As we make our way into the summer months, the administrative commission (a.k.a. Coronavirus Task Force) appointed by the St. Andrew Session thought you might appreciate an update. We continue to meet via Zoom on a weekly basis, and have found ourselves addressing high level questions, but also spending quite a bit of time in the “weeds” working out the specifics of how and when we can be together. From our perspective, here’s what’s happening around St. Andrew.
We have set a goal to resume in-person worship on Sunday, August 2, 2020. We are very excited about the prospect of being physically together again, even though many will wisely choose to continue to limit their exposure. Stay tuned. This goal does has a number of preconditions that must first be met, among them are these:
How you can help.
Even with all these preparations, and a myriad of others not mentioned, the way forward is unsure. When and how can we sing with one another again? Are outdoor meetings a viable option given all our considerations? What other ways can we be together? These are ongoing discussions for which your prayer and insight is appreciated.
We are, of course, planning for uncertainty, for a tightening of restrictions in the event of spikes in infection rates, and for changes in action and behavior based on information and wisdom we do not yet have. We are grateful for your patience, your partnership, your goodwill, your generosity and love, and your personal responsibility through it all.
It may be worth recalling the values named by the Session that we continue to hold and be guided by as we have worked together over these last months:
Finally, I want to take a moment of privilege to offer my gratitude for the tenacious and attentive leadership of the Task Force (Teresa Platin, Andrea Shirey, co-chairs, Dan Clawson, Pattie Holt, Amber Oakes) and many others who have logged into our weekly meetings to help along the way with particular matters. This group has worked exhaustively to help us find our way through these uncertain times. We owe them and many others who have quietly added their own effort and skill to keep us together while we are apart, and to chart the way to our physical reunion.
Grace & Peace,
Scott (for the Task Force)