WORSHIP WITH HOLY COMMMUNION IN OUR SANCTUARY – 8:00am & 10:30am
SIGNING UP IS NO LONGER NECESSARY!
The 8am service will be livestreamed on Facebook and posted later on YouTube.
Download the bulletin here: OnlineWorshipBulletin2MAY21
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE
We might be back to two services in the sanctuary, but things are not “back to normal.” We continue to observe practices for safer gatherings in keeping with phase three guidelines in Governor Inslee’s “Health Washington” plan.
Masks are worn by all worshippers. The only exceptions to this are worship leaders while addressing the congregation and when masks are briefly removed by worshippers for Holy Communion. (By the way, all worship leaders verbally addressing the congregation are also fully vaccinated.)
Social distancing is practiced. Every other pew is kept empty to maintain distancing, and those who choose to socialize after worship do so while distancing outdoors in the church parking lot.
The services are shorter, with most lasting less than 45 minutes. Singing is limited.
Presealed communion elements are handed out as you arrive by masked, gloved volunteers, and consumed in your pew.
Windows are kept open during the service to improve air flow. You might want to bring a sweater or jacket on chilly mornings.
We have been worshipping with these procedures in place for ten months at the 8:00am service, and it has resulted in zero COVID transmission. These are certainly not ideal circumstances, but as our 8:00am worshippers would attest, there is still a worshipful atmosphere and a sense of community in our gatherings. It is understood that some high-risk OHLC members will continue to worship with us online, but we hope that knowledge of these procedures will help many of our members better discern whether the time is right for you to return to our sanctuary.