A Note on Worship from Rev. Dr. Valerie Miller-Coleman

I am immensely grateful to our staff and dedicated volunteers who’ve made the turn to broadcast-only worship such a seamless experience.  We hope to maintain an island of normalcy during a season of uncertainty.  Worship is the center of our shared life; holding that center steady is one of my highest priorities.

Some things must change, however, for everyone’s safety.  In light of guidance from our health department, we’ve made the difficult decision to limit Sunday worship to one service with as few people on-site as possible. We’ve consistently kept our numbers under 10 on-site but our goal is even fewer.     

Toward that end, we will no longer invite lay readers into the sanctuary on Sundays.  Caroline or I will read the lessons instead. 

This also means we will not add a Gathering of Grace broadcast service at 11:15 a.m. as I’d hoped.  I’m keenly aware that for many in our congregation this will be painful.  It is for me too. 

My heart aches for the dedicated worship leaders who aren’t able to share their gifts in the accustomed way. 

You may have noticed that we are maintaining a physical distance between one another in the chancel and choir loft.  What you may not see is how careful we are about maintaining that distance the entire time we’re in the building.  We do not share microphones and we disinfect them before and after use.  Facilities manager, Rex Russell, keeps a laser focus on disinfecting all common surfaces and provides hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and gloves for all worship leaders.

Please know that we are following the guidance of our public health officials and working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Worship is vitally important. Our people are too.  Everyone who participates in worship on-site is doing so because they want to be there.  Anyone may opt out with my full support if they no longer feel comfortable participating.

If you have questions or concerns related to Sunday worship, please don’t hesitate to let me know. 

In peace,

Valerie

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