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Dear First Parish Church Family,The COVID task force met the third week of March. We are watching the numbers and the guidelines.
The bipolar ionization system will be installed during the April school vacation week. That system will work to eliminate the presence of the virus in our air. Our tentative plan is to resume a phased-in resumption of in-person worship beginning in June. We will practice the recommended protocols: reservations, singing in, masking, social distancing, no passed or shared objects, no singing, and no fellowship hour. We will limit the number who will be able to attend, and increase (or decrease) the number depending upon the circumstances. Of course, we will continue to livestream all of our worship services.
Our hope and our prayer is that we will be able to expand our in-person ministries in September.
May God bless you all,Pastor Scottscott.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear First Parish Church Family,I hope that you are all happy and healthy. I am sure that we all feel pretty much the same way ... we are anxious for this episode to be over. It will be eventually. By now, you have likely been made aware of the governor's proposed guidelines for reopening the state. According to those guidelines, it will likely be three more months before we can resume "normal" worship services as a church family. (In June and July we may be limited to gatherings of less than fifty people.) The thought of that is disappointing, to say the least.However, I have asked the Deacons to think of ways that we can be creative during these next couple of months. We will explore new ways that we can gather for worship and fellowship. If you have any thoughts, please share them with me.
No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. I wish it was.
In light of Governor Mill’s order to stay home, we will be making additional adjustments here at First Parish Church. Our ministries are important for our family and our community, and they will continue. However, we are also trying to limit exposure. Thus far, the evidence of stay at home compliance in California and Washington state shows that staying apart has dramatically reduced the spread and tragic results of the virus.
Therefore, we ask that you please STAY HOME. As much as we miss you, please do not come to the church. Our staff is going to conduct as much of their work from home as possible. We will still serve the needs of our community but will do so adhering to health and safety protocols.
We will conduct simplified worship services that we will continue to live stream. Please send me any prayer requests before Sunday morning. We will not be able to retrieve them once the service begins.
Unfortunately, the Flower and Altar Team will NOT be distributing palms on Saturday as we planned. We will place them on the church steps following the service on Sunday if anyone would like to stop by and take some.
The Deacons and the Calling Committee are keeping in touch with the more isolated and vulnerable members of our church family. I encourage you to do the same. If you are aware of anyone that requires assistance or support, please let us know.
We typically take a special offering that supports the Deacons’ Discretionary Fund on the first Sunday of the month. We have begun receiving requests for food assistance because of coronavirus related job losses. If you are able to make a contribution to the Deacons’ Fund at this time, please know that you will be supporting our neighbors. ALL meetings will be conducted using conference calls or other meeting platforms.
I will be in the office during my normal hours, Tuesday through Friday. You can reach me via email.
I know that we want to be together. That day will come. In the meantime, let us do as much as we can to stay apart so that we will be able to gather together again as soon as possible. I thank you for all of your support and your cooperation during this strange and uncertain time. We will get through this.
May God bless you and keep you,
ScottReverend Scott W. CousineauPastor, First Parish Congregational Church
Dear First Parish Church Family,
This is a very confusing and trying time for our community. We desire to be a sanctuary, a safe place, for all who struggle and suffer. We desire to serve our community, to help our neighbors in need. But we have to balance that with practicing the safety protocols that are in place.
As the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread, the CDC and other health and safety officials have advised that we should practice social distancing. Their recommendations have been that we limit ourselves to interactions with ever-decreasing numbers of people. That recommendation now stands at ten. I think that it is likely the case that the number will continue to decrease. The best way to "flatten the curve," to limit exposure and spread of the virus is to limit the number of people with whom we come into contact. Currently, the recommendation is that we stay home for a few weeks.
Therefore, First Parish Congregational Church will suspend ALL public gatherings. We will worship online only. On Friday afternoon, we will post the bulletin for the service so that you can follow along with the live stream. You will also be able to join us at 10:00 AM on YouTube or Facebook Live. The 8:00 AM service will be suspended.
Please send any prayer requests to me at: email@example.com. Please indicate if you would want them to be shared publicly.
We will get through this if we help one another.
May God bless you all.
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