We Are Gathering for In-Person Worship!

August 19, 2021


Dear friends,
I want to update you on the new Covid protocols adopted by our Session on Tuesday night, August 17. I’m sure most of you are aware that Covid cases are rising in the United States again and rising in Indiana and in Elkhart county. Today our case count is 19.9 cases per 100,000 which is only five points away from being in the red. Most of the counties in Indiana are already in red with a few of them in the maroon color that was added during the big surge last winter. The CDC has listed Elkhart county in the highest risk color and recommends mask for all people when indoors.
The session continues to monitor our situation carefully and so has adopted a mask requirement for everyone attending worship or entering the building during the week. Masks will be required at any “in person” meetings and the staff is wearing masks in the building again. The session and I are disappointed to be returning to masks in late summer, but we are also grateful that masks allow us to continue to safely gather for worship. We will also continue to social distance in both services and to dismiss the congregation after worship to visit with one another outside.
The session also discussed other aspects of our life together. We will be returning to a shortened education hour on Sept 12th. Traditional Worship will continue at 9:30 for now. The Education Hour will begin at 10:20. Wired Word will convene outside for now in the east parking lot. If it’s raining they will meet under the Portico. The Children’s class will meet under the porch outside the office doors. Bridge will continue to meet at 11:00 AM. Here’s the schedule:
9:30 Traditional Worship
10:20 Wired Word and Children’s Education
11:00 Bridge Contemporary Worship
The session also affirmed our desire to go ahead with Trunk or Treat (with homemade shoots like last year). The Children’s and Music ministries have also put together a plan for a weekday outreach program for children called Music and More. Careful thought has been given as to how we may proceed with this new ministry is ways that are safe for children, staff and adult volunteers.
I so appreciate the commitment and prayers of this congregation as we seek to creatively serve our Lord in these unusual times. Please continue to hold our church leaders in your prayers as we strive to safely shepherd our congregation and honor the Lord our God.
Yours in Christ’ service,
Rev. Dr. Sally Wicks
Real-time CovidActNow infection information for Elkhart