CHURCH UPDATES DURING COVID-19

MAY 22:


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Dear Vineyard Family,
        Good day dear friends.  I am so happy to report that God continues to fulfill His Psalm 91 blessing over us.  He is so good. It is such a powerful testimony that among so many of us, not one person has contracted COVID19. Praise God for His mercy and watchful care over us! We continue to pray earnestly for the whole church and especially for those who are out there on the front lines.
 
        While it is certainly not as good as being inside, I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing many of you through your windshields on Sunday mornings. Karen and I have enjoyed making our way to your car and at least sharing a smile with you. We plan to continue to do that for as long as we are in the parking lot. I keep consoling myself with the knowledge that this too shall pass and that we will at some point be worshiping together inside the building.  I may not be able to hug you or shake your hand for a while, but just seeing you is such a blessing to me.
 
        We do not yet know on what date we will reopen the building for worship services.  We are prayerfully assessing that as staff and elders and are as eager as anyone to get back inside. We have, however, established some new ways of being together to maintain the health and safety of everyone when we do return.  For one thing, when we come back into the building, we will be reducing the number of chairs in the sanctuary by about half.  This will allow us to space the chairs to effectively maintain safe-distancing.  Doing this will require us to increase the number of services from two to three.  So, just a heads up, at whatever point we do return to the building, our service times will be 9:00AM, 10:30AM, AND 12:00 NOON. The services will continue to be 45-50 minutes long to give us time to cleanse and set-up between services. There will be other details of our re-opening that I’ll be sharing with you as we get closer. I just wanted to give you a heads up about the upcoming change in service times.   
 
        One of the challenges we face in re-opening is how to safely do children’s ministry.  When we return, we will begin with classes for children two years old through the second grade only.  By doing this we will be able to spread classes out into more classrooms and keep the kids and volunteers at safe distances.  To begin, we will be offering children’s ministry at the 9:00 and 10:30 services only.  We will be asking families with children to please commit to a specific service so we can be ready to accommodate the right number of children on a weekly basis. If you have children registered in our children’s ministry, someone will be contacting you to find out which service you will be planning to attend.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.
 
        We plan on making one small change in our parking lot services beginning this week. We recognize that staying in your car, especially for worship, can be a challenge. If you would like to get out of your cars for worship, then please feel free to do so as long as you will stay immediately in front of your vehicle and practice safe-distancing from all others.  Out of courtesy to others, please do not approach another person or vehicle, and please resist every temptation to congregate with anyone other than the people in your own car. We also plan to again offer in-car prayer ministry at the end of each service for those who might like to receive prayer.    
 
        I know that for some of you the parking lot church service is not a good option and I fully respect that.  These are uncharted waters and everyone must decide what is best for themselves. I hope you are able to take advantage of our online options including being a part of our services in real time on Facebook Live.  I miss you and so look forward to seeing you again when the time is right for you.  Karen and I continue to love and pray for all of you the same.
 
        One thing is for certain – we are one week closer to returning to some sense of normalcy than we were last week.  Please be encouraged in the knowledge that God is still in full control. And until we meet again – live by faith, and walk in wisdom.
 
Many blessings,
Pastor Tom  
 



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