June 24, 2021
The Session met Monday evening (June 21st) to discuss opening the church for in-person worship. The current plan has been to worship outside July 4 and August 1 and inside beginning September 12th.
Recently, the Session became aware of several requests to begin in-person worship concurrent with Governor Whitmer’s order ending all restrictions starting June 22nd. The Session, too, is eager to begin in-person worship and two options were discussed:
(1) Keeping the current plan of two outside services on July 4th and August 1st and remaining on-line until September 12th;
(2) To have a “soft opening” of in-person worship July 4th through August 1st, and then being on-line in August to allow for vacations and volunteer training with a full opening of in-person worship and groups starting September 12th.
After discussing safety, the risk of Coronavirus variants, necessary cleaning (carpets June 23, sanctuary July 28 and basement floors August 18-19th), the lack of air-conditioning, and commitments to singers and musicians to prerecord the August services in July, the Session voted unanimously on June 21st for the current plan (option 1).
Like you, session members know the pangs of not worshipping together and the toll the pandemic has taken by isolating us. The Session asks for your forbearance as we gather outside on July 4th and August 1st, and we wait eagerly for the day we can be together starting September 12th -- worship will also be webcast.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Keith Geiselman, Moderator
Session Members: Jim Blodgett, Alice Calder, Debbie Heyl-Clegg, Sandi Knaup, Scott Selter, Gerry Stockinger, Phyllis Timbs, Greg Work; Jennie Day was ill.