Pastor's Letter: Rescinding Covid-19 Restrictions
I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
As we approach the two-year anniversary of when the global Covid-19 pandemic shut down and altered life as we know it, we continue to persevere in hope. I thank God for each of you during these trying times. Indeed, the people of St. Peter’s UMC have exemplified faithful, self-giving, care and compassion, and a Christian love and unity. In airplanes, restaurants, grocery stores, and even churches, the last two years have brought examples of divisiveness and discord. All around our nation people have argued, fought, criticized one another, and quit. But I am filled with joy and pride; we have come together, worked together, and hoped together here at St. Peter’s UMC.
The latest Covid-19 Omicron surge is dramatically receding. Local, state, and national health organizations are cautiously rolling back masking restrictions. Businesses, schools, churches, and other public places are moving from ‘mask required’ to ‘mask optional’.
The Reopening Team here at the church has made the following decisions:
Effective immediately, the masking requirement at St. Peter's UMC has been rescinded.
Wearing masks for church worship and gatherings, outside groups and events, and for staff and volunteers is now OPTIONAL.
Still, we are a MASK FRIENDLY church. Anyone who desires to wear a mask is encouraged to do so in any and all church gatherings. Masks will still be available at the church.
Ministry leaders (of small groups, teams, studies, etc.) may still require masks at their discretion.
If the last two years have taught us anything, they have taught us that the Covid-19 pandemic is unpredictable and stubborn. While we hope the days of masking and distancing are behind us for good this time, church leadership will continue to monitor the latest data and expert advice in order to ensure the safest environment possible.
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