June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

 

Dear ELRAC family,  

 

As things begin to open up in our country and county, it seems to be more difficult in determining when and how to re-open than it was to determine to close. The situation is fluid and we look to the Lord for wisdom in the re-opening plan.  

 

The elders are first and foremost concerned about your spiritual health, but also want to closely care for the physical, emotional, mental, and relational health of the congregation and others within the community.  We are taking a measured, incremental approach to reopening; additional steps toward gradually resuming in-person gatherings/ministries will be forthcoming as we continue to assess and adapt.  Thank you for your faithfulness and patience.  We look forward to worshipping together.  

 

When are In-Person gatherings available again?

In-Person gatherings will resume Sunday, June 7 at 11 AM.  At this time we will resume with one service and encourage you to attend.  

 

Will Livestream be available?

Yes, we will provide livestream Sundays at 11 AM at www.elrac.org.  

 

What Happens when I arrive?

When you arrive, you can park and walk to the entrance with your household keeping a 6-foot distance from other households. At this time, there may not be greeters at the door, however you will recognize and see plenty of smiling happy faces.   We are asking that each person wear a mask upon entering and exiting the building.  Once you are seated (practicing social distancing) masks are not required.  However if you want to wear your mask, this is perfectly acceptable.  

 

 

There are no capacity guidelines placed on religious institutions, churches, ie…. however we still want to practice social distancing.  

 

We will block off every other row of seats along with broadening the aisles.  We are asking that all family units sit together, leaving at least two chairs between people of separate families.   With this arrangement, we believe we can accommodate between 1/3 to ½ capacity of our sanctuary. 

 

At all times we will ask you to maintain a 6-foot safe distance as you move through and sit in the sanctuary. We are asking you not congregate in the building before or after gatherings to maintain social distancing. 

 

We will not offer coffee, tea or snacks during this season at our corporate worship services. 

 

We encourage you to find other ways to connect with people via our Facebook or inviting others from ELRAC to your home as you’re comfortable.

 

Will the gatherings be different?

Yes. We still want to meet in person, but we are looking to keep you safe. Some differences will include…  physical bulletins laid on a table for each person to grab.  We will not pass offering and will not serve communion this Sunday, the 7th. The gathering will still include worship (singing, announcements, prayer, scripture reading, etc…) and preaching.

 

Will we have children’s ministry during the Gathering?

No, we do not anticipate normal kid’s classes (Sunday school and Children’s Church) for the immediate future because of the need to social distance. We always desire for Sunday gatherings to be multi-generational and value having children in the room. At this time children, birth – 5th grade, will join your family in the gathering. We will not offer a nursery during the service.

 

Currently, our children’s ministry is meeting via zoom every Wednesday night.  If you have any questions in regard to the children’s ministry, please contact our children’s ministry director, Michele Guentner.

 

Likewise, if you have any questions concerning the youth ministry, please contact our youth ministry director, Brian Kramer.

 

Will Sunday School be offered during this season?

We strongly believe that our Sunday school ministry is valuable in the teaching and training in God’s Word, however at this time there will be no adult Sunday School options at the church on Sunday mornings.  

 

What other precautions is ELRAC taking to ensure safety?

 

  • The building will be thoroughly cleaned between each gathering in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Sanitizer stations will be set up around the building.  
  • Guests will not be required to wear masks during the worship service however they will be available for anyone who desires one.
  • We are encouraging social distancing with the intention to limit any contact as much as possible. We will also block out seating to ensure social distancing.
  • We will not be providing coffee, tea, and snacks to limit contact as much as possible.
  • The offering will be collected in a designated area.

 

As leadership, we understand that these are trying times.  This virus is real and we want to proceed with caution.  Our goal is to care for the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspect of the congregation.  In all that we do, we want to honor God through the proclamation of His Word.  The guidelines that are listed above will regularly be evaluated in this fluid situation.  They are made with you in mind.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office or one of the elders.  

 

If you are not comfortable in attending the worship service, please know that we do not want to pressure you, the service will remain on livestream for your viewing.  

 

If you are sick, please do not come to the worship service (this should go without saying).  If there is any way we can serve you, please do not hesitate to contact either one of the elders, directors, or pastors.  

 

Peace,

 

Pastor Matt

 

Proverbs 3: 5 – 6,  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

 

            Church Website – www.elrac.org                  Church Phone # – 898-2771