- A large portion of the Session meeting was devoted to the question of “Opening Up” from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. An Opening Up Task Force has been established to consider this issue and, based on its first meeting, the Task Force has recommended that this transition be a gradual process. The Task Force recommendations are covered in the detail in this Messenger on pages one and two. It was agreed that, based on government-mandated restrictions, our sanctuary capacity will be limited, so our primary “audience” for worship will be virtual for the foreseeable future, and Saturday recording of worship services will continue indefinitely. We will be admitting members to the sanctuary on a limited basis at first, using a reservation system, and enforcing precautions on masking, distancing, questionnaires and temperature measurement. If this is successful, restrictions will be eased on a gradual basis, and we will switch back to Sunday worship at some point over the summer. We are also hoping to increase the allowable number of people in attendance throughout the summer.
- Session continued its conversation on the larger question on how we will “do church” and “be church” going forward. This will be an ongoing conversation as we navigate through this transition process, and it is clear that we will not be the same when the pandemic is behind us. The congregation is encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns with the pastors and members of Session to help inform this important conversation.
- The Finance Committee reported that finances are stable for this time of the year, with a budget deficit occurring due to several large quarterly payments occurring at the same time. This is expected to “wash out” over time. Congregational pledge support continues strong, and members are reminded to keep up their regular contributions as the summer months approach.
Session recognizes the need to continually communicate with our membership, and we welcome your suggestions for communication exchange. Session member contact information is listed in the Church Directory, so it is easier than ever to communicate directly with your church leaders. Take a few minutes to send a message to a Session member, the pastors or the church office, and let us know what you think. We want to hear from you! David Hutton, Clerk of Session