ZION MAKES PLANS TO REOPEN THIS WEEKEND
Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus. We hope this letter continues to find you and your families safe during these uncertain times. As we continue to deal with the disruptions to our normal routines, we have begun to see efforts by our government and public health officials to gradually reopen parts of our daily life. The natural question then becomes, when can we at Zion begin to resume our normal worship life together as a church body. Our church leaders at Zion have been closely monitoring the situation in our state and local community and are as anxious as most of you to resume services as quickly as possible. The challenge is that we want to do so in a way that both recognizes our desire and need for corporate worship, while also continuing to reasonably protect a congregation which consists of a large number of those considered most at risk from this illness. The Board of Elders and Council have met to discuss reopening plans and how we might most safely do so.
Our leadership recognizes that this pandemic will remain for a long time and that at whatever time we reopen, there will be the chance that things may worsen again in our community and we may need to change course yet again. With all things being considered, we have decided that the plan that makes the most sense for our congregation is to plan to resume live services this weekend – May 23-24.
We would like you to consider these services not so much on the time and date they occur, but rather consider them according to the risk you are willing to take. The following options are available to you this weekend:
RISK 0 – Stay home. View our video service or listen to an audio of the service online. Those who have cold symptoms or fever should take advantage of this plan. If you are at a high risk, you should consider this plan also. Stay home for another couple of weeks. Don’t take any chances.
RISK 1 – Saturday-6:30 p.m. This live service here at Zion will include Word, prayer, and Holy Communion. We will not sing hymns at this service since some reports caution against it. If you are a high risk person, this service would represent the least amount of risk in a live service setting.
RISK 2 – Sunday-9:00 a.m. Traditional and Sunday 11:30 a.m. Contemporary. These services will include singing, but at this time, it will be limited to two hymns/songs. Word, prayer, and sacrament will also be included.
RISK 3 – Future? All services will be held in their regular fashion. Sunday School, coffee hours, and Bible Study will not be held.
RISK 4 – Future? All services will be held with no restrictions. Sunday School and Bible Study resume.
This first weekend back will look a little different than our regular services. Here are things you should expect:
God's peace - you are loved,
Pastors, Elders, and Church Council