“Ask the Pastor”
This ASK THE PASTOR memo is an announcement about our worship at Calvary UMC. We will gather for worship June 14th at 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday School for any class. Our scripture texts are; Genesis 18: 1-15 and Matthew 9: 35-10: 8. We will not sing. Barb will play a stanza or two of each of three hymns. There will be no choir or special music for the time being.
We will offer prayer requests verbally, have a pastoral prayer, and recite the Lord's Prayer together. For now, there will be no children's message and our offering will be received in the narthex offering box or placed in plates positioned at each entrance to the sanctuary. Our offerings will be dedicated at the altar in our accustomed fashion.
The Sunday sermon will be based on our announced scripture texts and will be delivered from the chancel area, keeping a very safe distance from those sitting in the pews. After the sermon and the benediction, we will dismiss as safely and orderly as we can, continuing our safe social distancing. PLEASE LEAVE NOTHING IN THE PEWS UPON LEAVING.
As you might already know, we are trying to offer an in-person worship service that is safe and meaningful. We will be keeping to Indiana Governor Holcomb's recommended minimum healthy protocols as well and adhering to Bishop Julius Trimble's suggested guidelines for United Methodist Churches. They are as follows:
All individuals who are 65 and older OR who have an underlying at-risk health condition are requested to stay at home and continue to self-isolate.
Ensure seating 6 feet between persons who are not of the same household.
Implement non-contact greeting
Avoid paper hand-outs of any kind; i.e. bulletins
No drinks or food permitted in the sanctuary.
Further, we are posting the following questions. If you answer any of them "YES" we DO NOT want you to enter the building:
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Are you experiencing a cough, have any shortness of breath, or have a sore throat?
Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
Have you vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
Has someone in your household been experiencing any of these above conditions?
Answering these questions will be on the HONOR SYSTEM.
Further, we are requiring the wearing of a face mask of your own choosing. None will be provided. We are also testing body temperatures with non-contact thermometers. Any person with a reading above 100.4 Fahrenheit degrees will be asked not to enter the building. NO ONE OF ANY AGE will be denied entrance if the above recommendations are met.
ONE MORE ITEM For the safety of all those gathered, we ask if anyone begins to cough or sneeze uncontrollably, they leave the sanctuary. The reason for no congregational or choral singing is because the microscopic spreading of droplets by singing or sneezing or coughing is a very real pathway for spreading the Covid-19 virus.
We welcome our members and the community back to Calvary UMC and our desire is for our public worship of God in Jesus' name be uplifting, spiritually satisfying, and safe for all who attend. May God bless you all.
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