Hey church, I am excited to announce that we will begin meeting again THIS Sunday! Although we could have met last week, out of an abundance of caution we chose not to.
Our decision is based, primarily, on two things. First, and foremost, we are convinced we have the Lord’s leading. But, beyond that, we also believe, based on the numbers, that now is the time.
On April 30th there were 527 positive Covid cases in Seward county, but 67 of those had recovered. That meant there were actually only 460 active positive cases. On May 4th, the number of positive cases had climbed to 599, but of those, 182 had recovered, leaving a net total of 417 positive cases. That’s 43 fewer than on April 30th. At next count, the number of positive cases in Seward county had climbed to 707, but 326 of those had fully recovered, which meant here were only 381 active positive cases. A decline of another 36 active cases. So as you can see, the trend in active cases in our county continues to be downward.
In addition to that, the KDHE is only reporting covid numbers 3 days a week now, as opposed to every day so they can devote more of their resources to reopening our state.
So those things being considered, we will reassemble this Sunday beginning at 9:00 o’clock.
Our plan is to have two Sunday morning services. The first service will be at 9:00 and the second service will be at 11:00. In order to try and keep our attendance somewhat balanced to provide for the proper social distancing, we are asking you to attend based on the first letter of your last name. That means that A-L will attend the 9:00 AM service and M-Z will attend the 11:00 AM service. If, for some reason, you need to attend at 9:00 instead of 11:00 or the other way around, that’s fine. Please feel free to do so.
By the time you arrive, we will have done everything humanly possible to mitigate the chance of infection. The auditorium seating will be such as to provide for proper distancing, so we ask that you cooperate with our ministry staff and ushers as you enter. If you choose not to attend, we respect that and will have livestream available for a few more weeks.
For at least this Sunday, there will be no nurseries available. Parents, please don’t let that keep you from being in church. Be creative and use what resources you have available to you in order to attend one of the morning services. Our plan is to slowly reintroduce other ministries as we go along, so please be patient.
Also, beginning this Sunday, we will have our evening service beginning at 6:00 PM. Not 6:30 but 6:00. Pastor Tyler will continue his series in the book of 1 Thessalonians. We will just have one service in the evening.
We will also have our regular Wednesday night service at 7:00.
If you have knowingly been exposed to someone who is infected or have been asked to quarantine, PLEASE be considerate of others and DO NOT attend until your quarantine time is completed. As far as masks are concerned, they are optional. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself or Pastor Tyler.
It has been a long 6 weeks for me, and I know many of you feel the same way, so with all that being said, we’ll see you this Sunday. Love you church!