Dear PUMC Church Family,
It has been the goal of our Vision Team throughout the pandemic to ‘do no harm’ and to protect the most vulnerable in our congregation. These decisions have not been easy, nor have we taken them lightly. Just like the congregation itself, our Vision Team has had varying opinions on this issue. We have, however, agreed if wearing masks made it safer for those folks who are struggling health wise, we would gladly do whatever it takes.
As the new CDC recommendations have been made for fully vaccinated people, we are making changes. For those vaccinated, you will not be required to wear masks in the church building. We do ask that if you have not been vaccinated, please continue to wear masks and take social distance measures to help protect those in our congregation who have weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications and those going through cancer treatment. We understand that some folks will prefer to wear masks, especially in busier or smaller areas, and we welcome that.
We will continue to prayerfully assess the situation and make changes as needed. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html#vaccinated)
-Peculiar UMC’s Vision Team
Note from the pastor:
I completely respect the decision each person makes regarding vaccines. Some have already gotten them, some plan to do so. Some are skeptical and some are unable. These are private and personal matters. We will not be asking folks about their vaccination status; we will use the honor system, trusting that they will wear masks and socially distance inside the church building because we have members who are currently going through chemo treatments and folks who are immune compromised.
Expect to see some folks still wearing masks and please respect that. Again, we each have our own personal reasons. With or without a mask, in person or online- I’m just grateful to worship together! We’re all part of God’s family, different, unique and equally loved.
We have purchased and installed an air purification system and have placed chairs apart within the sanctuary. We ask you to maintain social distancing as you enter, as you are seated, and as you leave. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available. Please note the coffee & breakfast bar, Sunday School classrooms, and nursery will not be available at this time. Hope you will join us in person at 8:30am or 10:30am, or online at 10:30am.
Wendy Minshall, pastor