June 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear Connection Family,

As you know, we have all been on a several month long rollercoaster ride. At least that’s how it has felt to me. There have been several ups and downs as we all try to figure out how we are to live in the “new normal”. One of these factors is protecting the physical health of our church family while still caring for your spiritual welfare at the same time. I just want to say thank you for your grace and patience through this unprecedented time.

Yesterday, due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in PA, Governor Wolf rolled back some of the guidelines for reopening and increased some restrictions in an attempt to stifle the spread of the virus. Throughout this entire situation the state government has been very cautious about imposing these restrictions on religious institutions based on 1st Amendment Rights. Although the government is being very respectful of our rights, the virus is not. Therefore, it is important that we take the proper precautions to protect each other.

For this reason, we are going to take the following actions to care for you both spiritually and physically:

1 - We will remain open with one live in-person service at 10:00 Sunday morning.
2 - We will continue to offer an online service via live-streaming. We totally understand that some of you are not quite ready to attend in-person services yet and would prefer to continue to worship at home for now. We honor and support that decision completely and will continue to provide and improve our online services.
3 - We will require all staff, leaders and volunteers to wear a mask at all times unless they are on stage or seated in the Worship Center.  
4 - We strongly recommend and encourage that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing when moving around anywhere in the building per CDC recommendations. We will be happy to provide a mask for you if you forgot yours at home.
5 - We will not be offering children’s ministry at this time in-person. Children’s lessons are being emailed and made available on the website for parents to do with their kids.
6 - We will be using prepackaged communion, handed to each person by a greeter wearing gloves on your way in.
7 - We will not be passing plates for offering.
8 - We will not be offering a coffee bar for the time being.
9 - We ask that if you or someone in your house is not feeling well, that you stay home and take advantage of our online services.
10 - All other ministries will continue to be canceled or provided online for the time being.  

I want to personally encourage you to use this time to think of others and respect their feelings and concerns. I realize that some of these guidelines may seem overboard if you have not been personally affected by this virus yet. This is not a political issue or a personal rights issue. This is a “Love thy neighbor” issue. Bear in mind that wearing a mask and respecting the personal space of others is not for your sake it is for the sake of others. It’s just one very small way that we can share the love of Christ and say to the world around us, “I love you enough to be inconvenienced for your sake.”

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Dennis