Dear Church Family,
We are reaching out to provide another update regarding our church’s response to the coronavirus. Things are quickly evolving in what is recommended regarding the coronavirus, even in the last 24 hours.
Recently the CDC updated its mass gathering guidance to postpone or cancel for the next 8 weeks any events with 50 or more people. Just prior to sending this message, the Governor declared a statewide public health disaster emergency effective at noon that included limiting gatherings to 10 people. Out of concern for the safety and health of our members and staff and our broader community, and the responsibility to do our part in helping to slow or minimize the spread of the virus, we are following the guidelines and making these adjustments:
- St John will not be holding Wednesday or Sunday worship services on-site until the CDC/state/local officials revise these guidelines. A date to resume has not been set. We are exploring alternative methods to worship together from our homes -- both Pastor Liz and Pastor Dan have expressed a willingness to help us stay connected with one another through a recorded mini-worship service that you can watch from home. Expect another email with additional information on that - it is uncharted territory for us to explore but one we are excited about offering.
- Most, if not all, of our Bible study groups and choirs will not be meeting. This includes Sunday School and Confirmation, as well as the Tuesday 10am Bible Study group, the Tuesday 6pm Bible Study group, the Thursday 7am Thirsty Thursday Men Bible Study group, Bell Choirs, and Vocal choirs. Please contact your leader directly if you have a question.
- Parents of 5th graders will receive a separate email with information about the Communion Milestone.
- Our outside organizations (with participants greater than 10) which use our facility are cancelling.