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Dear Church family,

A couple of weeks ago two people attended church on Sunday and later became ill on Tuesday, testing positive for COVID-19. Because of the potential widespread exposure and the unpredictable nature of COVID infections, and the number of infected people in our communities continually increasing we are taking additional steps in the interest of health and safety.

 

To get your input, a survey was sent inquiring about your preferences and concerns. We have thoroughly evaluated your input with much prayer and lengthy discussions. As a result, we have settled on a course of action through January 31, 2021. As we approach the end of January, we will evaluate and determine whether these actions will continue, or if we can relax.

 

Starting Sunday, December 27 and continuing through Sunday, January 31, 2021 we will implement the following policies.

  1. Adult Bible Classes at 9 AM on Sunday will continue as is, masks required in room 200, masks optional in room 212

  2. All children and students from 1st grade through 12th grade are required to wear masks while in church activities, including all weekday activities.

  3. Masks are optional for children under 1st grade in age.

  4. Worship Service – masks are required in the auditorium at 10:45 AM for the duration of the service as well as while entering and exiting.

  5. Optional Worship participation - For those who have medical concerns about wearing masks or who have a personal conviction against wearing masks, the service will be streamed live to room 212. If you are maskless, please be considerate of others and confine your interactions with others to room 212 or outside the building in the nice, fresh air.

 

As your pastor and staff, we recognize our body is very diverse. We are blessed with an abundance of strong, passionate and intelligent people with a wide variety of perspectives on COVID-19 (and everything else). Our staff share many of those diverse opinions. So, understand that we are, before God, doing what we believe is in the long-term best interest of Fellowship. Our goal is to return promptly to a more normal practice. Until then we seek to be sensitive, loving and respectful of people’s different views because we love the people who have them.

Paul wrote in Philippians 2

 

“If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, 2 complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. 3 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. 5 You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had”

As we grow to love God, love people everywhere, and join Jesus on his mission we recognize the. challenges involved in these decisions. Nonetheless we ask you to love each other enough to be cautious together.

As always, I’m privileged to be your pastor and to lead a loving and caring staff,

Mike

 

PS – Cindy is home and recovering, though she feels something like being run over by a large truck. But things are progressing normally and so far, without major complications. Thank you for the prayers, meals, calls and texts checking on us both!

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