As you know by now, our church steeple was struck by lightning this past Friday, August 21st. While the damage was extensive we are thankful that nobody was injured, that the damages were not nearly as bad as they could have been and that the repairs should mostly be covered by insurance! Check out this update from Pastor Zach in regard to the plan for Sundays as well as an update on the remediation…
While the repairs are ongoing over the next three to six months, we will not be able to meet in our sanctuary. Because of this, we are transitioning to two worship services in the Fellowship Hall (with overflow in the Syer Building) on Sunday mornings. The worship times will be at 9 AM and 11 AM just as they were this passed Sunday. However, we will now begin to use the Syer building as an overflow room in order to insure that we can maintain proper social distancing.
This week we are making more space in the Fellowship Hall by removing the curtains in the corners along with all of the storage items that were behind those curtains. This will create enough space for us to comfortably sit 65 people while maintaining social distance. Once we reach 65 people, we will direct any attendees who come after that into the Syer Building where the worship service will be simulcast onto a large screen.
As the weather cools, we may also try to do an occasional outdoor or drive-in worship service. All of our normal safety precautions such as mask wearing and disinfecting between services will remain intact for the foreseeable future.
It has been such a blessing to see the enthusiasm of our church family since we returned to in-person worship services two Sundays ago. And it has been a double blessing to see how all of you have responded this week as we have dealt with yet another hurdle. We believe that eventually we will be able to look back on this time as a period when God was refining us and preparing us for a great work. Please continue to pray for and support your church in the days and months ahead. Let’s also commit to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Laura this week.
Grace and Peace,
Many of you have asked if you could help financially, thus we have setup an easy way for you to do this online. Simply enter the amount that you would like to contribute in the form below and click ‘Next.’
Note: While insurance will cover most of the cost of repairing the building, we don’t want to simply ‘make repairs,’ but to use this as an opportunity to make some of the upgrades to the space that have been discussed for a long time.