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July 3, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For many weeks now your Church Council has been working, and praying, towards the ability to offer indoor church services. We have followed the guidelines established by the Governor, state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control. Before we open our doors it is important to share more information with you.
WHAT WE KNOW
Covid-19 is spread mainly through close contact between people. Medical experts believe respiratory droplets produced when one coughs, sneezes or talks can spread the virus from an infected individual to another person. The respiratory droplets can land in the mouth or noses of nearby people and possibly can get inhaled into the lungs. This is why maintaining at least six feet distance between people is so important to help to reduce the chance for exposure. And, some people may not show any symptoms of having Covid-19 and are actually infected and may be able to spread the virus if precautions are not taken.
The Covid-19 virus can also be spread by touching a surface or an object with the virus on it and then touching the eyes, mouth or nose. While researchers do not believe this to be the main way the virus is spread, medical experts are still asking precautions be taken to help reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The best way to prevent getting the virus is to avoid being exposed. The Centers for Disease Control lists the following as some of the best ways to avoid becoming infected with the virus:
- Maintain good social distancing, about 6 feet.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
As required by the state, we have developed a Covid-19 Safety and Exposure Control Plan for Christ the Servant. This plan meets the state’s requirements for holding indoor services for religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 2 and Phase 3 counties. We have also developed an employee exposure control and safety plan for our employees and volunteer servants. This plan meets all Labor and Industry safety requirements for Covid-19.
Council has designated the congregations Parish Nurse, Susan Dennie, as our lead safety person for this pandemic. Susan has been a key player in the development of the required written plans and has been training staff and volunteer servants in the required safety precautions.
Council has taken efforts to keep the congregation informed and will continue to do so throughout the pandemic.
WHAT IS AHEAD
We need to continue keeping the congregation informed and up to date on the impacts of Covid-19 on the church and how we will carry on preaching the Good News. While we are looking forward to returning to our church building the timing will not be the same for everyone. Each member needs to consider their needs for protection against contracting the virus and make a conscious decision to attend indoor services or abstain for the time being.
We should all realize returning to our House of God will be quite different from the past as we will be spread out, wearing face coverings and using hand sanitizers. There is a maximum occupancy of 50% of our Fire Code limit, or 83 people, allowed in the Sanctuary. This number will be adjusted in order to maintain 6 feet of social distancing between chairs. Family units may move the chairs closer together but must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other congregants or family units. All who enter the church must wear face coverings throughout their time in the church. The face covering may be in the form of a face mask or a face shield. For the time being, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will not be offered. There will be no choir but we will have musicians (who will be practicing safety precautions). While we may be sharing the Peace we will do so without touching and will be wearing face coverings. We will not be using the kitchens, nursery, classrooms or community room at this time. The restrooms will be open for use but are limited to no more than two persons inside the restrooms at any one time. Congregants waiting to use the restrooms must maintain 6 feet of social distancing while waiting to use the restroom.
While we are all looking forward to returning to God’s house on JULY 26TH at 10:00 am, the timing will not be the same for everyone. Some members will not be able to safely join us for worship in the sanctuary because of existing health conditions. Maintaining your health safety is of utmost importance to us. For this reason, we are going to continue to offer our church services online. We have been recording the service for several weeks and posting on our web page, when we move to indoor services we will be live streaming the service. More information will be coming soon on this new venture.
Luther reminds us there is nothing in heaven but open windows and doors…it is wide open in Christ…given and shed for you. We know the Gospel is meant to be shared openly and in person and the church is supposed to be open to all. This Covid-19 pandemic quarantine has been hard on all of us, psychologically and spiritually. And, some of our members, family and friends have suffered economically. The closure of in church services, businesses and social activities has caused some to have deep fears. Health experts have provided us guidance for returning to indoor services. We have followed the guidance and have plans in place to allow us to come together in person soon. Remember, there is only one answer to this broken world…Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus apply to all of us, “come to me all who are heavily laden and I will give you rest.”
Church Council is targeting Sunday, July 26th as our opening date. Indoor services will begin at 10:00 am. For the immediate future we are only holding one Sunday service and the Order of Worship will be slightly modified.
Let us remember Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” and nothing will separate us from the GRACE of God which is in Christ Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
The Church Council
Christ the Servant Lutheran
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.