Dear Friends in Christ,

We are all disappointed and dismayed that the COVID-omicron variant has increased exponentially within our region. An increasing number of our fellow parishioners and loved ones have been directly affected by this virus. Current data tells us that for those who are fully vaccinated and boosted, the virus is simply a “bad cold,” but sometimes hospitalization is necessary. Some in our worshipping community are not able to be fully vaccinated and boosted or are immunocompromised.  Given this reality, we are taking greater levels of care and precaution for the health and well-being of our community while maintaining the option of in- person worship.

Important reminders:

  • Please get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can.
  • If you feel sick, even if you think it is just a cold, please stay home and join our 9 am Zoom service or enjoy the 10 am live-stream.

A few changes for in-person worship this Sunday:

  • We will not have congregational singing, but we will have organ music.
  • Please observe social distance protocols – seating will be limited to every other pew, and if you are sitting in the same pew as another person to whom you are not related, please sit on opposite ends.
  • Please wear a high-quality mask (not single-layer fabric) or use one of the surgical masks available at the back of the church, and make sure it fits securely over your nose and mouth.

As conditions evolve, our re-entry team and Vestry are reevaluating the protocols for worship and other gatherings on campus, so please watch for future updates.

This is not how we hoped we would be starting this new year. Nonetheless, we are grateful that we have options to continue gathering as a community for worship, fellowship, and education, so that we may continue to grow in the knowledge and love of God. Thank you for your presence, in person and online, and for your patience as we find our way through these very frustrating times.

In Christ’s peace,