Dear Greentree Spiritual Family,
COVID-19 continues to spread in our area, and Kirkwood, in particular, has been identified as a hotspot. On Monday, July 27, St. Louis County issued an executive order further restricting the number of people that can gather. In response, the recommendation was made and approved by the Session to temporarily suspend in-person Sunday morning worship services, starting this Sunday, August 2, for the next four weeks.
The Reopening Team will continue to evaluate the situation weekly as we look for additional ways to connect during this difficult season.
We did not make this decision lightly. We know that many of us have benefited from being able to worship together in person. We appreciate the care and respect demonstrated by everyone who has entered our building over the past few weeks and believe the precautions taken have mitigated the risk of anyone contracting the virus while at church. However, our community is facing a critical point in battling COVID, and our commitment and calling is to consider the interest of others before our own. Our desire is to contribute to the effort to bring COVID numbers down so that we can gather in person again soon and so that schools and businesses can get back on track. We are convinced that the decision to worship online over the next four weeks is the best way to be a good neighbor to our community.
Still, we are mindful of the ways this may contribute to a sense of isolation and loneliness in our lives. We know that God did not intend for us to live in isolation from one another. Know that we are prayerfully seeking new ways of engagement on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. We also continue to look for creative ways to serve our community, such as the
Cleaning Supplies Drive
for refugee families.
We are here and welcome
any questions, feedback, or concerns. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reopening Team