Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I write to you to outline our plan for resuming in-person worship. Please know that our primary concern is for your health and well-being. These plans comply with the recommended guidelines to safely assemble. Please read this letter in its entirety as it contains essential information that you will need to know as you prepare to attend worship.

The church will make all reasonable efforts in cleaning and disinfecting to provide a safe environment. However, there is always some degree of risk involved in attending services in person during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Returning, we will limit gatherings to no more than 50 people. When appropriate we will make adjustments to these limits, so long as we can ensure your safety.

Worship Services will begin on July 12.  An additional worship service will ensure appropriate social distancing and to limit crowd sizes to 50 persons. Worship times are as follows: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.

You will need to register to reserve your place in worship each week. We are limited to only 50 persons; attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Should your circumstances change, you will need to cancel your reservation by Thursday at 9 a.m. to allow others who would like to attend to be able to register. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you refrain from attending.

Masks are required as you enter and leave the sanctuary. However, masks are not necessary when seated. 

Our time together in worship will be less to allow for cleaning of the worship space between services. Doors will open for each worship service 15 minutes before the start of worship.

Children are welcome to all of our worship experiences. However, Children’s Moments/Church will NOT be provided in these early weeks. Children are to remain with their families throughout the service. We are unable to provide a nursery at this time.

Registration is open Monday through Thursday noon. Contact the Church office, [850-623-6683], to register.

Thank you for your faithfulness to Christ and the Church. I believe our best days are still ahead of us, and I feel we will emerge from this time even stronger as a church. I look forward to seeing all of you on July 12 as we return to in-person worship.

Stay Faithful and Remember, YOU, matter,

Steve Warren, Pastor

Greetings,

I pray each of you are doing well. It seems like it has been years since we last came together as a congregation. Steve has continued to do a marvelous job keeping us un touch, connected and fed. I cannot completely express how grateful I am for the continued effort our Pastor has made during this time.

I am sure you are now aware of our intent to return to community worship July 12. This is an exciting time and I am looking forward to seeing many of you again.

Like many things during this extraordinary time, things will not be as they have been, I am not sure they ever will be “like the old days”. However, we are going to try to regain some of our past lives by engaging in worship as a Christian Community.

Steve, myself, along with Melba Darden, Becky Crawley and Karen Young have met and reviewed the Conference guidelines and recommendations for returning to our church. Through our discussions we have developed guidelines that we feel will allow us to be in worship together and provide an environment that everyone can feel comfortable and safe. It is very important for all of us to follow these guidelines in order for us all to be comfortable returning to church.  I realize that each of us has a level of comfort or concern in dealing with the current pandemic; but we all need to be sensitive to those who may not feel the same. I do believe you find these guidelines to conform to CDC and local procedures for safe gatherings.

I cannot guess or even try to know how long these procedures will be in effect. Nevertheless, for now, we are moving forward to gather and worship in community.

Grace and Peace, Rob Young Lay Leader

Brothers and Sisters:

            I think that we have been longer without regular church services than any of us imagined, but I want to report to you that our financial condition remains good.  The last time I wrote, I said that we were trying to get an SBA loan to cover our payroll costs, and I am happy to say we succeeded with that.   We are now working on getting things in order so that we can apply to have the loan forgiven, and we are also trying our best to have funds available to repay the loan in the event that we have to do so.  I am pretty comfortable that we will have at least most of the loan forgiven, and if that is so, we should be in pretty good condition when we start services again.

            This does not mean that we can let our guard down.  Even if we are able to keep the loan proceeds, there will be deferred maintenance and apportionments which could easily take up most of the loan amount, so once again, I am asking again that you keep your church in your prayers and keep up your financial contributions as you can. 

            Personally, I have been very much inspired by Pastor Steve’s Sunday on line services.  I think that these sermons have greatly helped to keep the Church together.  I’m only worried that I have gotten kind of used to attending Church in my pajamas, and may find it difficult to get those bow ties tied again. 

I look forward to seeing all of you again, even if it is in a “new normal”.  God bless each of you, and thanks to you, we will all get through this and be stronger at the end than we were at the beginning.

In Christ, Jeff Abram Finance Chair