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A Word From Pastor Mike

June, 21 2020
Dear Church of the Harvest Family and Friends,
Together Again: Good News. We celebrate Reopening.

We have been going through some trying times. We recognize that the restrictions placed on churches have been a necessary response to public health concerns. Although our services had to be suspended, for a season, we need to remember that “the church” never closed! The Church exists beyond the restrictions imposed. Corporate worship has been temporarily interrupted which has been difficult, however, the glory of God remains undiminished, though we worship Him in different venues. As restrictions are being relaxed, we are cautiously moving forward to reestablish services and opportunities for safe fellowship. Current government protocols allow for 25% of total capacity.

We have come up with the following plans to be implemented beginning Sunday, June 21st. We will be open for service at 10:30a.m. on Sundays, and Wednesday mornings for prayer at 6:30a.m.

With that said it is important to move forward wisely. Our actions must reflect a genuine love and concern for the safety of others. Please wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing if you determine to join us on Sunday morning. Several chairs have been removed from the sanctuary to allow for distance. The fellowship hall will be set up as overflow and specifically as a less crowded and safer area for those with heightened concerns. Please be especially aware of the concerns that others might also have. Keep a distance of 6 feet between yourselves and others that are not part of your household. If you have been ill, please stay at home for now. If you are at risk due to your age or an underlying condition, consider watching the service from the safety of your home. We are planning to live stream Sunday morning service (See Web site for details). Wednesday prayer can be joined via Zoom. There will be no children’s church, Sunday School, or nursery until further notice.

Other practices in place include:
The church will be sanitized weekly.
Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter.
Sanitizing wipes will be available in all restrooms.
Greeters will not remain in the foyer but will greet people on the steps outside. (Weather permitting)
Ushers will assist in maintaining social distancing.
No bulletins will be available (please check Web site for announcements and coming events).
Offering plates will not be passed (Please use offering box in the back of the Church).

As you are able and feel safe to do so, please consider joining us on Sunday, June 21. The leadership team will continue to closely monitor the situation and we fully expect that our plans may need to be adapted possibly on a weekly basis. Please refer to our Web site for additional updates.

Stay in prayer, stand strong, and let us work together. The reality is things may be difficult for some time, but along with the challenge comes the opportunity. As situations cast shadows in our times, remember we are destined to shine brightly to dispel the darkness. The Church continues to move forward. I look forward to seeing everyone together again.

In His Service,
Pastor Mike

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