Weekly Email from Pastor Axel
Posted on June 19, 2020
|June 18, 2020
Thanks to everyone who participated in the diaper drive for the Harvest Project in honour of Fathers Day!
We wish to acknowledge and pray for those in our congregation who are graduating from high school, university or another training program. We want to celebrate alongside our grads on Sunday, June 28. Please contact Jane Sidjak if you or someone you know is celebrating an achievement.
In case you did not hear the announcement on Sunday, we want to thank everyone who sent in the ballots for our online annual meeting. The response was high. All motions were passed. Nominees have been elected to the Council and to our Nominating Committee. May they sense the Lord’s blessing as they serve.
Council has passed two motions this week:
The opening of the church buildings for small group use is subject to reconsideration if the health situation deteriorates in the community around us (as it is doing in parts of the world as I write, though not in British Columbia) or if groups choose not to follow the protocols that are adopted. We request your patience as we try to navigate the many uncertainties and emotions among us at this time.
The second motion of Council was to choose Sunday, September 13 as the date for our first service back in the sanctuary. It will be subject to safety protocols including a maximum of 49 people, according to public health standards. The expectation is we will plan to start with one service so we can figure out the logistics before increasing to 2 sanctuary services. The fall plan will be published, and will be subject to revision according to the public health situation in BC.
We will keep our weekly live Zoom services going throughout the summer. We plan to continue with the live Zoom in the fall, plus a recording of the service on the church website.
I am so appreciative of everyone’s patience as we have learned, by trial and error, how to shift our ministry during this unusual time. This patience has meant a lot to those of us on staff and in volunteer leadership roles as we navigate these challenges together.
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