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In-person worship to resume Sunday, October 4, 2020

Deacons voted in a special called meeting on September 27 to reopen worship services on Sunday, October 4. This vote follows the recommendation of the Reopening Task Force to open worship services to the congregation.

The Task Force has been meeting regularly the past several weeks to discuss and plan the appropriate time and procedures for the reopening. In addition, your deacons have spent considerable time discussing this at each of their meetings. We take great care and responsibility in doing everything possible to provide a safe and sanitary environment in which to gather. We are thankful for this opportunity to again worship together.

But, please be aware that your worship experience will be somewhat different. Please review our Reopening Protocols. We ask that everyone enter and exit through the Welcome Center. Everyone who enters the church must wear a mask while inside the building and will need to sign in prior to entering the sanctuary. Some pews will be inaccessible and nuclear families should sit together with at least 6 feet between anyone else. You are asked to refrain from congregating/lingering in the Welcome Center before or after services and observe social distancing.

While we feel the time has come to worship together again at church, please understand that there may still be risks particularly among those with chronic illness and the elderly. We encourage anyone who has concerns about their health and safety to worship with us virtually. We will still be broadcasting on the radio and live on our Facebook page.

We ask for your patience, prayers, and understanding as we navigate through this phase of our return to worship together.

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