May 20, 2020
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Church Council has decided to re-open the church building for in-person worship, beginning Sunday, June 14th, unless Lycoming County is moved to the “Green” phase earlier than that.
We are all very anxious and excited to see one another. But for now, we strongly encourage the vast majority of members to continue to choose to worship with us virtually on either facebook live, youtube, zoom video or zoom telephone, rather than in-person.
Although we are all looking forward to a “Return to Normal,” hopefully sooner rather than later, please be aware that at least for the time being, church will be quite different than it was before. There will be changes and things will not look or feel the same.
- Worship will be limited to a maximum number of 25 people; this number includes the members of the worship team (pastor, organist, sound room tech, etc.).
- Other health precautions and safety measures are being finalized by Council’s Re-opening Task Force and will be communicated to members in the June newsletter.
A sign-up system is being instituted. If you’d like to attend worship in-person, we ask that you sign-up by calling the church office during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – noon). We will only sign-up folks for one week at a time, to give everyone an opportunity. If all of the available slots are filled-up for a given week, you will be asked if you’d like to sign-up for the following week.
We want to thank everyone for all of your graciousness and understanding these past few months. We are trying to do our very best to balance everyone’s emotional and spiritual needs, with the need to take precautions and be responsible members of our community. We are sure there are things that we should’ve done better and things that we could’ve done differently. And this will also be the case going forward, as we navigate our way through this journey together. We are so appreciative for all of your grace, your understanding, your patience, your prayers and your support. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Stay well and be safe.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call Church Council President Todd Nagy (570-220-0899). Stay well and be safe.
Peace, blessings, love and prayers,
The members of New Covenant UCC Church Council