May -- 2021
For nearly 14 months, SCF has not held a public worship service due to the COVID pandemic. By the way, it was Pastor Frank Brocker who led our last public worship service on March 8, 2020, but we won’t blame him for what happened subsequently!
During the shut-down, a Virtual Worship Service has served as a weekly worship alternative. To make that possible, we need to give a giant thanks to Randy Heise who masterminded the mammoth job of (1) video-recording our virtual service every Saturday, (2) editing and mixing, at home, the audio recording done each week by Roger Smith, (3) often adding in special music prerecorded by bell ringers or vocalists, and then (4) Roger, posting the finished product on the SCF website in both video and audio formats for Sunday distance participation – no small undertaking!!!
Hopefully we are turning a corner towards again offering in-house worship services. Given the increasing number of COVID inoculations being administered, and we know that Sunriver people are taking full advantage of that, it was our intention to begin inperson worship services on Sunday, May 9, which is Mother’s Day. However, due to the recent spike in COVID cases, and the new designation in Deschutes County as “Extreme”, we are changing our plan.
Don’t be dismayed!!! We will still have our first in-person worship service on May 9, 10:30 a.m., but it will be held outdoors in the HTCC parking lot on the east side of the building, as we did last fall, weather permitting. This outdoor gathering will continue until we receive word that the county’s COVID designation has lowered, at which time we will move to indoor worship services.
As we did last fall, the following basic guidelines need to be observed for our outdoor worship services:
• Bring your own folding chair(s).
• Mask-wearing, currently, according to the CDC, is not required if outdoors if you have had both inoculations.
• If you have not had your second inoculation, please wear a mask for the sake of others.
• Maintain a reasonable distance from others just as a precaution.
In anticipation of in-person worship services, the Worship Committee has developed several protocols that will need to be observed. As we draw closer to that time, we will notify you with protocol-specifics that will provide both a public worship opportunity and a safe environment for all participants.
Church leadership recognizes that the most important priority of our church family is to worship together. We appreciate your patience as we move towards that eventuality. We also know you appreciate the fact that safety is a top necessity that guides leadership’s decision regarding when to start in-house worship. We look forward with hope and anticipation to soon regathering for family worship.
OUTDOORS...INDOORS...TAPED WHICH WILL IT BE?
OUTDOORS: Starting Sunday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m., outdoor, in-person services will be held in the east side church parking lot.
Bring a chair, mask if you aren’t fully vaccinated, and maintain appropriate distance.
All outdoor services are subject to weather conditions.
Please note the slight time change to 10:30 p.m. to allow for set-up of your chairs!
INDOORS: No in-person, indoor services until safety conditions, and state and county guidelines, allow such gatherings at a capacity to best serve the greatest number of our congregation again.
TAPING: Weekly Sunday services will continue to be taped and posted on the SCF website until indoor services are able to reconvene at full capacity . All taped services are available for viewing on the SCF website on the date of celebration and will remain posted: www.sunriverchristianfellowship.org