Psalm 122:1

Feb 23 Reentry Team Update

As was the hope expressed in January, there has been a marked decline in infections, and the Omicron wave is subsiding. With the improvement in infection rates, the capacity for hospitals to care for people with serious illness, the efficacy of vaccinations, and the percentage of people who have been vaccinated, the following changes will be made effective immediately.

Worship:

  • In-person worship will no longer be limited based on vaccination status; anyone is welcome to worship in person.
  • There is no limit to the number of people for in-person worship, and no reservation is required.
  • Masking is required, and a KN95, N95, or both a surgical mask under a cloth mask is still highly recommended.
  • Distancing as much as possible is encouraged. Seating will be available in the hallway outside of the sanctuary and in the fellowship hall.

Small Group Gatherings:

  • Small groups gatherings may be in person.
  • Masks are required
  • No food or drink for the present time

A special note to anyone leading a group: Please remember not all members of your group may be comfortable or ready to meet in person. Before you schedule an in-person meeting, please check with your participants individually about their comfort level. If there is someone who is not yet comfortable meeting in person, please consider holding your meeting virtually or in a hybrid format (some in-person and some online). There is technology available at the church to allow for hybrid meetings. Please contact Pastor Bart or Sue Gjerset if you plan to meet in a hybrid meeting so we can make sure the equipment is available.

We anticipate that we will continue to open more broadly and with fuller participation and worship practices in April. Details are still being worked out and prepared and will be shared more broadly at the annual meeting this Sunday following worship, and in the Oak Leaves newsletter. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to anyone on the Re-Entry Team. Anne Klueh, Al Greimel, Bev Heise, Jane Propsom, Pastor Mary, and/or Pastor Bart.