Food Center Covid-19 Opperations:
On Wednesdays the Food Center will distribute pre-packed bags of groceries from 9am to noon. Clients will show photo ID and sign for their food. No clients will be allowed in the building, and clients will not be able to choose their own items. Clients should wait in their cars until volunteers start serving at 9am. Clients should not congregate at the door. Clients will have the opportunity to be served by the food center once per month.
COVID-19 TASK FORCE & UPDATES
Greetings MPC Church Family,
I am thrilled to let you know that your Covid-19 Task Force met yesterday morning and has voted to move forward with in-person worship beginning on September 13, 2020. Worship will also continue to be available each week online for anyone who is joining us from home. I realize this news has been a long time coming and we look forward to welcoming many of you back to the sanctuary in the weeks to come.
As you might recall from a previous letter to the congregation, protective measures will be implemented each week for your safety and for the safety of our whole community. We are insisting that everyone in attendance maintain proper social distance (at least 6 feet) and wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose the entire time you are present on MPC property—this includes the parking lot, hallways, and sanctuary.
In order to maintain a safe environment, there will also be limitations on the number of people who can attend each service of worship. For the first four weeks of in-person worship (Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4) we are asking that you only sign-up to attend 1 WEEK. This will ensure that everyone who would like to attend in person has the opportunity to do so. Our hope is that in the months to come we will be able to increase the capacity in the sanctuary to accommodate more people, but at this point in time that is not possible. Please keep in mind that your cooperation and compliance is critical, and will ultimately have an impact on our ability to continue to gather in person. If at any point the Task Force deems the situation (either in our church or in our local community) to be unsafe, we will have to shift to a more protective phase that may eliminate the ability to worship in person in the sanctuary.
I would also ask that you keep in mind the number of people who have been working diligently on behalf of each of you, and on behalf of our entire church and community to ensure that we are, indeed, able to gather safely. Their wisdom, research, discernment, and caution have been invaluable to our church family in this strange season. But, friends, we all know that with every new chapter there will be bumps in the road. There will be things we didn’t anticipate, and there will be as many opinions as there are options. And so, please, friends, let us enter into this new chapter with grace in our hearts, with joy that we have the chance to be together, with gratitude for the many people who have helped to make this possible, and with an openness to the Spirit’s work among us. Let us work together to maintain the safety of our congregation and our community and let us do so with a deep love for God and for one another.
I am grateful for each of you. I can’t wait to see you! More info will be coming to you soon. But if you would like to sign-up to attend ONE of the first four weeks of in-person worship in the sanctuary, the link is below.
With deep gratitude for our life together,
TO SIGN UP FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW: