Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Coloma United Methodist Church,
We know that this time in which we have had to be physically apart has been difficult to endure, and we know we are all eager to return to our natural way of being together in person. We are grateful for the way we have all taken the precautions asked of us.
We are pleased to announce that we are beginning to plan our reopening for in person worship! We have read the policies and guidelines sent out by the Michigan Conference, and we have investigated the local virus numbers for our area. We have taken note that so far as we know, no one in our congregation has had the virus in question. Furthermore, the doorknobs and common surfaces within the church building have been antiseptically wiped down several times.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been shifting their stand on surface-to-person transfer of the virus, and the World Health Organization (WHO) now says that the transfer of the virus from someone who is without symptoms is an exceedingly rare occurrence. In light of all this information, the decision was made to have in-person worship beginning on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 9:45 a.m.
Various methods of gathering were considered, weighing the pros and cons of each possibility. It was decided that having worship in the sanctuary with chairs set apart (except for family groups) and to ask those attending to wear masks, use hand sanitizer within the facility, and remain socially distant, was the best scenario. Hand sanitizer will be available, as well as a limited number of masks, if you have not brought yours with you. People are asked to refrain from hugging and shaking hands. The Bibles and hymnals will be temporarily removed. You may bring your own Bible if you wish. We will not be having coffee fellowship for the time being. You may bring your own water, and if you are diabetic, you may bring your own food if need be, although services will be just an hour. I will be wearing a mask unless I am in the pulpit, at which point I am far enough away from the congregation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by contacting the church office at (269)469-6062.
We are asking that you continue to use common sense. If you do not feel well, please do not come to the church service. If you are uncomfortable because of your own risk factors, we understand that you may choose to stay at home for the time being. Let us know how we may best serve you! We are investigating the possibility of continuing to post the service video online in some manner, for those who are unable to come. We will also add the second service as the situation warrants, and precautions will be taken at that time to facilitate that scenario.
Please know that we continue to lift this situation and congregation in prayer. We are eager to see everyone in person! Jesus Christ will see us through, and the church is still alive! We have been praising the Lord all along, and soon we will be praising the Lord together in person. Hallelujah!
In Christ’s Service,
a compassionate people, seeking, serving, sharing, discovering the love of Jesus, together.
Coloma United Methodist Church