June 1, 2020
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On Friday, June 5th, Lycoming County will move into the “Green” phase, thus in-person worship services will resume immediately on Sunday mornings at 10:45am and reservations are not needed.
Although we are all very anxious and excited to see one another, we strongly encourage folks to continue to worship virtually on either facebook live, youtube, zoom video or zoom telephone, rather than in-person.
While we are progressing towards a “Return to Normal,” 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.
- We ask that you please enter the ramp door, with a mask and go directly to the available seating in the sanctuary. Only the sanctuary and lobby area of the building will be open and we plan to have hand sanitizer stations available in both areas.
- We ask that you maintain at least six-feet of physical distance from anyone who doesn’t live in your household, throughout the service and during your presence inside the building. Please wear your mask at all times, especially when singing or reciting the liturgy.
- Hymnals, pew Bibles, sign-in sheets, etc. will be removed from the pews and bulletins will not be available. The pastor will continue to email the liturgy and post it to the church’s facebook page on Sunday mornings. You may print a copy at home and bring it along with you or follow along on your smartphone, or with the liturgy projected onto the wall. Announcements will be projected on the wall prior to the start of the worship service.
- Please refrain from physically passing the peace, keep all of your personal belongings on your person and take everything with you when you exit.
- Only the family restrooms in the lobby area will be open.
- Offerings may be placed in the offering plate as you exit the sanctuary.
- We ask that you exit the building, as you entered, after being dismissed from your pew.
- Communion will not be served during the months of June, July and August. If you’d like to receive communion during the summer months, please call the church office and make arrangements with the pastor to come to your home. The pastor will stand outside and visit with you and bless the elements that you have prepared inside your home.
Guidance for these safety measures that have been put into place was received from the recommendations of the national office of the United Church of Christ, the Penn Central Conference of the UCC, the UCC Insurance Board, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and those outlined by the CDC for Houses of Worship, released by the White House on Friday afternoon, May 22nd. 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 Church Council’s Re-Gathering Task Force