When? is a frequent question asked. There are two criteria that are being measured (along with your input). The first is having live-streaming capabilities. We know that there will be a number of people who will be our virtual congregation. We are close to getting this ministry started. Second, that the concern about the rising COVID infections and hospitalizations do not turn into a surge. Stay tuned as I believe we are getting close to having the building reopened for worship.
As covid cases decrease in Wisconsin and vaccinations increase, we are getting closer to making a decision about inbuilding worship. Thank you to those of you who have offered input to this decision and when you would return to inbuilding worship. Your responses can be divided into three categories. 1/3 are ready to return by summer, 1/3 said not until fall, 1/3 said it is too early to make a decision.
There will be many changes to the way in which we do ministry post pandemic. Our use of technology will be vitally important as church experts tell us that many people will remain as virtual members and our goals will be split on how to offer discipleship growth paths to those who return to the building and those who prefer a virtual platform.
There are two important pieces to our building return. 1) A safety plan. We have this plan in place. The Vision Team worked with Pastor Justin to establish guidelines for cleaning, ventilation, spacing, flow and processes. Deb and Frank Barrientos have done extraordinary work to make adjustments for plan implementation. 2) Livestreaming. Our building has been updated for internet access. Livestreaming equipment has been ordered. Recruitment of persons to serve in this ministry is taking place. Training times will be established. If you would like to join this rotating team to provide livestreaming, please let me know email@example.com Thank you to Ruth Walls who is overseeing this project and many who have assisted: Glenn Summerfield, Jim and Martha Walsh, Nancy Humphrey, Dan Shaw, Jim Walls. Thank you to Joe Ripp who provided a gift in memory of his mother, Maxine Ripp, to make this possible.