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Our new Fall Worship Schedule will offer three Services in the Sanctuary

Light the candles, bring in the flowers, and warm up the organ, we’re returning to worship in the Sanctuary!  

Our Pandemic-Response Committee has carefully considered your feedback from the Fall Worship Survey and has established three worship services beginning Thursday, October 1.

  • Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm (begins Thursday, October 1)
  • Sunday Mornings at 8:30 am (begins Sunday, October 4)
  • Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am (begins Sunday, October 4)

All three services will be the same and this schedule will continue through Thursday, December 31. We will evaluate this schedule again at that time.

We will videotape the Thursday evening service to use on Facebook and YouTube at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings as we’ve been doing since early March. The videotaped service will become a permanent part of our worship schedule. 

Before you plan to return to your favorite pew, however, there are a few things we need to share with you.

Each worship service will be limited to 60 persons to ensure safety and social distancing. Masks will be required.  We ask that you register for worship using the Eventbrite ticketing system for services so, in the event we need to do contact tracing, we have a list of everyone who attended worship.

  1. As you enter the church building, please sanitize your hands.  Upon entering the sanctuary you may pick up wine and bread for Holy Communion or you’re welcome to bring your own elements.
  2. An usher may seat you and your family, like guests at a wedding, from the front to the back. This is to ensure we have enough safe seating for all who are registered to attend worship. We kindly ask that you follow the ushers’ lead and do not request a specific location unless you need handicap access.
  3. As we have done at summer worship, there will be no singing. And because there is no singing and to keep the church clean, we have removed the hymnals and Bibles. You’re welcome to bring your own Bible! We will use the screen to share scripture, too.
  4. Following worship, the ushers might dismiss you by pews - also just like at a wedding! This is to ensure social distancing. We ask that you exit the building as quickly as possible and limit more extended conversations to the outside.  We ask that you kindly refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or other person-to-person contact. Thank you for your understanding!
  5. Restrooms will be open in the church during worship. We ask that you accompany any young children to the restrooms to ensure handwashing and safety protocols are followed.  We will not be providing Nursery at this time.

We ask for your kind patience and grace as we make another transition in our worship and life together during this COVID-19 pandemic. As Christians, we are called to care for one another -- and we are committed to ensuring your safety while providing opportunities for worship, education, service, and fellowship.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Pastor Bill Uetricht or the church office at 231-744-1522.

Contacts

Bill Uetricht
Pastor
231-744-1522