Worship

Worship

Welcome to our Worship 

Return to In-Person Worship, Small Groups coming in February

Our COVID-19 Task Force met this week (January 19) and made a plan to return In-Person Worship and Small Group activities beginning in February. The group felt that with a declining number of cases, the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccinations, and updated orders from the State of Michigan, it was appropriate to plan a transition back to worship and church activities.

In-Person Worship will return with the beginning of the Lenten Season. The first In-Person Worship Services will be held on Thursday, February 18 (6:30 pm) and Sunday, February 21 (10:30 am). There will be a limit of 65 persons at each worship service. We will use Eventbrite for worship reservations. Reservations can be made beginning Monday, February 1. We encourage everyone to make a reservation for worship as this provides the staff with a participant list in case contact tracing becomes necessary.  You do not need to bring the Eventbrite ticket to worship.

There will not be an 8:30 Sunday morning worship at this time however, it could be returned in the future if worship attendance demands a third service. Also, Ash Wednesday and Wednesday Lenten Services will be held online only. A service featuring Drive-Up Holy Communion and Self-Imposition of Ashes will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:00 pm in the church parking lot.

Small Groups (such as Confirmation, Hand Bells, Quilters, Shop Guys, and others) may return beginning February 1. These groups may have 10 or less participants. Group leaders should check-in with the church office for further details including a start date and location. These groups will be required to track participants, wear masks, and maintain social distancing protocols at all times.


Protocols for In-Person 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 in the past, 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.


Admission Tickets for In-Person Worship

Please use the following directions to reserve your free tickets to attend worship.

  1. Go to Eventbrite.
  2. Select the Worship Service you wish to attend & click the date to begin.
  3. On the Event page, click the green “REGISTER” button to begin.
  4. Select the number of tickets you wish to order. You may order up to 10 tickets. If you need more, please make additional orders. Click the orange “REGISTER” button.
  5. Add your name and email address to the order on the Check Out page. Click the orange “REGISTER” button.
  6. Your ticket order will be sent to your email address.  You may either PRINT your tickets - a PDF file with your tickets will be attached to the email, OR you may download the Eventbrite App and add the tickets to your phone.
  7. Bring your printed ticket(s) or show your ticket via the Eventbrite App to the ushers when you arrive at Worship.

If you need assistance with your ticket order, please contact the Church Office (231-744-1522). We look forward to seeing you at Worship!


Accessibility

Our church building is handicap accessible. To access the sanctuary for worship, please use the front doors facing Whitehall Road.  Other parts of our building are accessible by an elevator located in the hallway behind the Fellowship Hall. If you require additional accommodations, please contact the church office at 231-744-1522 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Worship Services

Thursdays, 6:30 pm
In-person Worship
Sanctuary

Sundays, 10:30 am
In-person Worship
Sanctuary

Sundays, 10:30 am
Online Worship
Facebook or YouTube

 

Contacts

Bill Uetricht
Pastor
231-744-1522
Paula Dusseljee
Intern
231-744-1522
Shar Bourdon
Music Coordinator
231-744-1522
Karl Ziemelis
Audio-Visual Technician
231-744-1522