August 13, 2020
Dear Members and Friends,
I apologize I did not send you a letter last week. There has been a great deal happening in our church family, and I simply did not have the energy to write a reflection. Two of our families have suffered the loss of loved ones, and a third family is preparing to say goodbye to a friend and sister, Diane Patterson. At the same time we were able to rejoice in the baptism of Ivan Moris last Sunday, and this coming Saturday, my youngest son, David Benjamin, is being married in a small private ceremony. All this is a reminder that joy and sorrow travel hand in hand throughout our lives; and often we need to deal with both things at the same time. Added to these life events is the tumultuous condition of our world. In light of this I have found myself leaning more and more heavily on Bible reading to keep me grounded in a Divine perspective. “When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.” It is in the Scriptures we hear His voice in a direct and immediate way, and I find myself clinging ever more tenaciously to phrases and verses that offer stability and hope in the midst of an evil time.
To further encourage the Lord’s people we plan to include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at our Worship service this coming Sunday, the 16th of August. We will do it in the same way as before. Communion will be served to those in attendance, and they will leave following their participation. Myself and several Elders will remain to distribute the elements until 12:45PM to those who choose to come following the service. The protocol for Communion will be included with this letter.
May the Lord bless you with His peace, and give us grace to represent Him well, not matter what the future brings.
Love, Ken Larter – Minister
Communion Service Protocol – 6/9/2020 Final Draft
Following morning worship. The morning worship service will be shortened to end at 11:30 to allow time for travel to the sanctuary. In order that all not arrive at the same time, Communion will begin at 11:45 and will continue until 12:45 or until the last person is served, whichever is later.
Building & Communion Prep
The church sexton will thoroughly clean the Sanctuary on Friday and Saturday as customary while wearing gloves and mask. All commonly touched surfaces- pew tops, door handles and toilet room surfaces- will be wiped again with disinfectant on Sunday prior to worship. However, we ask that you refrain from making unnecessary contact with all surfaces in the Sanctuary.
One preparer with gloves and mask will prepare the elements and then cover until served.
All participating Ruling Elders will wear masks at all times.
In consideration for others, all are requested to wear masks and remove only for self-administration of the elements.
In consideration for others and for your own protection, all are requested to maintain six feet of distance to other non-family attendees and refrain from hugs, handshakes and similar physical contact.
What to expect
Joe Ross will be in the parking lot to assist flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. We request no more than ten in line at one time to enter the building. This may require you to remain in your vehicle until Joe signals.
Entrance walk will be marked at six feet intervals.
Kathy Sawamura will greet you as you enter the Sanctuary and monitor to ensure no more than ten occupants are inside at one time.
While maintaining six feet of distance to others, move forward to the Communion Table, one at a time to self-administer the elements.
Rev. Dr. Larter will pronounce the body and blood and/or offer a blessing to each from the left.
Mark Weber will place the elements individually on a paper plate on the communion table from the right.
Communicants will self-serve the bread and grape juice placed on the communion table and dispose of their cup and paper plate in a provided trash can on their way out. Please exit through the choir room, where Glenn Denton will be outside the door.
All are requested to immediately return to their vehicle and exit the parking area while exercising care for others arriving.
Worship Protocol for Congregants
What to Expect
- No Sunday School or Nursery will be provided until further notice.
- Elders continue to urge those who are reluctant, sick or especially vulnerable to worship in electronic unison from their homes.
- The church sexton will thoroughly clean the Sanctuary on Friday and Saturday as customary while wearing gloves and mask. All commonly touched surfaces- pew tops, door handles and toilet room surfaces- will be wiped with disinfectant.
- In consideration for others and for your own protection; all are requested to wear masks while entering and exiting the Sanctuary, maintain six feet of distance to other non-family attendees and refrain from hugs, handshakes and similar physical contact.
- In order to facilitate social distancing guidelines, every other pew will be marked “Please, No Seating This Pew”. In addition, pews available for seating will be marked “Please, No Seating this Side” on alternating ends in order to maximize the distance between attending worshipers. Latecomers may be ushered to available seating, which may include choir pews or opposite ends of occupied pews.
- After the service, ushers will direct pews to exit beginning from the rear of the Sanctuary first. In consideration for others and for your own protection; particular care is requested to maintain social distancing guidelines.