Welcome Summer sun, and welcome Holy Spirit whose coming we celebrate at Pentecost. I want to thank you all again for your patience and care during this time of being the church from our homes.
Our conference leadership and congregation leaders have been planning, and the days have finally come when we can begin some face to face gatherings.
First, if you would like for me to visit you in person, I would be glad to do so. We can discuss appropriate precautions based on your circumstances.
Also, the phases of reopening the church, which I mentioned last month, have moved more quickly than I expected. The office is open with somewhat variable hours, and Prayer group and Ad Council met in person on May 26, both with masks and distance between people. Other committees and small groups can now meet, with precautions, as the chair and members feel safe doing so. Anyone who prefers to participate from home can continue to connect with other group members through zoom or phone. Please contact the leader of your group, committee, or team about plans for your meetings.
You are also invited to worship together beginning May 31. We will follow all CDC guidelines, like the use of masks and social distancing, to the best of our ability, so please join us in a spirit of cooperation and grace. Sunday School, coffee hour, communion, and singing in person will begin at a later date.
As much as I would love to see all of you present in worship, I still encourage you to participate in church life from home if your age and health make you especially vulnerable to Covid-19. To make home participation easier, I will continue to offer the scripture and sermon through Facebook and our website for the foreseeable future. In order to make web access easier for those who do not have Facebook, I will record the message during the service and post it on Facebook and website afterward. I will also continue sharing a daily scripture meditation on my facebook page.
Blessings for our continued journey toward in-person ministry.