From Pastor Gray:
I am pleased to announce that our Trustees have officially established the Michael Crotts Memorial Technology Fund. $20,000 has been set aside for that purpose and we are challenging members of our congregation and friends of Michael Crotts to match that amount. Thanks to a very generous gift from Terri and Allen Queen and a loving donation from an anonymous friend who attended Michael’s funeral, we are more than halfway toward that goal, having received $11,300. Michael was always very concerned with the quality and durability of our sound system, and we believe that being able to provide the upgrades that he recommended is an appropriate way to honor his memory. Thank you for taking on this challenge! Donations can be sent to the church office and designated for the “Michael Crotts Memorial Technology Fund.”
Our annual Congregational Council Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be in-person only (it will not be Live streamed). Masks will be required and there will be plenty of room for appropriate distancing for those who so desire. Reports from our many ministries will be received and elections for Board members and Synod delegates will take place at that time.
Our Fall Blood Drive takes place Monday, October 18 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
You may register to donate on the redcross.org website or you may contact Michael Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-304-6907
Give the Gift of Life!
A fun time was had by ALL celebrating Back-to-School with our Families and Youth!
Thank you to all who contributed to our South Fork School Supply Drive for Students and Teachers!
Announcement regarding updated gathering guidelines
Sunday morning Worship Options:
Beginning Sunday, May 30th, the following in-person worship guidelines will be in effect:
In the Sanctuary:
Since we know that we have members with a wide variety of health situations and comfort levels, and since we are blessed with a spacious sanctuary, we are offering the following options:
- In the center section of the sanctuary, masks will not be required for people who are fully vaccinated. People who are not fully vaccinated may also sit in the center section if they are wearing masks.
- The two side sections of the sanctuary will be designated “masks only.” The section nearest the band loft will remain marked off for physical distancing. When you arrive, please inform the ushers and/or greeters of your distancing and masking preferences and they will make every effort to accommodate you.
In the Fellowship Hall:
The service will be live streamed simultaneously on the big screen in the Fellowship Hall where chairs will be set up observing the physical distancing guidelines and masks will be required. Staff members or board members will be present to welcome worshippers.
Children over the age of 3 and under the age of 12 will need to wear masks in the sanctuary, since the vaccine is not available to them and we are concerned for their safety. Beginning on Sunday, June 6th, a nursery will be provided for young children. The adults in the nursery will be fully vaccinated and masked to ensure the safety of your children.
On Sunday, June 6th, Sunday School classes may resume in-person gatherings in the spaces that they previously occupied in the building. Each class will be asked to formulate its own safe guidelines.
For our own safety and for the safety of others, and so that we can accelerate the process of returning to full in-person worship, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we seek to move forward in a way that shows our concern and care for each other as God’s children.
(Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary changes if the need arises.)