St. John’s leaders continue to monitor vaccination, transmission rates and guidance from healthcare professionals and our synod. Any required changes in our protocols will be promptly communicated to the congregation.
We are a community of faith and in response to God’s deep love for all people, we will honor our brothers and sisters by doing our best to keep one another safe and healthy. Therefore, the following protocols will be in place when we return to the sanctuary for worship on August 8 and until further notice:
We ask that you respect the preferences of other worshippers. Some folks will want to greet one another, shake hands and/or hug. Others will not be comfortable with these actions. Some vaccinated folks will still prefer to wear masks while indoors out of safety for themselves and/or vulnerable individuals in their household. As a Christian community, we are called by Christ to love our neighbors and one way we do that is by respecting each person’s comfort level with respect to this pandemic and how individuals live into the safety precautions in place.
The church council and the Worship and Music Committee will continue to review worship practices, attendance, guidance from healthcare professionals and our local and national church and make changes to these protocols as warranted.
The church leadership also strongly encourages worshippers who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine for the safety of all of God’s children. If you need assistance finding a vaccination site, please contact the church office for assistance.
As always, if you have any questions about any of these protocols, please reach out to Pastor Becky Schanely, Tony Aleide (council president) or Erika Haldeman (Worship and Music Committee chair).