COVID POLICY: The Session has adopted a COVID care policy for the health and well being of the congregation that’s compliant with other business standards but involves everyone who might be in the church buildings rather than just employees of the church. Here are our standards and expectations. Not following these guidelines will result in you being asked not to attend in-person activities.
When attending group meetings at the church, wear a mask (over your mouth and nose) and practice physical distancing.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID – do not attend any in-person functions at the church. (Fever, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue, coughing, etc. …)
If you have been in direct contact with anyone who is positive for COVID, you will not be in any of the buildings of the church for a minimum of 14 days.
If you have tested positive for COVID, a negative test is required before entering any church building.
You will notify a church staff member or Session member if you were a participant in a group or present at the church and test positive for COVID so we can share (confidentially) with those who might have been exposed.
ELECTION/INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS – On the first Sunday of the month, September 6, we will host online worship over Zoom beginning with a congregational meeting to elect the slate of officers for the upcoming year (September – August). Nominated for 3-year terms are Roger Cole and Vicki Neeley, and for a 2-year term, Terry Alexander. PLEASE attend if you are able, this requires a quorum AND Terry is being ordained. Let’s make this special for her!
RALLY DAY – Our Rally Day this year will be on September 13, live at the church. (Rain date, September 20) It will be quite different from other Rally Days in the past. Here is the plan – from 11 a.m. to noon, Pastor Kerra will host one BRIEF prayer time in the garden at 11 a.m. and another one in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. with time to “visit” in between. Please choose ONE of the prayer options to attend so we can space out participants. ALL will be expected to wear masks and maintain physical distancing practices who participate. Folks are welcome to do “drive up” and open windows to hear and wave at friends they’ve been missing if you don’t feel comfortable in a more open space. We know that you’ve been missing your friends and being able to see faces, so we want to start off Fall with the opportunity to do just that. (Following that gathering, we will post a video to Facebook of our time together. If you prefer not to be on the video – please tell Ryleigh not to aim her iPhone at you!)
WORSHIP – Our full worship service will continue to be live on Facebook through the end of October for the safety of the congregation. Pastor Kerra will send out the Worship Guide beforehand, and email the direct link once the recording is up. Manuscripts can be found on the sermon page of this website.
SMALL GROUPS – The Session has heard the concern that you are missing in-person contact. Our goal is to be able to host a few small groups in the church space, but we need your full cooperation to be able to do that. Currently, we are only cleaning once a week (THURSDAYS), so any space that is used, cannot be used again until it has been cleaned and disinfected for the next group. We are open to having a prayer group, fellowship group, or study group gather, but we will need to have sign ups and limited spaces, so if you are interested in starting one of your own – please contact Pastor Kerra for scheduling. We will NOT schedule on Thursdays to give Shelby the opportunity to fully clean for the following week. To get this started – Pastor Kerra will host a “meet with the Pastor” group on Tuesday’s from 11 a.m. – noon on September 22, and 29. You will need to RESERVE your spot to attend. This is a time to share what your needs are for in person gatherings.
BOOK STUDY: In September, we will begin an adult book study of Timothy Keller’s book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. Pastor Kerra and our incoming intern Sam Zeigler will co-teach this class over Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:30 starting on September 20. If you are able, please give the Zoom format a try so we can help Sam interact with adults in the congregation!