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From the Elders…
“What are you going to do about it now?” That question is then frequently followed with an opinion on what we should do. The question and accompanying opinions have been directed at each of us elders individually and as a consistory for many months each time something occurs regarding the COVID pandemic.
We hasten to say we understand and appreciate that both the question and opinions offered reflect a genuine love and concern for one another. That is how it should be in a household of faith that professes each week that we believe in the communion of the saints. We apologize for the length of this announcement; however, it is too important a matter to be treated with brevity.
In a special consistory meeting Wednesday night we again wrestled, struggled and earnestly prayed that we would be guided to make reasoned decisions that best reflect a balanced policy that considers and respects the differing thoughts on this matter while providing peace of mind, guarding our physical health and nurturing our spiritual welfare. We are keenly aware of the wide spectrum of opinions on this matter and we recognize and respect the thoughtful concerns and valid reasons for the divergent opinions. That is so even within our consistory; but, even while we struggled with this, we all agreed we shared a common goal and agreed that as a consistory and a congregation we must be respectful of other’s opinions, set aside personal preferences, and guard against being judgmental and becoming polarized; thereby providing an opening for Satan to cause division among us.
In the Word of God we are commanded to worship and are admonished to not forsake the gathering together of the saints. Individually, consistorally and as a household of faith we must take these words seriously. We are all familiar with the analogy/example of what happens to a piece of burning charcoal when it is moved away from the others.
Therefore; mindful of all the aforementioned the following motion was made, supported and passed that we set aside a specific area for those who would have greater peace of mind with wearing a face covering along with those surrounding them AND allowing them to exit the building first before the other congregants. We sincerely hope this will be an encouragement to those who out of concerns for their personal safety and/or the endangering of others have been reluctant to come previously.
To further maximize the intent of this policy we respectfully request that only those wearing face coverings be allowed to use the NORTH side door when entering and exiting the building. Seating will be a choice either in the NORTH SIDE of the narthex OR a section in the rear of the NORTH SIDE of the sanctuary. All others are asked to please use the FRONT and/or SOUTH entry when entering. ALSO, if you do not feel well (even if it is “just a cold”); PLEASE stay home and “livestream” OR if you do not have that capacity, there are other opportunities for meaningful worship via radio or TV or personal devotion.
At this time all other education classes, Bible studies, societies, groups and activities will continue as scheduled.
Thank you for your commitment, patience, consideration and understanding as we travel this temporary path together and as we have ofttimes sung at the conclusion of our evening worship service – “God be with you ‘til we meet again.”
In His Service,
The Elders of Cornerstone URC