Salem Lutheran Community,
Things seem to be improving rapidly in our efforts to combat the covid-19 virus and move out of this pandemic, thanks be to God!
After further conversation and monitoring local trends, the council has decided to set a goal to open for in person worship in the sanctuary by the first weekend in May. Furthermore, we will start outdoor worship again in the back parking lot via FM transmitter Sundays at 9:30 am starting Palm Sunday.
We realize the decision to meet in person is an emotional one for many of our members. For some, they would rather us all wait. For others, this is past due. I hope the whole community understands the care and thought that has gone into these decisions and can respect the good intentions, even when one might disagree with some of the conclusions.
You might ask, why May? Firstly, this will give us another month of vaccine distribution and more opportunity for our most vulnerable members to get their shots. Secondly, there are often spikes in infection following holiday weekends so, if that is the case for this Easter, this will allow some time for infections to subside again. Finally, the warmer weather will allow for opening windows and more air circulation in the sanctuary, which was a concern when our space was audited for COVID safety.
In person worship will be limited in capacity following COVID guidelines with reservations required via sign up genius or by calling Sue at the office. the number of members allowed at each service will hopefully increase as time passes. Masks will be required. If the response is overwhelming, we will look at providing other opportunities for indoor worship to accommodate more people.
We will continue to provide opportunities for worship for those not ready to come back inside. Starting in May, a regular worship schedule will look something like this:
Saturday Evening 5 pm: In person worship, live streamed for immediate or later viewing online.
Sunday Morning 9:30 am: Outdoor worship via FM Transmitter
Of course, like all things during this pandemic, this plan is subject to change should the infection rate increase.
There is light ahead my friends! This Easter season is truly one of resurrection! I hope to see everyone at our Easter Sunday drive in service at 9:30.