Fall COVID Update

Seating

One of the joys of worshiping outside during the summer was that we had all the space we needed for our MCRC family and guests. In moving indoors, we are faced with the challenge of how to seat all who wish to gather and to do so appropriately physically distanced. Our sanctuary holds roughly 130 people when spaced appropriately. On Sunday mornings during the summer, we had nearly 250 people in attendance!

In order to worship at one service, we will rotate which LiFE Groups are asked to worship in the fellowship hall, where the live service will be projected.  Please check the most recent bulletin for next week’s fellowship hall seating.

Masks

Although there are many opinions about the efficacy of masks and the dangers of COVID-19, the Governor’s directive of July 15, 2020 is clear that churches must require masks for gathering indoors, and so we, following this directive, will require masks for worship. We don’t believe this is an issue that calls for taking a stand contrary to those in governing authority. We intend to diligently focus on what we can do together and pray we keep this in the forefront. We celebrate that we can…

Worship
Pray
Sing
Read scripture
Play instruments
Proclaim and hear God’s Word
Take communion
We can be together!

We pray that the health of the community, and the reduction in the spread of the virus will make masks and other physical distancing no longer necessary. Until that day, let’s celebrate what we can do, and continue to pray for the day when these limitations will be no more.

If you do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors, we will continue to offer a livestream via the internet. We do, however, pray that if you can, you will gather in person at church for worship. God has called us to be together. Although technology wonderfully provides a way to worship when we cannot physically be together, we pray we will seek to be together for worship when able. Community and fellowship are such critical parts of what God intended for the church (see Acts 2:42 and Hebrews 10:25).

Nursery and Tot Church

The nursery is open for all those ages 0-2. More volunteers are always welcome. Please let the office know.

Tot Church has also begun for age 3-pre-K. Like the nursery, volunteers to help with this ministry are also needed.

Sunday School

Sunday School is beginning on November 15th at 9:00 a.m. Masks are required. Children will enter through the east kitchen door, have their temperature checked, and proceed to their classrooms.

So, as we look to the future, as we daily witness division all around, let us hold fast to the Word of God, and seek to live out Paul’s words to the Ephesians,

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:2-5)

May God continue to unite us. May the witness of Christ’s church be strong and clear through these challenging times.

Posted by Julie Witte

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