Doing our Part to Defeat the Covid VirusAugust 19th, 2021
Church Family and Neighbors,All of us are disappointed that COVID has not yet faded into a memory. We are all tired of worrying about the virus and being told what we need to do to defeat the virus. But, unfortunately, the struggle against the virus continues.The Pastor and Church Council of Baltimore UMC want to keep our congregation vibrant in worship and mission, but we want to do what we can to help people be safe and feel safe in doing both. So, beginning immediately, we are returning to some earlier protocols. The Leadership of Baltimore will be monitoring our community for any adjustments that arise in either direction. · Baltimore UMC’s worship will continue in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30am where distancing is available. · We will resume the use of highly effective yet safe disinfectant cleaning of our facility when used.· Chairs will be separated for worship, but household units may sit together as we have been doing.· We ask you not to congregate inside the building.· Offerings will continue in the basket in the hallway coming into the church. Hymnals and Bibles will remain removed from the seats/pews.· We will continue using the pre-packed celebration cups for our communion serves that are bagged individually.· We will return to instrumental or soloist music until it becomes safer for the choir and congregation.· Food events will continue, with all food being served with servers wearing face mask and gloves.· As much as we desire and value your presence, please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of a possible illness.We strongly encourage and recommend that you, both vaccinated and unvaccinated to wear a mask so everyone will feel safe. We know that there are varied opinions about the benefits and need of masks, however, this is a simple thing each of us can do to help others feel safe. But, we acknowledge that people have different reasons for wearing or not wearing masks, so we will continue to be a “Judgment Free” zone regarding the wearing of masks when we gather for worship. Regardless, please practice social distancing and frequent handwashing. We have provided handsfree hand sanitizer as you come into our building. Please feel free to contact the Pastor or Leadership if you have questions. Even with our differing opinions and approaches to defeating the COVID virus, we want to nurture the unity and mission of our congregation as we grow our faith and Discipleship of Jesus the Christ. As always, everyone is welcome to participate in any of our gatherings as we seek to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.Together on this journey, Baltimore Church Council &Pastor Chad
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