Please take a moment to read this carefully. After the press release given by the governor about guidelines for reopening church services on May 27, the Church Council met (on Saturday, via Zoom) to consider how our church should respond. The governor’s parameters went like this:
We talked for about 1.5 hours until the storm that was going on that day knocked out Internet service for more than half of us. We did manage to talk over what this meant for holding services of worship. In our pastors’ conference with Dr. Larson, we weren’t able to get a definitive answer about what “cleaning between services” meant for our fabric chairs in the worship center (and presumably also in the fellowship hall). He thought that waiting a week between uses would be fine, but wasn’t sure we could adequately clean them between services from one day to the next, or one hour to the next. That left us rather in limbo about the question at present.
After all of this, here are the conclusions we drew:
It seems that a great lot has happened over the last few days since the governor’s press conference. Protests and even riots have broken out after the killing of George Floyd and others. The governor is dealing with lawsuits that challenge these rules for churches and many other regulations for the reopening of businesses. We are watching closely to see how these matters change the rules. Right now, however, we are staying the course with our present plans.
Please continue to pray for the outreach of our live-streamed services, daily devotional messages (God a Minute?), and our other services through Zoom, especially for youth and collegiate-age folks. We want Jesus to be made know and God to be glorified in all we do!
My love in Christ, Pastor Frank