In Person Worship resumes
July 5th 2020
what to expect
One 10am Worship Service on Sunday, 7/5 (Outside)
No choir, nursery, or Coffee/Fellowship Hour.
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COVID-19 Sunday Service Update
Dear Community Presbyterian Church,
What you need to know (with a pastoral letter to follow):
• July 5, 10:00am – Outdoor Worship Service on Taylor Field at CPC
• Livestream will be continued but will be adapted to outdoor worship.
• All who consider themselves a vulnerable population due to age or underlying condition, please stay home, and we are committed to stay connected as ONE CHURCH.
• Significant precautions will be taken to minimize the risk of infection. All attendees are asked and strongly encouraged to wear face coverings (masks). Social Distancing will be practiced. Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets.
• No nursery will be offered, but we hope to provide Sunday School for ages 3-10. We will be in touch with parents to communicate the details.
• We will need returning and new volunteers to make outdoor worship a success.
When Session met earlier this week, we opened by praying through Psalm 121, a prayer from ancient Israel as they walked up the hill towards the temple for worship. It begins:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
We are so grateful for how God has been at work in our midst these last three months of this Pandemic/Stay-at-home season. God has been faithful and God will be faithful in coming months as we continue to find new ways of being church together.
At our meeting on Tuesday, June 9, every Elder was able to speak to their perspectives and concerns on when and how we should resume gathering for in-person worship as a congregation. The result of this open dialogue was a decision to come together as a church on Sunday, July 5, at 10:00 am for an outdoor worship experience on Taylor Field, the grass area on the Northwest corner of our property. We assume we will continue to worship in this manner as weather permits in July and August. These decisions and plans will be reviewed at future elder meetings (June 24 and July 21) with a consideration of the current public health situation in Redmond and Deschutes County.
In this decision-making process, we have done our best to keep in mind two primary factors. We desire to protect the health of our members and the surrounding community of Central Oregon through a cautious and patient approach to resuming gathering while COVID-19 is still active in our region. We want to be faithful to the mission and vision God has given us to grow in faith together as a church of all ages while also serving our world through local and global mission efforts. We believe this decision reflects the best way forward.
We are fully aware that a large amount of our congregation will not feel comfortable attending a large gathering initially in July and we are respectful and supportive of that choice. We are committed to continuing to live stream worship at 10:00 am each Sunday. The format will appear different for those of you joining from home, but we will do our best to be inclusive of you in our worship. We will also ask Elders and Deacons to continue in regular communication with all members as has happened in recent months, with special attention to those not joining us on Sundays.
Gathering outdoors with proper distancing is permissible and a recommended format by Deschutes County and Oregon Health Authority as we move through Phase 2 this summer. The church staff and key volunteers will do all we can to minimize the risk of infection by inviting you to sit in certain parts of the field, providing hand sanitizer where needed, and maintaining accessible and clean restrooms. We will need to keep a contact tracing list of all who attend. We will provide communion elements in an adapted format.
At the same time, we ask everyone that plans to attend to do your part also in helping us minimize the risk of infection. The first and most important thing you can do is stay home if you have any symptoms that correlate to COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or others) in days preceding each Sunday. We also ask you to track your own distance as you come and go, and engage in informal conversations. We are asking and strongly encouraging that everyone in attendance who is able wear face coverings (masks) for the health and safety of the whole group. This may not be your preference, but it is for the good of all. Please keep them on the whole time except for receiving communion. The preaching pastor and vocalists in band will be unmasked when speaking and singing so that a clear auditory experience is possible.
We are fully aware that our initial gatherings this summer will feel very different than when we last gathered in February and March. The world has changed and our church has changed in the intervening months. As we prepare the logistics of coming together in July, we ask that each and every member be preparing their own heart and mind for how God is at work in transforming our lives and transforming our church, so that we can be partners in God’s restorative transformation of Redmond, Central Oregon, and the world.
As we move forward, we are held by the faithfulness of our God, united by the Spirit within and among us, and led forward in worship and mission by our Lord Jesus Christ.
In faith and hope,
Rev. Andrew Hoeksema
and the Session of Community Presbyterian Church:
Elders Lois, Brian, Gene, John, Kelsey, Diane, Rebecca, Cheryl, and Frank