We had hoped to resume worship in the sanctuary on June 21st but the Renew Committee has reluctantly decided that large gatherings are not yet safe with the proliferation of coronavirus cases in our community. At its last meeting, the committee set a tentative date for the return to worship for Sunday, July 19th. That decision will be reviewed weekly.
Below is a letter from Pastor Mike Bruce announcing the decision in an e-blast:
June 16, 2020
Dear Fellow Church Members and Friends,
As many of you are aware, our Renewal Team has been working on how we can safely resume worship in the sanctuary. The Team has been meeting weekly to evaluate our situation and come up with a plan to accomplish these goals. One goal we set was to resume live worship services this coming Sunday, June 21st.
Our Team met again last night to evaluate our situation and considered, among other things, the proliferation of cases of coronavirus in our community. After a very long discussion and out of our commitment to Do No Harm and our deep concern for the safety of our flock, we have decided to postpone the resumption of live worship until July 19th. Until then we will continue our online worship at 10A.M. on Sunday mornings. Small group ministries that have been planned for homes and outside will continue.
The Renewal Team will continue to meet weekly to review this situation.
We know that many of you had planned to stay home out of concern for safety. We also know that some of you were planning on attending when we resumed. We understand your disappointment. On a personal note, I must say that I, too, am deeply disappointed and saddened by this decision for this means that, as I approach my retirement, I will not be able to share a final Sunday from the pulpit with our congregation in the sanctuary. Yet, I believe that it is the right decision in order to keep everyone safe.
In the meantime, please do all that you can to protect yourself, stay in contact with one another and stay safe. May God bless all of you!
Grace and Peace, ~ Pastor Mike