COVID-19: Our Response

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.

Worship will continue to be offered online on YouTube and Facebook (premiering at 9:00 am Sunday morning).

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)
10:00 am In-Person Worship in our sanctuary (condensed with no singing)

  • Masks and social distancing (through assigned seats) required
  • RSVP required by 1:00 pm on the Friday before
  • Full details are in this letter we sent to the congregation: COVID-19 update July 2020
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:

Related Links:

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)