates only to postpone or change them right before they arrive. This decision is not made easily, it has been prayerfully discerned and takes into consideration many different factors and options, but this seems like the best way to keep everyone safe. Thus, for the time being we will have to wait until we can confidently choose a date to safely resume in-person services.
That said, we are exploring and enacting ways in which we can become more connected again as a church community. Utilizing the online application ZOOM which allows for any computer, smartphone, tablet, or regular telephone to join a virtual meeting, we are working to resume our various ministries virtually. For those of you with just a telephone, think of this as just a multi-person conference call, where we can discuss and talk with one another, just without seeing each other. We'll provide "how to" details and assistance as needed. The goal is to resume as many of our activities as possible, just not in person. We hope this will help us all to feel more connected until we can meet again in person. These activities include all Ministry Committees, WELCA Circles, the Men's Bible Studies, as well as new "Small Groups." We have asked all of our leaders to begin planning how their group can re-engage in our ministry using this approach.
Finally, in addition to resuming virtual committee and group connections, we are going to resume connecting through the use of Holy Communion, also virtually. Whether you watch the services online or physically receive copies of the service, there will be instructions within the service on how you can receive communion at home. Whether you live alone or with others, you can commune yourself. Though in ordinary times we do not hold this practice of communing oneself or without the presence of a eucharistic minister, these extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions. Furthermore, within these extraordinary times we believe that communion will be a very present help for morale, spiritual care, and aiding in reminding us that we are not alone. Christ is with us always and is present with us in our communion at home, as well. And so, as the uncertainties of the pandemic continue, we remember and give thanks for the grace, guidance, and care which God continuously provides to us.