Newsletter September October 2020

The Deacons and the Church Council continue to track local    cases of Covid-19.  According to our approved policy, we will progress phases after four consecutive weeks without a 50%  weekly increase in overall cases.  Following this guideline, we entered the fourth phase on August 7 and were due to enter the fifth and final phase on September 4.


Through the month of August, Crawford County has seen a      significant rise in cases.  Not only have we reached the 50% weekly increase, we have exceeded it for several days in a row.  I fully anticipate a continued uptick in cases over the next couple of weeks.


The Deacons and Church Council met on August 23 to discuss a plan moving forward.  We have decided to remain in Phase 4    indefinitely.  During Phase 4, the ministries of our church continue to meet with continued social distancing and safety precautions.  Should the cases rise to an unsafe level, we are prepared to move back phases.


I do not anticipate a scenario where we would not meet in      person for Sunday morning worship.  Of course, at this time we encourage everyone worship in a way that is best for their      personal health.  The fellowship hall is set up to stream the     service  during Sunday morning and allows for families to spread out.  We will continue to live stream Sunday morning and Wednesday night services on Facebook and YouTube.  If you have any symptoms or feel you have been exposed to Covid-19, we ask that you stay home and watch the live stream.


We strongly recommend everyone wear masks during small groups and during worship when not leading singing or teaching.  We have designated two areas of the church where masks will be required—the overflow section in the back of the sanctuary and the fellowship hall.  Masks are also required for those serving on Sunday mornings.


We are taking the safety of our church and community very     

seriously.  We believe the precautions we have in place are working well.  Our desire is to glorify God in all we do—including in how we handle the safety of our members.  To read our full plan during this pandemic, please visit


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