Now that many of you have received a vaccine for covid-19 we’re seeing more faces, well eyes and hair anyway above our masks, of folks we haven’t seen in over a year. What a joy it is to make real eye contact. I’m thankful for on-line worship and meetings, but as we gather and see one another we are encouraged.
First, I want to thank you for being careful and following our protocols on Sunday so that we are continuing to protect one another and honor each other in these changing times.
Secondly, I am excited to announce that our numbers are approaching our protocol’s maximum for the 9:30 worship so, in consultation with our Re-Connect team, we are adding another worship service on Sunday morning!
Beginning Easter Sunday, the 8 a.m. worship will join our Sunrise Service (6 a.m.) and the 9:30 traditional service. The 8 a.m. service will follow its familiar format of several hymns followed by a message and communion and will last about 45 minutes. This service is marked by its informality and family atmosphere. This service will be held in the sanctuary for the time being so that we can insure adequate space for social distancing with plans to return to the chapel when appropriate. One more note about meeting in the sanctuary is that we will be live streaming so if you’re still not ready to return or happen to be travelling, you can still attend.
We do ask you to make a reservation for each week for any of our services, so we are able to plan adequately and monitor growth as we slowly return to normalcy.
I know it seems odd, even frustrating to have to make a reservation for church, but it truly helps us plan and is an essential part of the re-connect protocol for the present. The need for reservations will end at some point in the future.