Worship Service Plans & Updates

Worship Service Plans & Updates

June 2, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord.  Our Administrative Council met last night to plan, looking forward to making plans to move back into our building for worship.  From our discussions, we concluded that for the next three weeks we will continue to meet outdoors in the parking lot at 9 am weather permitting for worship.   The sermon will continue to be shared on Facebook for those who cannot or do not feel comfortable meeting in person but we want them to feel a part of our worship community.  We have changed the time of worship to 9 am before the heat of the day becomes unbearable.  If for some reason we cannot meet outside, we will upload the sermon to view on Facebook.  If weather conditions are a concern, a decision will be made early enough that each member will receive a call by 8 am on the affected day about the status of worship. Beginning on June 28th, we are going to move inside if circumstances with the Covid epidemic have not grown worse.  We plan to continue to do one service in the CAC until Labor Day.  We will ask that folks continue to bring their own chairs and we will continue to do social distancing and respect the space of others.   Masks are recommended. We are also discussing possibilities for bringing some Sunday School classes back together.  This may mean that classes could not meet on Sunday mornings due to spacing and distancing issues.  We are trying to find creative ways that perhaps classes could meet during the day or even at night on different days of the week.  We have not made any definitive decisions about Sunday School and we would love to hear your feedback.  We have different spaces that could allow groups to meet and follow the guidelines that are guiding our processes.  We will be in touch with you as we continue to discern how best to open this process. We are living in unprecedented times.  Like you, I am experiencing Covid fatigue.  It has grown in Facebook fatigue, guideline fatigue, and just fatigue in general, I want our lives to be normal again.  I have to reiterate here, I don’t know what normal will look like when everything settles
down. There are a few things we need from you:
1.     Be prayerful, continue to pray for your church, your pastor, your leaders, and pray that God will guide our efforts.  We covet the prayers of God’s people for wisdom and strength as we move forward.
2.     Be flexible, we are changing time and location, our plans are fluid subject to the circumstances we sometimes cannot control.  We will adapt and hopefully learn from week to week about things we can do to enhance our worship.
3.     Be respectful, there are many opinions about all the things we are experiencing.  Some folks feel comfortable gathering, others do not. Consider how you might show love and respect for those whose opinion is
different from yours.  There is enough unrest all around us, “let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others Phil.2: 4.”
4.    Be patient, we are trying to respect our civil and ecclesiastical leadership.  We may not always agree but in Romans 13, Paul encourages us to respect civil authority.  As we move forward may God use us in this time for His purposes and His presence in this community and beyond.
In Christ,
Pastor Bruce