The biggest news of the update: WE'RE GETTING BACK TOGETHER AGAIN! Sunday, June 14, at 10am will be our glorious return, our grand reopening for an in-person worship service on the church property. Do I sound excited‽‽‽
Further below, I'm including some adjustments we're asking those who are willing to attend in-person to make during this ongoing coronavirus season. Please read through them carefully as you evaluate whether you wish to return in person yet or if you will continue to attend from home for a while longer. But before I get to that list, a couple other announcements:
Tonight at 6pm there will be a summer discipleship brainstorming session to think through how we can pursue discipleship for our children and youth in the absence of LLBC's summer camps this year. Please check your emails to see how to join in on our session. This is open to all people to share ideas, not just the Christian Education team!
Have you seen the church lawn? How nicely mowed it is? Thanks to our volunteers who have pitched in so far (looking at you, Mike Pollard, Gerry Guard, Roger Jones, and Janet Neece)! Would you volunteer to mow the church lawn in one of the weeks of the summer still ahead? Please call Lana at the church office (906-639-2165) to find a spot to help.
Also, as restrictions begin to lift, if you and your small group or ministry team would like to meet in person, I want to encourage you to do so again. One of our ministry teams met in person yesterday in the Fellowship Hall to maintain a better degree of social distancing … and it was a good experience for all involved! Remember, not everyone in your small group or ministry team may feel the same liberty or have the same hesitation to meet, so please be quick to show grace to one another as you evaluate your opportunities in the weeks ahead.
All right: here are the adjustments that we will be asking our in-person attendees to make …
- Currently we will hold one service at 10:00am. If our attendance level makes it difficult to fit everyone into the sanctuary due to social distancing guidelines, we will work on splitting to two in-person services. Any overflow will be given seats in the lobby outside the sanctuary.
- If you do not feel safe attending our service in-person yet, we will continue to stream our services on Facebook every Sunday. We’re still working out a bunch of technical details on that, but we hope you can handle our work in progress as we try to extend our welcome to you and others who need to stay at home.
- When you arrive at church, you’ll see greeters there to welcome you. We will be requiring masks for all in attendance, so whoever needs a mask will be given one by a greeter. If you’re able to bring your own mask, that would be helpful! Anyone who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons will not be turned away from attending without one on. Please show grace to one another, church family!
- As you enter church, pick up your own bulletin, as well as a prepackaged communion cup with both wafer and juice if you wish to participate in communion. The bulletins and cups will be laid out in advance to avoid the spread of disease.
- At this time, there will be no discipleship classes, no childcare for nursery or toddlers, and no children’s church. Please warmly welcome families with these children in our service: welcome them as Jesus welcomed the children to come to Him. Give an extra measure of grace to moms and dads if their kids are fussy. We will resume these ministries once we get a feel for attendance in our services, individual volunteers feel safe returning to a child-focused setting, and the Elders give the green light.
- Ushers will help you find a seat so that we can get spaced out appropriately. We’ll be sitting in every other row and staggering seating as necessary. Families will be able to sit close to each other. Thanks for your patience with our ushers: they will do their best to serve you and everyone else in our church family!
- We will include singing in the church service, but we do ask that you sing with your mask on. If it’s too difficult to sing with the mask on, stop, enjoy the singing of those around you, and do what you need to get the air you require!
- We will have a touch-free greeting time in our service. Please wave to your neighbors, talk with those who are in your area, and use an abundance of non-contact ways to show your care for one another! We also ask that you stay in place during this time, as flooding into the aisles makes keeping an appropriate distance from each other a lot harder.
- We will not be passing trays for the offering or passing plates for communion. Don Anderson made a couple lovely boxes to collect our offerings that will be sitting in the church lobby. As you read above, anyone taking communion will pick up their prepackaged elements on their way in. We also ask that you throw them in the trash on your way out.