|June 20, 2021||As New York has dropped many of its required COVID safety restrictions, we have made the following changes to our policy, effective June 20, 2021:
Please note that the mask requirements are the one thing that New York did not drop, so we will continue asking those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask inside the building. Those who have been vaccinated may choose to remove their masks. Thank you for your continued cooperation!
|May 30, 2021||In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and New York state, and in consideration of those who are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, our COVID safety protocol was altered as follows:
As we look toward resuming other higher-risk activities in the future, we are also inviting those attending worship to voluntarily let us know if they have been vaccinated. This will help us better assess the overall risk factor for the congregation. Just contact Kathy in the office or let the outside greeter know when you arrive for worship. This is purely voluntary; you may choose to not share this information if you wish.
|April 25, 2021||We made some small changes to our COVID safety protocol, including opening all restrooms for single-use only and replacing the pew cushions.|
|April 11, 2021||After drive-in worship services in our parking lot for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, we began gathering again for in-person worship in our sanctuary with all the same safety protocol in place as before, according to the letter sent in July of 2020. This 10:00 am Sunday morning worship service includes required masks, assigned seating, and RSVP required by Friday at 1:00 pm. You may refer to the letter (COVID-19 update July 2020) for a complete listing of the protocol.|
|March 16, 2021||We began gathering in person again, in small groups for things such as Bible study. All previous COVID safety protocol remained in place.|
|November 23, 2020||Due to the expected rise in cases after Thanksgiving, as well as the rise in numbers in Oneida County, Council voted to hit “pause” on gathering in person in the church building. This means in-person worship, Bible study, and meetings are currently suspended, starting Sunday, November 29.
While the building is not closed, we are only allowing one individual or household to be in the same space at the same time (and they should be spaced out as much as possible, ideally 24 hours apart). Please contact the office for scheduling if you need assistance or need access to the church building, and sign in on the clipboard whenever you enter or exit.
|October 13, 2020||We began offering in-person gatherings for Bible study and Council meetings in the fellowship hall once again. Gatherings limited to one hour and participants must wear masks and socially distance. We adopted a guideline of 24 hours between activities in the same space, in order to allow droplets to settle and surfaces to be sanitized.|
|July 12, 2020||We altered our worship service schedule to be as follows:
9:00 am Online Worship on our YouTube channel and Facebook page (including singing, best for those who have health risks or cannot wear a mask)
|March 20, 2020||In accordance with the state of New York’s stay at home order, we closed our building and suspended all building use. The office remained open remotely. Full details are in this letter we sent to the congregation: COVID-19 update March 2020|
|March 15, 2020||Following recommendations from our bishop John Macholz and the lead of Oneida County, we suspended in-person worship services and moved to offering Sunday worship completely online.|
Letter that was sent to the congregation, July 2020:
Letter that was sent to the congregation, March 2020:
New York State’s coronavirus information page (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home)
The ELCA public health page (https://elca.org/publichealth)
The Upstate NY Synod public health page (https://upstatenysynod.org/public-health-concern)