Dear PUMC Church Family,
Beginning Sunday, January 24, 2021: We will revert to a 10:30 online-only Sunday worship service.
The Vision Team and COVID Response Team met, January 18th, to discuss reopening. We have heard from several people who are really struggling by not being able to worship in person. This has been such a difficult season for all of us! Our decisions have always been focused on keeping our church family (including volunteers and staff) safe. We know COVID affects people physically, but the isolation has impacted people in other ways, as well.
We prayerfully made the decision to open the church for the 10:30 Sunday Worship Service for those who feel safe meeting in person. We are taking precautions to make it as safe as possible, but we still encourage those with a compromised immune system to continue worshiping online. Also, if you have any symptoms, or if you have been around anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID, we ask that you continue to worship with us online as well.
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. As you enter the church, we will have a volunteer take your temperature and ask the basic health questions recommended by the CDC. We will require masks and have hand sanitizer stands available. Please note the coffee & breakfast bar, Sunday School classrooms, and nursery will not be available at this time.
Please understand that we will do all we can to keep everyone safe. At this time, we will only have the 10:30 service, blending both traditional hymns as well as contemporary praise music. As more folks join us in person, we plan to begin the 8:30 service, as well. We have decided the 10:30 service will continue to be offered online for those who are not able to attend in person.
I personally want to thank the Vision Team and COVID Response Team for their dedication and care. There is not one answer that works for everyone; many factors have to be considered. I assure you much prayerful thought has gone into every decision they/we have made. Thank you for understanding.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you Sunday, either online or in person!
Know that we are doing the best we can, and we care deeply for all our church family! Please let us know how we can serve you.
Wendy Minshall, pastor
From, Your Covid Response Team, Vision Team, & Church Staff