COVID Protocols Update

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Sunday WORSHIP 8:00AM & 10:30AM In Person

by: Mark Zier

03/23/2022

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Aloha Christ Lutheran Friends!

As you are probably aware, there are changes with the safety requirements by the State of Hawaii coming this weekend. Our Church Council met Tuesday (3/22) evening and agreed on an approach for moving forward here at church. It's understood that COVID will continue to be with us, but as long as our county remains in the low-risk category, there can be a relaxing of some protocols we've had in place since we resumed our in-person worship services in August of 2020. 

There is still a concern about another spike in cases, so we will be gradually phasing out some measures. IF there should be a need, these may have to be reestablished, but by God's grace, we're all praying that we're on our way to much more freedom. 

Starting this Sunday, masks will be optional, but still encouraged for those who may be vulnerable. Temperatures will not be taken, but registration will continue just in case there should be an outbreak. Physical distancing is encouraged, and the blue tape will remain on the pews to help with that for the time being. Hand sanitizers will continue to be available and suggested and the sanctuary will continue to be sprayed between services.

Since I will be in close proximity to most everyone, I will continue to wear a mask while interacting with people and while distributing Communion. I want all to feel safe to receive the Sacrament and to be able to communicate with me without apprehension.

As always, please monitor your own well-being before coming to church and if you aren't feeling well in any way, not just with possible COVID symptoms, please stay home and access the online services at ChristHilo.org/messages. We will look forward to welcoming you back once you're feeling well.

I continue to thank God for how you have shown your love and care for one another and our guests through this difficult time. Thank you for your patience with all of this. Please continue to pray that case counts continue to be low and to go down. If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the council members or me. I am very thankful for how our Council has worked together and been thoughtful and caring in these decisions. We are a blessed congregation in so many ways!

Blessings,

Pastor Mark

Aloha Christ Lutheran Friends!

As you are probably aware, there are changes with the safety requirements by the State of Hawaii coming this weekend. Our Church Council met Tuesday (3/22) evening and agreed on an approach for moving forward here at church. It's understood that COVID will continue to be with us, but as long as our county remains in the low-risk category, there can be a relaxing of some protocols we've had in place since we resumed our in-person worship services in August of 2020. 

There is still a concern about another spike in cases, so we will be gradually phasing out some measures. IF there should be a need, these may have to be reestablished, but by God's grace, we're all praying that we're on our way to much more freedom. 

Starting this Sunday, masks will be optional, but still encouraged for those who may be vulnerable. Temperatures will not be taken, but registration will continue just in case there should be an outbreak. Physical distancing is encouraged, and the blue tape will remain on the pews to help with that for the time being. Hand sanitizers will continue to be available and suggested and the sanctuary will continue to be sprayed between services.

Since I will be in close proximity to most everyone, I will continue to wear a mask while interacting with people and while distributing Communion. I want all to feel safe to receive the Sacrament and to be able to communicate with me without apprehension.

As always, please monitor your own well-being before coming to church and if you aren't feeling well in any way, not just with possible COVID symptoms, please stay home and access the online services at ChristHilo.org/messages. We will look forward to welcoming you back once you're feeling well.

I continue to thank God for how you have shown your love and care for one another and our guests through this difficult time. Thank you for your patience with all of this. Please continue to pray that case counts continue to be low and to go down. If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the council members or me. I am very thankful for how our Council has worked together and been thoughtful and caring in these decisions. We are a blessed congregation in so many ways!

Blessings,

Pastor Mark

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