from October 10, 2021
The CUMC Leadership Coeur Team looks at what is happening with the pandemic in our area and balances that with the importance of being physically present together in community and worship. Our goal is to determine the best way to love our neighbor, and “Do No Harm”.
That is why, rather than holding worship solely in some way other than in-person, we are in church wearing masks and reading instead of singing the hymns. Loving our Neighbor means that sometimes we have to do things that aren’t what we want to do, and the Coeur Team thinks it’s important to acknowledge that and to say Thank You.
Not only does the Coeur Team think about public health safety and worship in our church building, but also how it can best be meaningful and fulfilling to those who join us via livestreaming and recorded services. Thus, we have had to make some adjustments. For example, Dave now sings from the back of the Chancel area and does so masked because singing can be correlated to a greater disbursement of aerosol droplets which is how the virus spreads. So we have adopted a “double safe” standard using both distance and masking.
Heather preaches from there also. Why? Because by increasing the physical distance by four to five times the recommended six-foot standard, she can safely speak while unmasked. This is important since “sermons remain the core of worship" and we want to mitigate any encumbrances on the ability to be heard and understood, both in-person and virtually.
The Coeur Team and Pastor Heather want to do our best to assure that we all are safe and that we have the maximum opportunity – whether
physically present in the church, or via livestream, or recorded service – to be fully included in a meaningful worship experience.
Consequently, you will see Heather, and others who may be speaking from the back of the Chancel area, well beyond the “safety distance," unmasked at times. We appreciate your understanding and your concerns. Please be assured that your leadership team is continuing to seek ways in which the safety of all of us can be improved. We welcome your questions, suggestions, and observations.
As we go forward together, let us keep in mind these words from Paul’s
letter to the churches of Galatia:
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
John Townsend, Endowments Chair