Westminster​​ returned​​ to in-person worship at 9:45 AM on Pentecost Sunday, May 23

You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to​​ indulge your selfish impulses but serve each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other!—Galatians 5:13-15 Common English Bible​​ 

 

Dear members and friends of Westminster,​​ 

 

In many ways it feels like we’ve all been in exile over the last year, with the necessity to isolate ourselves in order to protect both ourselves and the neighbors we love. The same is true for the church. The worship of God, which is central to our life as Christians, has necessarily moved into a virtual space, and many of us are missing both the in-person worship experience and the weekly fellowship of this wonderful congregation.​​ 

 

But out of our love for neighbor and the safety of our congregation, the practices of worship will be different for a time. We will all be wearing masks and physically distanced in congregational seating.​​ The weekly offering, prayers of the people, and monthly communion will all be handled differently. I hope these will be temporary measures as we carry out these COVID-related “best practices” for our worshipping congregation.​​ 

 

The virtual​​ worship option will continue to be available. Those who choose not to join us on Sunday morning in person can access the live-streamed worship service on YouTube in real time at 9:45a on Sundays. A taped version​​ will be available​​ after the conclusion of worship on YouTube. Worship bulletins will also be available on our website each week. Links to these will be emailed to you each Sunday morning, which is our current practice.​​ 

 

Beginning on Pentecost Sunday we will take our usual summer break​​ from Sunday morning Christian Education. Children’s Time will not meet separately but instead special educational packets will be prepared each week for our children who participate in worship. Amy Poland or I will lead the weekly Children’s Message in worship. There will be no nursery care available on Sunday mornings until further notice.​​ 

 

Beginning May 23, Sunday morning coffee fellowship will happen outdoors (weather permit-ting) at the Yuma Dr. entryway similar to the successful “drive-by” fellowship​​ events we held over the last year. The fellowship committee will be preparing coffee and special treats for us, all served out-doors!​​ 

 

The Session has adopted​​ Churchwide COVID Guidelines​​ and Covenant. We are asking each person who comes to church to abide by these guidelines to participate in worship and other church activities in the building in as safe a way as possible. Please read these carefully.​​ 

 

I hope you will join me in praying​​ for God’s guidance, wisdom, patience, and peace as we continue to find our way through the worst public health crisis in over a century.​​ 

 

Yours in Christ, Scott Anderson, Pastor​​ 

 

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