Dear Members and Friends of Saint Michael’s,
As we find ourselves at the beginning of the summer of 2021, we have much to be thankful for. Children have successfully completed another year of school, cherished community and social events are back on the calendar, and our country which has been so negatively affected by COVID-19 is returning to some sense of normalcy. I am particularly thankful that the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas has been so pronounced. We have come a long way from March of 2020 when our normal worship practices were upended by a virus about which we knew very little, and for which we had no vaccine or clear treatment protocols. Today vaccines are available on demand for anyone who wishes to receive one, hospitals are far better equipped to care for those who do contract this virus, and insights into prevention and treatment increase daily.
Because of these reasons, the Board of Elders at their meeting yesterday evening determined that beginning on Sunday, July 4th, we will be returning to our normal worship practices.
This means that for the remainder of June, we will continue to offer worship in its current format allowing the option for drive-in participation, but that beginning on the first Sunday in July, this option will no longer be available and we will rejoice to see everyone together once again in the Sanctuary. We will not require anyone to take preventive measures such as social distancing, hand sanitizing, or mask wearing, but of course we will respect the choice of those who choose to take preventive measures for themselves while returning indoors.
During the remaining weeks in June, if you have been participating in the parking lot specifically because of COVID concerns, I would ask that you contact me so that we can determine how best to address those concerns as the congregation returns indoors together. If you have been participating from the parking lot primarily due to mobility issues, we will have ushers and elders on hand on Sunday mornings to help you into the church. But if you have been participating in the service from the parking lot more because of convenience or comfort rather than specific health concerns, I would encourage you not to wait until July, but to return inside at this time.
We will continue to receive communion in a “continuous” style and will serve those unable to walk forward in their pew.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
I look forward to seeing everyone united in worship under one roof once again on July 4th!
Rev. Nate Hill
Saint Michael's Lutheran Church