Friday Update
March 26, 2021
 
To Our Second Family,
 
This weekend we begin the sacred seven days of Holy Week. I am looking forward to the outdoor worship opportunities we have planned for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter. Likewise, I am glad that we can offer each of these services – along with a powerful Good Friday service of music and scripture – online. 
 
For those who are able to take part in the outdoor services, please remember:
 
  • Outdoor worship on Palm Sunday and Easter will be at 11:00 a.m. those days.
  • Bring a lawn chair, wear your mask covering your nose and mouth, maintain safe distancing, and please be sure to monitor your personal health and symptoms.
  • Maundy Thursday worship will be a drive-in service at 7:00 p.m. Remain in your vehicles and listen on the radio as we did on Christmas Eve.
 
Although many of you are fully vaccinated or soon will be, we recognize that the pandemic is not over. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our neighbors here at Second and beyond. We are dedicated to doing what is needed to promote the health of all people. Please help us by observing the guidelines our leadership team has put in place.
 
Along with our upcoming outdoor worship opportunities, I am happy to share with you that we will soon be resuming indoor worship on Sunday mornings. Beginning on April 11 (the Sunday after Easter), we will gather for worship at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
 
Please know that we have set this time as a starting point for regathering. We have some Sunday school groups that will begin meeting in the church building on April 11. Other groups will continue to meet virtually for a while longer. Some groups will meet in a hybrid format of some people in-person and others online.
 
In order to accommodate the particular needs for each age group, our ministry staff and Sunday school leaders are creating individualized plans for each class that will be our first (not our final) steps for regathering.
 
I know each of you understands that we will need to make adaptations as we continue learning, moving through the health and safety concerns of our community, and determining what suits best for engaging the most people in our Christian formation offerings. Thank you for your patience and grace as – together – we continue to navigate this season of our life together.
 
As always, I remain grateful for the generous support and affirmation that you so lovingly show to our church leaders and me. We will continue to keep you up to date on our latest plans as we settle into what a new normal (not the new normal) can be for us over the coming days.
 
Grace and peace,
Stephen