Small Group and Worship Gatherings – In compliance with Governor Cooper’s recent Executive Order, small group gatherings within the Ministry Center is now limited to 10 people. No date for in-person worship for the congregation has been set. The Task Force keeps constant attention to safe guidance and will notify the congregation when larger groups will be able to gather. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Let’s show our care for one another and be as safe as possible!
IMPORTANT COVID SAFETY NOTICE For safety purposes, everyone please follow these vital requirements: Use the Memorial Garden door. Sign in at the register in the Narthex. Spray disinfectant upon all touch surfaces when your meeting is over. (Spray bottles are in each room, no need to wipe down)
Contractors installed the new sound system for the sanctuary this week. Use of the new system for Zoom worship services will begin after Thanksgiving in order for our Tech Team to do training and testing.
Great news! Just when you thought you may have been too late to purchase a Memorial Paver for a loved one(s), we have a new paving project. This is exciting! There will be an extension of the Memorial Garden pathway to the Labyrinth. Our Labyrinth was originally developed by the Cancer Support Group in memory of members of the group who lost their lives to cancer. It is being updated by Eli Hedblom as an Eagle Scout project. The new pavers are the same as the ones in the Memorial Garden. If you would like to contribute an engraved paver, please call or email Jane Henderson, 910-448-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reopening Task Force has calculated the capacity of the rooms in the Ministry Center to determine whether the rooms can safely accommodate more than the ten people per meeting included in the Roadmap for Reopening. The Task Force then went to the respective rooms in the Ministry Center to set up the rooms to maximize physical distancing in the rooms. Thereafter, the Task Force made the decision to permit the maximum number of people that can be accommodated in that room up to a maximum of 15 attendees. The Task Force made the decision with the proviso that attendees must not change the location where they may sit in the meeting room, since the location of the seats were determined based upon safety protocols. In addition, face masks must be worn at all times in the church and Ministry Center. Meeting attendees should enter via the Narthex door adjacent to the Memorial Garden and must sign the book by the door to note your attendance. Your cooperation with these matters is greatly appreciated.
In order to book a meeting room, please contact the Office Administrator who will assign rooms based upon the room capacity. A room will not be booked more than once per day to allow for maximum sanitization. The host of the meeting is responsible for the sanitization of the room after the meeting; however, this is a simple process. The church has purchased a product that is sprayed on the chairs and tables in the room and that product sanitizes the surfaces that have been touched.
The Task Force continues its work to provide for a safe environment in our c16hurch for everyone with the understanding that everyone must decide for themselves whether to go to the Ministry Center for meetings or whether to attend meetings on a virtual basis.
REMINDER: When entering the church, please enter through the Narthex 16by the Memorial Garden, sign the contact register, and proceed directly to your destination. Face masks are required.
Exciting news! While we have been out of the Sanctuary, our Building and Grounds ministry has been busy enhancing our audio/visual capacity. A professional tech team has installed two cameras, a new sound board/mixer, the backbone of the video system, two new microphones (mini-boom) and in-floor microphone cables and monitor cables. It may take a little adjustment, but we are set for excellent sound and viewing.
Great news! Just when you thought you may have been too late to purchase a Memorial Paver for a loved one(s), we have a new paving project. This is exciting! There will be an extension of the Memorial Garden pathway to the Labyrinth. Our Labyrinth was originally developed by the Cancer Support Group in memory of members of the group who lost their lives to cancer. It being updated by Eli Hedblom’s Eagle Scout project. The new pavers will be the same as the ones in the Memorial Garden. If you would like to contribute an engraved paver, please call or email Jane Henderson, 910-448-2501 or email@example.com.
This rainbow display, designed by our liturgical artist, Ginger Hedblom, was initially created to celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus. “I first used vibrant warm ribbons on our roadside cross,” said Hedblom. “However, it seemed a shame that such wonderful color should only symbolize one moment in our liturgical calendar. So, with this in mind, I felt like finishing out the spectrum to create a rainbow.” She said the symbology is different for every person, including young children who rejoice when they get to add a new color to their art work, others who believe it’s God’s symbol of hope, and for many more, it is a symbol of inclusion. “I like to feel all these things,” said Hedblom, — “joy, hope and unity for all of us.”
Congregation members & friends can now donate engraved pavers to help with expenses for paving stones, sitting wall and plantings in this sacred, beautiful garden. More information is available in the Narthex. For more information, contact Jane Henderson.