Church Service Update

8/7/20

Dear WOL Family & Friends,

 

Over these past two months it's been a blessing to be able to gather each Sunday morning for our two in person worship services. I've appreciated your flexibility during this unique time.

 

I'm encouraged to let you know about an upcoming move to a single service and the reasons associated with it.

 

Back on May 20th we wrote, "As we gather together it’s our objective to demonstrate both our love for the Lord and for one another. To this end, we are striving to gather in a way that preserves as much of the beauty of corporate worship as possible, while also wisely protecting the safety, health and well-being of one another in this Covid-19 era."

 

This remains our ongoing objective.  

 

As a result, we've been meeting in two services to allow enough space to accommodate our congregation and maintain the recommended distancing measures for your safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The elders have continued to prayerfully monitor the situation, weighing various factors.  

 

After looking at the attendance averages over the past 9 weeks, it would appear that we may be able to gather together in one service and still maintain the recommended social distancing protocols.

 

Therefore, as of August 16th, we will be moving to a single worship service at 10:45 am. 

 

As we've said often, two words describe our era right now: Fluid and Flexible.  Things are constantly changing and we must therefore be ready to change with them as needed.

 

I say this because I don't want to build up false expectations.  We pray that we can move forward and remain on this path.  This is all of our hope and desire. However, there is a great deal of unpredictability circulating around this COVID-19 crisis.  Only God knows the future. 

 

Therefore, it's important that everyone understands that this move to one service is not fixed in stone.  It is contingent on us being able to maintain safety for everyone who attends our services. If things change which challenge this priority, please be prepared that we may need to consider appropriate adjustments at that time. 

 

As we make this move, please be aware of a few important things:

 

  • We will continue to follow the existing recommended safety protocols that are being asked of us for everyone's safety. 

Please know, it is not the elders desire to monitor your observance of these recommendations made by the authorities of the land. Your decision to wear a face mask or not, or to social distance or not, is between you and the Lord and His Word.


  • I again encourage everyone to continue refreshing themselves with passages of scripture like Ephesians 4:3, Philippians 2:1-11 and Colossians 3:12-17.

 

  • In order to make this work, we will need everyone's help, especially when it comes to keeping safe distances while seated.  Therefore, when choosing your seating locations, we ask everyone to observe their own distancing and help maximize our space by moving to the insides of pews in order to make room for others. 

 

  • Ushers and elders will be present to help facilitate our seating protocols.

 

  • Lastly, and regrettably, in light on the ongoing COVID-19 conditions, for the safety of our children, we are not yet prepared to resume any children's ministry on Sunday mornings.  We are grieved by this reality and longing for the day when this can be re-opened.

 

Church, hang in there.  This continues to be a unique era for us all.  Stress is high in our culture.  I know things are difficult.  But I urge each of us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we've received.  Make every effort to show extra grace, patience, understanding and selflessness during these days.  These are the qualities that bear witness to others that the Spirit of the Living God dwells within us and sets us apart from the world.  

 

Who would have ever thought that one of the most basic ways to demonstrate our love and faith is to provide Grace & Space to one another.

 

If the elders can help answers any questions or if you have any thoughts you'd like to share with them, please don't hesitate to contact any of us.

 

Standing With You On My Knees,

Pastor Scott