Coronavirus Updates

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE-EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 15

Dear Members and Friends,

 

As you are well aware, all of us have been monitoring the serious concerns surrounding this virus. While projections vary, all reports agree that the sooner we take significant action, the better our results as a society will be. Today our Session met to discuss and to respond to the issues at hand. In a unanimous vote, the decision was made to suspend all gatherings associated with church life until April 5, Palm Sunday. The Governor of SC has closed all schools in our state through the end of March. Our pre-school, the Growing Tree, falls under this directive.

 

The list of activities that will not be held is long, including public events such as the final Broadway Concert (19th), the Presbyterian Women Spring Surge (21st), the Special Mental Health Lecture (24th), and the Children’s Worship Musical (29th). The current plan is for these programs to be rescheduled at appropriate times. In addition, fellowship activities involving children and youth are cancelled during this period. Small group studies are asked to refrain from meeting, as well.

 

Please note that while we will not gather publicly to worship until April 5th at the earliest, we will continue to stream our services online on Sunday mornings. While all details will be published on our website, which we hope you will view often, look for two different worship options each week. The 9:00 format will follow that of Early Sabbath and the Gathering, while the 11:00 stream will be more traditional in nature.

 

Staff is encouraged to work from home as appropriate however, if you would like to contact the office, please call between 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and you should reach someone. We are also available through email as posted in our Monthly Newsletter. You can find the latest issue HERE.

 

These unchartered waters will be a challenge as we live into the reality at hand.

During this time we have several requests for each of us:

  • Continue best practices of personal hygiene and social distancing.
  • Communicate well and often through phone, text, email, and social media.
  • Give special attention to the needs of those at higher risk.
  • Know that staff is encouraged to work from home, as appropriate.
  • Staff will remain available by cell phone or email.
  • Keep your financial giving current through online and mail options.
  • Pray for God to bring healing and hope during these critical days.

 

Your church leaders will continue to monitor this situation which is changing on a daily basis. We will offer periodic updates by e-blasts and on our website. Please read them carefully and respond appropriately. And, of course, remain calm and confident that our faith will lead us forward.

 

Peace, John