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A Message from the Senior Pastor Regarding COVID,
May 20, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control radically changed their guidance regarding activities for those who are vaccinated. A significant factor behind the changes is actually quite comforting: generally speaking, the vaccines are working even better than expected!
Honestly, this change created a lot of questions for those of us who bear decision-making responsibility in communities of all kinds, but it also provides new options for us moving forward.
Those of us involved in LUMC’s pandemic response have met and adjusted our plans for worship moving forward. As of this Sunday, May 23rd, our worship service will be fully re-opened. Masks will not be required. As always, we will continue to offer our online worship option as well.
Please also note:
- Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask should feel free to do so. I would hope that, as a community focused on grace, this would always be the case!
- We encourage all unvaccinated adults, as well as unvaccinated children over the age of 11, to wear a mask. Masks are not required for the 11-and-under crowd.
- We will continue to encourage those who are vulnerable to worship with us online.
- If you are feeling sick, please avoid the facility and worship with us online.
We anticipate re-opening the nursery June 13th and are working toward preparing the facility for small groups and classes to begin meeting around that time as well. We will provide more information as we get closer to that time.
Please know that we continue to be concerned about the welfare of our entire church community. We continue to work diligently to provide the best ministry we can, and to be consistent in the ways that we do so. We had a recent case where a person who was to participate in leading a service was feeling ill. Based on our existing policies, I asked that individual to stay home, and we found others to take their place. As it turned out, that person had COVID. This underscores the need to – as people of faith and people of grace – be aware of our own health status, and avoid entering the facility for any reason if we feel sick.
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