September 24, 2020

During the month of October we will have outdoor worship services every Sunday! October 4 the service will be all outdoors since this is the pastor’s installation. That service will begin at 8:30am, and will include communion.

Beginning October 11 the services will be moved back to our old time of 10am.

Beginning October 11 and the remainder of the Sundays in October the church sanctuary will be open for those who would like to sit inside. Please note, however, that the main service will still take place outdoors, with Pastor Alvin preaching from outside. Sound will be provided inside. Persons age 65 and older, and anyone with underlying health conditions as stated by the CDC, or who has been exposed to Covid 19 are strongly encouraged to not go into the sanctuary.

For those who choose to sit in the sanctuary, communion and other supplies will be on a table at the entry for you to pick up. You will take communion in the pew, the same as is being done outside.

For those continuing to worship outside or in your cars things will remain the same as previous months.

Communion will be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays only.

Rules for Inside Seating:

Ø Masks are required at all times, except while taking communion.

Ø The use of hand sanitizer is required before picking up supplies and entering.

Ø Enter and exit only by side door under carport.

Ø Physical distancing is required except for family members.

Ø Seating will begin at the front of the church and proceed toward the back.

Ø Exit will begin from the back of the church and proceed toward the front.

Ø Roped off pews are not to be used.

Ø No singing or reading out loud.

Ø Those over 65 or with underlying health conditions as stated by the CDC are strongly encouraged not to sit inside.

Ø Restroom usage is also discouraged, as is going in the hallway for any other reason.

Ø Offerings should be left in the offering container on the supply table.

Ø All books, pens and attendance cards will be removed from pews. There will be someone taking attendance during the service.

Ø Please bring your communion trash out as you exit. There will be a trash can in the narthex.

Ø Pastor Alvin will be greeting people under the cemetery pavilion only. If you wish to say hello please drive through.

Resolution Allowing Inside Seating During Worship

The Council of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg hereby resolves that it will allow persons to sit in the sanctuary during worship as of October 11, 2020.

The Executive Committee adopted the following to guidelines.

Consistent with our calling to love and care for one another and for the health of our neighbors, any person choosing to sit in the sanctuary must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. Those who are ill, have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are in vulnerable populations should refrain from sitting inside during worship. Persons exposed to COVID-19, or who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, must refrain from sitting in the sanctuary until at least two weeks after they have tested negative for the presence of the virus.

Persons who choose to sit inside during worship agree to inform the church promptly if they learn they have been exposed to COVID-19. Notice of COVID-19 exposure should be made by calling or emailing the church office at 979-289-3896 or and should inform us of the relevant date(s) of being seated inside during worship.

The church will then make appropriate, anonymous notifications to others who may have been seated inside on the same date, so they may take appropriate steps to protect their health and safety. The church office will also notify public health authorities and will assist them in any efforts to undertake contact tracing.