THE SOUNDS OF SOUTHMINSTER NEWSLETTER
We will need volunteers to help us clean the church building as we get closer to an opening date. WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!! Things like moving pew cushions, Bibles, and hymnals, wiping down the pews, and restocking protective gear. If you can donate one or a few hours, we can use your help. Contact Rick Hollis by phone or text at (615) 642-1071.
You are also welcome to email him at email@example.com to volunteer.
Peace & Global Witness on World Communion
Sunday Oct. 4
We say "The Peace of Christ be with you …… and also with you." Our faith offers us the peace of Christ, and extending the peace of Christ to others is part of an active, engaged faith. The others who need this peace of Christ are our neighbors near and far.
On World Communion Sunday, October 4, Christians all over the world celebrate that Christ's peace extends throughout all creation, and that it brings us together with all the people that God invites to Christ's table.
Southminster & Telos will celebrate with a Covid-safe, in-person drive-through Communion, on Sunday, October 4th in the church's back parking lot at 3:00-4:30 pm. Come, and invite your friends and neighbors to come.
On World Communion Sunday, October 4, we take action by offering a blessing of our own. Through our participation in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, our church is extending Christ's peace throughout our community, our region, and our world.
Please give generously. Of the money you contribute:
• 25% will fund a one-time Covid bonus for the workers who are keeping the Southminster Child Care Center open during Covid.
• 25% will fund local peace-making project grants through Middle TN Presbytery.
• 50% will fund ministries of education and partnership with peacemakers all over the world through the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
You may bring your contribution to the October 4 drive-through Communion, or mail your check to Southminster Presbyterian Church (643 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211),
or give online at:
Each month the Presbyterian Planning Calendar calls attention to special days for that month. Here are those noted for October. Please take a minute to pray for these special days.
Sunday, October 4, 2020 - World Communion Sunday
Commemorates the conclusion of a Season of Peace, a
time to deepen the pursuit of peace.
- Peace and Global Witness Offering – to support peacemaking and reconciliation ministries in your congregation and throughout the world. This Offering enables the church to address systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this offering to connect with the global witness of Christ's peace.
- Domestic Violence Awareness – Pray for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. The church is encouraged be responsive to the needs of the excluded and suffering by providing programmatic, organizational and technical assistance to Presbyterians working for justice.
Friday, October 16, 2020 – World Food Day
Fighting hunger is at the heart of our Presbyterian understanding of mission. The Presbyterian Hunger Program’s mission is clear: alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. Use pcusa.org/foodweek for more information.
Sunday, October 18, 2020 - Children’s Sabbath
Educate a Child, Transform the World.
A project of the Children’s Defense Fund. This a time for people of all faiths to unite in shared concern for children and common commitment to improving children’s lives and working for justice on their behalf.
Saturday, October 24, 2019 - United Nations Day
The PCUSA has been active in the United Nations since its inception in 1945. This provides an opportunity to celebrate the PCUSA commitment to international cooperation.
Sunday, October 25, 2019- Reformation Sunday
Celebrate our Reformed tradition. Although the phrase “ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda, secundum verbum Dei” (“the church reformed, always being reformed, according to the word of God”) does not originate in the Reformation, we return to it as a watchword because it is accurate to that watershed moment. In times of crisis, challenge, and conflict—then and now—God calls us to be transformed by the Word and Spirit.
All Southminster, Telos and Childcare are invited.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bring your own camp chairs and all utensils that you will
be using to roast and eat.
(more info in next Tuesday Minders)
Southminster & Telos
October 31, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Information Flyer below:
This will be a drive-through food donation at Southminster.
Details will follow in Tuesday Minders
Southminster Presbyterian Church
Building & Grounds Committee
Guidelines for Church Attendance during 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated June 3, 2020
Southminster Session will attempt to soon get back to normal face to face worship services. Everyone recognizes our local/state/federal government leaders continue to gather more information for the public regarding the Covid-19 statistics for Nashville. Session will meet again on October 19, 2020 to check Metro requirements to verify when we can reopen. We will be following rules/suggestions by Metro-State government as well as CDC federal regulations as current information is shared. The latest guidelines per our understanding are as follows and will be enforced for the safety of all:
- All persons will be required to wear a mask including children above the age of 2. It is strongly suggested that all children stay at home during this questionable time. A limited number of Masks will be available for those who have forgotten theirs or do not have one.
- Church staff are urged to use gloves during the services, but all others are not required to use gloves. A limited number of gloves will be available for attendees who desire to wear them.
- All persons upon entering the building will have their temperature checked (non-invasive) by church staff at the Transept entry doors. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, you will not be permitted to enter the building.
- All persons will follow 6’-0” minimum distance standing or sitting apart. Pews will be marked for individuals, but groups will have to adjust. Immediate family members (groups living together) will be allowed to sit together as a family but still must keep proper distance (side to side) from the next family sitting in the same pew. Note, to maintain the 6’-0” distance (front to back), it will be necessary to skip a pew row, and these will be taped closed at the ends.
- All SPC Bibles, Song books, and pencils will be removed prior to Sunday service. Personal Bibles are allowed and suggested to be brought into the Sanctuary. Words of Music will be provided in Church Bulletin for SPC. Telos and EMPC may provide their own method. Use of screens is okay.
- There will be no Choir performances until further notice.
- Communion is every first Sunday and will continue to be provided. Special care will be taken to assure that minimal amounts of contact occur. Instructions will be given at time of service.
- Offerings will be accepted but plates will not be passed around. There will be plates up front at the Chancel for everyone to place their offering as they enter or leave the Sanctuary.
- The only entry/exit to the Sanctuary will be through the Transept by front or back door. They will be marked for clarity. The back door remains the handicap entry/exit. Doors will be propped open to allow entry without touching. The last congregation leaving will be responsible for locking the doors and wiping down surfaces that were touched.
- Admission to the Fellowship Hall is prohibited Sundays except for handicapped individuals needing to use restrooms. Two restrooms will be open for all others. The Administrative restroom upstairs and Classroom # 5 downstairs (choir room). Emergencies will be handled as needed.
- The Kitchen will be closed until further notice for Sunday Services. No coffee will be available.
- Hand sanitizers and dispensers will be located throughout the Transept, Sanctuary and Restrooms for your use. Please do not remove them from their location.
- For safety, pew cushions will be removed and stored downstairs until they can be cleaned and safely returned or replaced. You are invited to bring (remove after service) your own clean seat cushion.
- For everyone’s safety, please no hugging or handshaking or fist bumping.
- Anyone who has had an elevated temperature, diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath or cough, within the last 24-48 hours prior to the Sunday Service, it is strongly suggested you do not attend this first service. Seek medical advice.
- If you have traveled abroad or even to a local Covid-19 “hotspot” within the last two weeks, it is suggested that you wait an appropriate time before trying to attend church services.
- Any Committee using the Sanctuary or other spaces during the week shall be responsible for disinfecting the area used. The Church’s normal cleaning crew will clean on Wednesday and Sunday nights.
- For disinfecting solutions, CDC recommends a bleach solution (Clorox) by mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of room temperature water, or in a smaller quantity, 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of room temperature water. Leave on the surface (wood or metal) at least one minute before wiping.
- Metro’s has a 4-phase restart plan which determines the number of occupants allowed in the building along with how many persons per square feet of building space. Each congregation will be notified prior to restart the number of persons allowed to enter the building. Pews are spaced every 3 feet apart so it will be necessary to skip a row to maintain the 6-foot distance apart front and back should this still be required. Southminster and Telos have small congregations and should be able to handle this requirement. EMPC may have to limit their number to conform to this requirement. In the Sanctuary proper, minus Chancel (Pastor, Liturgist and Choir area) and Narthex (front entry), we have 30 pews (15 on each side). Most pews (24) are 11”-8” long which ordinarily would sit 7.7 persons at 18 inches each. Where structural columns are located, pews (6) are only 10’-2” long and would sit 6.6 persons at 18 inches. So, without current guidelines, our Sanctuary would ordinarily seat 184.8 persons. Currently, the 4-phase plan should be complete by the date we anticipate starting but this will need to be verified.
- Prior to the start date and time to be determined, B&G Committee members (plus volunteers from each of the 3 congregations) will enter the facility for the purpose of cleaning and preparing the building.