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Bars, Strip Clubs and Churches?

A Message from Pastor Eric

The headlines for a New York Times article caught my attention. It read, “Bars, Strip Clubs and Churches: U.S. Virus Outbreaks Enter Unwieldy Phase.” I cannot remember these three entities sharing a mutual concern. They are not my idea of the holy trinity (intentionally spelled with lower case letters, so I do not get struck by lightning.)

The point the article was making, as we relax gathering restrictions, these three places have proven to make people vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19. It is the warning we have been waiting to receive.

We had started to explore what it would take to return to in-person, indoor worship. The news of recent outbreaks has put a hold on doing anything indoors at this time. The longer we wait, the more we learn. The more we know, the safer it will be to hold an indoor worship experience. 

Therefore, we are not going to attempt to worship in the sanctuary until after Labor Day Weekend. We will, however, continue to offer more outdoor worship experiences. At the same time, we will continue offering our YouTube worship for those unable to attend.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Until we meet, wear a mask in public, wash your hands, and keep appropriate physical distance from your neighbor. Yet, let us remain spiritually connected in the process.