It's been a whirlwind since Christmas Eve and again, I'm grateful for your flexibility with our covid-related adjustments. Cases in our city continue to spike, hospital beds are filling up, and tests are in short supply. The Northridge staff feel the effects of our current surge acutely. With our size, it's impossible for one staff member to be out sick without the others being impacted. We're grateful for your patience as we've navigated staff falling ill these past few weeks. Unfortunately, I anticipate that we'll continue to navigate exposures and cases among our staff in the weeks to come. With that in mind, we are working to ensure that all normal activity can continue regardless of who is or is not in the office; however, if we are slower than normal with responses, it's likely due to a reduced staff.
This week, we will return to a more normal Sunday morning rhythm, but we've modified some things with the health and safety of our congregation and our staff in mind.
- This Sunday, we will return to two in-person worship services: 9:00 a.m. worship outside and 11:00 a.m. worship in the sanctuary (also livestreamed).
There will not be Adult Connection Hour offerings this month. Wired Word will meet on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. In-person opportunities for Sunday Connection Hour will kick off in February.
- There will not be official children's classes or children's choir rehearsal this Sunday, but there will be a playground date from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Nursery workers and volunteers will watch kids as they play and catch up post-Christmas.
- Kids Connection classes (10:00-10:50 a.m.) and Children's Choir Rehearsal (9:40-10:00 a.m.) will resume on Sunday, Jan. 16. All children's classes and choir rehearsal will be held outside, so please be sure kids are dressed warmly.
- Youth Connection will begin again this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Plan to meet outside and bring a mask. Food will still be served.
- Youth Group will kick off on Jan. 16. It will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. outdoors. No dinner served.
- Face masks remain required while in the Northridge building.
- Please stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is experiencing symptoms. You can always worship with us online via YouTube.
We hope that these changes will protect the health of our congregation while keeping worship welcoming to all. Thank you for your flexibility and your cooperation.
With great hope,