Lifepath Members and Friends,
Last Sunday I announced that the elders have voted to open up this Sunday, May 31, for public worship. (Last Sunday's sermon can be found here, and starts about 26 minutes in). We will continue to livestream our services for those choosing to stay home. Many of us need to stay home and I encourage all of you to act as the Lord leads. Of course, if you have a fever or other symptoms of the virus, or you are living with someone who does, we ask that you stay home.
We are one church, whether we worship online or together. For those staying home, our livestream will start at 10:45am, which is a new time.
The number of our worship services will increase so that we can better maintain safe social distancing while not turning anyone away. The public service times will be:
In this first phase of reopening, we will be cautious, in order to err on the side of love and safety. The elders have asked that these procedures be followed:
- Only 75 worshipers will be in the sanctuary for each service. There will be some overflow space if we need it. People will be seated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- We ask that people try to maintain 6 feet of distance as much as possible.
- All will enter the main entrance. The side entrances will be exit only.
- We ask that four this first phase, people wear masks. Bring your own if you have one. We will have some extras.
- The cafe will not be serving, nor will we have classes.
- There will be no nursery or children's programming. Families will sit together by household.
- Prayer teams will be available outside between services.
I realize these procedures will make some people feel better about coming to church, while others will feel they are unnecessary. As I preached on Sunday, this is going to be an exercise of love for each other. (See the link given above if you want to hear the sermon). We are going to need love that is patient and kind and does not demand its own way (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). But I believe we can do this in a way which will please God and be a light in the darkness.
One last thing: I don't know how many people will come on Sunday, but I believe the 11:00am service will be the fullest. If you can come to one of the earlier ones, that would help us make sure all can worship.
On behalf of the Board of Elders,
Pastor Elliott Scott