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From the Elders…
We are opening worship services for the entire congregation this coming Sunday, May 31, with safeguards!
The Elders again have reviewed the current conditions with the COVID-19 pandemic and believe that, Lord willing, we can conduct morning and evening worship services in a safe and God honoring way this coming Sunday. This Sunday we are encouraging all of our members (without underlying health concerns) to attend both services. For the foreseeable future, the Elders will be regularly reviewing the pandemic situation and may need to modify some of the group-size variables for future worship services.
We are asking the congregation to follow the distancing guidelines which are in place to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are acutely aware of the need to practice appropriate infection control for the sake of our congregation and community.
The guidelines are the same as before. We believe there is adequate seating in the sanctuary with 6 ft. social distancing to accommodate the whole congregation. This week, we will again have ushers in the sanctuary to help with seating. When available, please sit towards the middle of the row so that the ushers can utilize all the available seating and spread people out as best they can. We also will have overflow seating in the narthex for late comers or those who feel more comfortable sitting in back.
Since we will all be together on Sunday, we will be recognizing our recent graduates. Due to the pandemic these beloved members have not been recognized at their respective schools for their significant accomplishments, so we especially want to encourage them within our church family. Unfortunately, we will not be serving refreshments after the service for purposes associated with infection control. This Sunday we will also bear public testimony to God’s ongoing faithfulness to His church via His raising up men to serve as office-bearers. Elders and Deacons will be installed during the morning service.
We praise the Lord that He has and continues to carry us through these recent events. Our congregation has been blessed with health and strength. The live-streaming broadcasts have been well attended. The Deacons have reported steady support through these months. Thank-you congregation for your faithfulness to the Lord in remembering the church during your time of absence. And now let us return to worship our God together in spirit and truth in our AM and PM services.
Please remember, no one is under obligation to attend services or participate in the Lord’s Supper. We are providing reasonable safeguards at church to minimize the spread of the virus, but each individual and household is encouraged to evaluate their own risks for COVID-19 and exercise appropriate caution. We especially ask those at higher risk to excuse themselves from attending. Check with your health care provider if you are unsure if you are at risk. The Elders will seek to provide alternative spiritual support to those who are absent.
As we look to the future, we place ourselves on the sure foundation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In His Service,
The Elders of Cornerstone URC