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May 13, 2021 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
My heart is filled with joy as I think about the idea of seeing faces in the pews on Sunday morning. Thanks to the work of the Regathering Team and the Council we have a solid plan in place to open on June 6th. We have waited over a year for this day and it will soon be here!
 
In our preparation to gather, I think it is important for us to remember that the pandemic isn’t over. Yes, the Governor lifted all of the mandated restrictions but that does not mean that we are totally out of the woods. The Regathering Team, Council and I all feel that we want to proceed slowly and with caution, following the CDC and State’s best practices guidelines. This means that worship will look a little different to start. We will have limited and planned seating to ensure social distancing in the sanctuary; you will need to sign up for worship; refrain from singing and wear a mask (the entire set of guidelines are attached). These were developed out of love and concern to keep everyone safe.
 
It will feel a bit strange for a while, maybe even unwelcoming, as we can’t accommodate someone coming in off of the street. When those feelings arise, remember, we are still dealing with COVID. Things are getting better and hopefully as we go along we will be able to loosen some of the guidelines that we have in place.
 
From here on out, we will continue to livestream services so that “no matter where you are” you will be able to join us for worship. This is a good place to remind you that we will be live streaming. What you say and what you do will be on social media. For that reason, please avoid sharing prayer concerns for others unless you have their permission. It is also a good idea not to use last names. If you have a private prayer concern you can always share it directly with me. Parents, please note that if your children come up for the children’s message that they will also be captured on social media.
 
On behalf of the Regathering Team, the council and myself, thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this first phase of regathering.
 
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Mike