On behalf of our Reopening Team members, I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to you for patiently awaiting notice of reopening our sanctuary for in-person services. As a team, we continue to follow the guidance set forth by the Center for Disease Control and advice from the epidemiologists tracking the virus. Their recommendation is to keep activities limited until the positivity rate in our community is at 5% or lower (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/disease.htm). The team watched the rates for Waukesha, Washington and Milwaukee counties and prayed that they would decrease, which they have. We will be opening the sanctuary for in-person services on April 11th with caution, as many members of our staff and laity have not been vaccinated. Please read and agree to follow the Covenant of Care on our website or call Sheryl for a copy. In addition to the precautions detailed in the covenant, we ask that you follow these key points:
- If you are feeling ill, or feeling under the weather, please stay home and continue to worship online.
- Please stay home if anyone in your household has had a known, or suspected, exposure to COVID within the previous 14 days.
- If you have tested positive for COVID, continue worshiping online for two weeks after you have received a negative test result.
- If any member of your household tests positive for COVID within 14 days of their last visit to the church building, please notify Pastor Jerome. Names will not be shared with others when contact tracing notifications are made.
From the words of Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church: ‘Beloved Community is more than just visiting the sick. Beloved Community is about enacting practices that prevent people from getting sick.’ Let us be a fruitful member of God’s Beloved Community.