First Church Family,
I pray you are enjoying some of the signals that spring is here, arriving this past weekend. And God’s creation is alive with new life: blooming daffodils and jonquils, budding and flowering trees, Hostas breaking the surface of the ground, and the like.
Last Sunday we gave in-person worship a trial run in our Sanctuary with a limited number of people. And things couldn’t have gone better.
This coming Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday, we will hold in-person worship at 10:00am in our Christian Life Center. Call the church office if you would like to be with us this Sunday. (828-754-4922) As of now, we still have space available.
We will honor COVID protocols when we gather: requiring social distancing, correctly worn masks, and the like. We will not be shaking hands or hugging one another. And though I know it seems unusual, there will not be congregational singing.
We will have well-trained ushers to greet you, and then seat you when you arrive. Offering plates will be placed near the entrance for you to make an offering when arriving or departing.
And at the close of worship, individual tables, etc. will be released one at a time.
Easter Sunday is the following Sunday, April 4. We will inform you of our plans early next week. Registration for Easter will begin following the end of worship this Sunday.
We are continuing to move forward to where we will be holding in-person worship on a weekly basis. Let’s continue to be vigilant in being cautious and taking safety protocols seriously, so that it can be accomplished as soon as possible.
Blessings on you!
P.S. And remember, weather permitting, we will have our Lenten Choir Cantata outside at 3:00pm Sunday.