It was absolutely wonderful to worship with many of you in-person this past Sunday. I have heard from several of you that it was a very moving experience. At the same time, I am encouraged by the quality of the livestream and the several reports that the “at-home” experience was similarly meaningful. Importantly, the time together also felt safe. Thank you for your compliance with the uncomfortable, but necessary, social distancing guidelines that we have set in place. Also, we thanked him on Sunday, but Bear Klenda deserves multiple rounds of applause for his work in making the worship experience at home and in person possible. Thank you Bear!
Now that we have one in-person service under our belts, many of you may be wondering about the plan for worship going forward. The COVID Commission met this past Monday and the plan coming out of that meeting is that we will continue to meet outside and in person at 9:30 a.m., as we did this past Sunday, unless there is a new state restriction preventing us from doing so. We will continue to observe the social distancing requirements of six feet separation and the mandatory wearing of masks by anyone older than ten years old. We will also continue to offer the livestream option for those of you who need to, or choose to, stay at home on Sunday mornings. As a reminder to those of you who are choosing to attend in person, notification of a cancellation due to weather will be emailed out on Saturday evening. In the event that we do have to cancel because of weather, the service will be held exclusively via Zoom at 9:30 a.m with a link to the service emailed out about an hour prior to the start. We look forward to when we can begin to hold other in-person gatherings outside of Sunday morning. For now, though, we are pleased that our first in-person worship service was a success, and we look forward to worshipping with you again this Sunday, whether virtually or in person.
If you have any questions or concerns about this plan or are curious about the logistics of the in-person service please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, the office at email@example.com, or any of the elders currently serving on Session.