July 27, 2020
Family and Friends:
A few weeks ago we were all hopeful that the pandemic issues would subside and family life, work, the economy, schools, and church would begin returning to some kind of normal. Even as other areas experienced great hardship, we hoped our little rural community might be spared. In many respects we have been—but in recent days the threat of Covid-19 has come home for Ohio County and for our friends and neighbors. For instance, we are all praying for our friends at Signature Health Care as they cope with an outbreak among their staff and residents. Even closer to home, we know that people in our congregation have been impacted by exposure to other individuals who have tested positive, and in a couple of cases have tested positive themselves though largely asymptomatic.
These situations reinforce our commitment to making the best decisions and using the best judgment possible as we seek to promote both your physical and spiritual well-being. So let us reiterate the principles and procedures that will guide our worship on Sundays:
- If you are a high-risk individual or not comfortable in gathering together, please stay home with our blessing and worship through our livestream or worship in the Safe Area at the CAC.
- If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please stay home and worship through the livestream.
- If you attend in person, we will be insisting that you remain masked and socially distant while entering and exiting the building, that you sit as households at least 6 feet from other households, and that you remain masked through the singing part of worship.
- Refrain from handshakes, hugs, or being in close proximity to others.
- If our attendance reaches allowable capacity, late arrivers will need to return home and worship via livestream (if this becomes an issue, we will explore multiple services or other solutions).
We know that all our precautions will not prevent possible exposure to this pervasive virus—just as all the steps taken in our community, country, and world serve only to try to limit its impact. More than ever we need to be people who care for one another, sacrifice for the sake of others, and pray with urgency for the needs of our families and our world. If you have any concerns or questions, give us a call.