Hey everyone! On June 16th we had our Spring Elections meeting. This is when we vote in new elders and give a general update before we head into Summer! During this meeting we welcomed Kate Troxel, Rachel Friesen and Jack vanLeusden onto the elders board, joining our existing elders Terri Taylor, Matt Quick and board chair Cory Griedanus. We also saw Carl Dejarlais' term come to an end and thanked him for his service and influence on the board for the last two years.
Coming out of this meeting the elders and staff decided that we would resume in-person services on Sunday mornings but with the leadership and content of the services being mainly driven by congregants over the summer. It was also decided that we would live-stream the services since there are still people who will not be able to attend (the gathering limit is 50 people as of this writing, and our congregation is more than 50) and to allow those are are still not comfortable with attending a service to participate online. There is some difficulty with this as the team of volunteers for running sound and video is quite small and a number of those people volunteer in other areas of the church as well.
We want to make it clear that these services will look different from what our "usual" services are. Covid protocols are still in place. For a list of these please see our Covid-19 Safety Plan. There are also links that will take you directly to documents issued by the government.
Please sign-up if you plan on attending the service! To do this contact the office via e-mail or phone and let us know how many from your household will be attending. This can only be done between Monday-Thursday during the week as the office is closed on Friday/Saturday, so no one will be checking the e-mail or voicemail during this time. However it is possible that if a service doesn't fill up you will be able to show up on Sunday morning and attend, although you will have to sign in with your contact information as you enter. If a service does fill up we will send out an e-mail letting everyone know that the service is full.
We are also in need of volunteers to help run these services! Please contact the office to let us know your availability and how you would like to help. One of our biggest needs is ushers/greeters to help direct and seat people when they arrive, as well as oversee the contact tracing sign up sheet for anyone who did not pre-register. Anyone who would like to lead welcome/announcements, prayer or a benediction are also encouraged to contact the office.
So we will see you this Sunday, June 27th at 10:30am. Starting on Sunday, July 4th our service time will be shifting from 10-11, so take note of that! Please watch this space and check your e-mails for updates as restrictions lift and new PHO's are announced!