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Plans for A MODIFIED Return to Ministry

We’ve spoken about our return to ministry in three phases, with Phase 3 bringing us back to normal ministry operations. Starting the week of September 6, we plan to return to most of our ministry, but in a modified format. We’ll call this, Phase 2.5:

Resuming Sunday 11 a.m. Hour Ministry

Starting September 6, we will start some of our Sunday 11:00 a.m. ministry in a modified format. Children’s classes will begin again, with Journey Groups for elementary and the Greenhouse for Preschool. Of course, nursery is already open. Sigma and L3inC, our middle school and high school groups, will begin meeting again in the Cave and the Teen House respectively. Emails will be going to families of children and youth with information. For adults, we will offer an elective, “The Life of God,” taught by Greg Fox, hosted in the Fellowship Hall. Registration for this class is now open.

Resuming Men’s and Women’s Ministries

Men, please join us for a seven-week study through the book of Daniel starting September 10. Men will meet in pairs on their own and participate in two whole-group Zoom sessions.

Women, you’re invited to participate in a study through the Psalms. We’ll be using pre-recorded video lessons by our own teachers combined with forty-five minute Zoom small group discussions.

Plans for Our Sunday Gathering

  • We meet at our normal time of 9:30 a.m. and stagger seating for social distancing between individuals or families. We offer overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall and utilize video. For now, we will continue offering a livestream of the service to those who are inhibited from joining us due to the coronavirus. We will send a link each Friday to those who request it. Please sign up in order to be put on this distribution list.
  • We have modified our service in several ways: we will not pass the plate, but we remain partners, so plan to give online or through one of the giving boxes on site. We have suspended the ordinances of baptism and communion for a period of time.
  • We disinfect the church between Sundays. This will include door handles, light switches, handrails, etc.

What we’re asking you to do

  • Stay home if that’s best. If you are in a high-risk category, you may need to stay home for now. If you are sick, you should also stay home.
  • Observe social distancing practices. Please do your best to honor this in your unplanned interactions. Along these lines, wear a face covering if you prefer. There are good reasons to wear a mask, for your sake and the sake of others. And there are fine reasons not to.
  • Be easy on one another and easy to lead. Let’s continue to bear with one another, believe the best, and be easy to lead in this season.

Temporary Livestream Email Link

Jesus has been so kind to give us to one another. Livestream is not church, as it does not allow us to fulfill Jesus’ many gracious commands for our mutual encouragement. But for a limited period of time, we will offer a livestream option. The purpose of this livestream is to serve those who cannot join us in person due to coronavirus-related health considerations.

Sign up if you would like to receive the weekly livestream link via email. The link will be sent on Fridays to those who request it.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, click the link in the email from your computer. A tablet or a smartphone will work too. You can join as early as 9:20 a.m. 

If you remain at home, print out an Order of Worship to help follow along. If you can’t join us for the service, sermon audio will be available as usual in the early afternoon at Sermon Audio and at the church site.