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Health Update From Pastor Eric Laverentz

The Session met on Monday, May 18, 2020 and had a great discussion about reopening. They approved a motion to reopen the church this Sunday, May 24, 2020 for the 9:00a.m. and 11:15a.m. worship services.
Here are some highlights of the plan:
• The first phase of this plan is four weeks: May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14.
• We will reopen the church for worship services on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 9:00a.m. and 11:15a.m.
• We will continue to provide live streaming of our worship services each Sunday. In fact, those who choose to attend the worship service will experience continued use of video clips and other features designed to reduce the number of people on the chancel during worship.
• We will encourage everyone to make the best decision for themselves and for their family. We want everyone to know that we respect their decision, whether to stay home or come to 1001 S. Rankin. We encourage everyone to keep our state guidelines regarding those over 65 or with compromised immune systems in mind as you make the best decision for yourself and your family.
• No Choir: ensemble at 9:00a.m. and worship band at 11:15a.m.
• No Sunday School.
• No Nursery.
• No donuts and coffee.
• No cry room.
• Groups of 10 or fewer like small groups may meet in the church facility during the week but must make sure to keep social distance.
• Containers will be available for the offering but no passing of the offering plate.
• All print materials will be removed from the pews.
• We will have no printed bulletins. All song and hymn lyrics and other information will be on the screens.
• Seating will be every other pew. Families may sit together but we’ll encourage everyone else to be socially distant from one another. We’ll have some fun with this- look for the signs!
• We will sanitize between services.
• Masks are encouraged but not required. Feel free to bring your own mask, or we will have masks available for you if you wish.
• Three entrances will be available to the sanctuary. The southernmost entrance from the Great Hall will be closed. At each of the other entrances we will have hand sanitizer and masks available.
• Our elevators will be operational, but we will only allow two people to ride in an elevator at one time.
• The north side of our facility (Yinger, Palmer, and Family Life Center) will be closed.
• Four entrances to the church will be open (Center and Sanctuary entrance on Rankin, Choir entrance on the south, and Drive through entrance by the tower).
• On Sunday, May 31, we will host an additional worship service, outdoors, in celebration of Pentecost, providing another opportunity for people to gather. More news to follow on this evening worship opportunity!
• Cooks Night Out will take place as scheduled on June 12. Only 4 people will be allowed in the kitchen. All meals will be served “to go,” and handed to cars outside.
• For the remainder of May we will keep our office hours from 9a.m. to Noon. We will reevaluate and make adjustments for the beginning of June.
• Staff members will continue to have the option of working from home. All employees will check their temperature before coming to work. We will also have thermometers on site.
• The Session will meet on Tuesday, May 26, to evaluate worship on the 24th and to modify, if necessary, our approach for subsequent weeks. Session will continue to monitor our progress and statistics from the State and the City of Edmond. Plans for additional steps will be forthcoming and shared with the congregation as they are available.
Our staff and leaders have invested much time into this proposal, and our Session has approved it. I’m certain that some will find it overly cautious. Others will find it overly aggressive. Our prayer is that we might focus on the opportunity to worship, either at home via our live streaming service, or here in our sanctuary. We want people to feel good about a decision to stay home, and we want them to feel good about a decision to come to worship at 1001 S. Rankin. This plan attempts to balance the two, showing concern for the vulnerable, acknowledging our yearning to be back together, and trusting God to both provide and protect.

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