In reading through the book of Philippians this week in preparation for my sermon, I was struck by the following verses:
In humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
I know that for many of us the pandemic has exposed weakness in this area. We each have different needs. When our personal needs are different from others around us, it can be difficult to know how to navigate. In our church family, we have those struggling with isolation, those with underlying health conditions, those fighting depression, and those who are frontline workers. Each of those groups has different needs. We each see things from a different perspective, but we are unified in Christ. I know we are tired, but let me encourage you. Let's continue to serve one another in unity and not grow weary in doing good.
Speaking of the pandemic, we are adjusting some of our protocols as we take a few more steps towards normalcy. Effective Sunday, March 14:
We will no longer require RSVPs for kids ministry on Sunday mornings. Our building is able to safely accommodate many more kids than are currently attending, so we are removing this requirement. In order to make this a reality, we need to recruit six more volunteers to help us. If you are willing to serve in this area, please click here.
We will remove the row barriers in the Worship Center and allow each household to distance themselves instead of our ushers guiding this process. Since a little over half of our church is joining us online at this time, we believe we can do this safely and still easily maintain social distancing.
We will continue to require masks for the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services in the Worship Center, but with the advent of the vaccine, we are opening a mask-optional livestream venue in Student Bldg. North at 9 a.m. As our immune population increases, we may be able to offer a mask-optional live service in the near future.
We are making some other small adjustments to our protocols that you can read about on our website.
Looking forward to seeing each of you this Sunday, whether in-person or online. Because of Jesus,