Reopening Update 5-28

Dear Church Family,

In response to Governor Murphy’s announcement about lifting restrictions on May 28th and June 4th, we are making the following changes to our policies:

  • We are lifting our mask mandate for all fully vaccinated individuals effective this Sunday, May 30th;
  • Even though social distancing requirements will be lifted on May 28th, we will still be seating people in every other pew until all capacity restrictions are lifted on June 4th;
  • We encourage people who still want to wear a mask to do so;
  • Committees, Sunday school classes, grow groups, etc. may require masks or distancing or other procedures we had established. That is at the discretion of the appropriate chairperson or leader;
  • We will continue to follow state and CDC guidance and make decisions accordingly.

This is a giant step forward for our church! Though we are not out of this tunnel yet, the light at the end is so much closer. I know we will get through this as we continue to trust in God and take care of each other. Our congregation has done an excellent job throughout this pandemic by responding quickly and acting faithfully to keep one another safe. I was talking to someone earlier this week about how grateful I am for our congregation. We have endured much and many of us have been touched by COVID, either getting it ourselves or watching others suffer from it. We have even grieved together over the loss of loved ones to the virus. Yet, we have also kept the virus from spreading throughout our congregation, even when our county had one of the highest number of cases in the state. We have never needed to notify our congregation of an exposure at our services or events. We have never been the cause of a surge in cases. Instead, we have continued to worship and serve Jesus Christ in old and new ways. That is all because of you. From the members of our Reopening Task Force, our Church Council, our Worship Committee, Children and Family Ministries team, Hospitality team, and all who adapted gracefully by following our guidelines responsibly, whether they agreed with them or not, everyone in our FUMC family played an important part in getting us to where we are.

We are not done yet. So, let us stay faithful to God and one another and be the love of Jesus to everyone, everywhere, every time.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor John

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