From the Board of Elders – Update on the Mask Mandate and the restrictions for Covid 19
On May 13th the Center for Disease Control lifted many restrictions on people that have been fully vaccinated for Covid 19. This includes no more mask requirements or social distancing requirements in most outdoor and indoor settings, including places of worship.
On May 18th the Board of Elders met with Pastor to discuss lifting restrictions for our Divine Services. It was agreed that we would lift the mask mandate and the social distancing requirements beginning on Sunday, May 30th.
The Board felt that most people have had the opportunity to be vaccinated for the virus and that our members have had the choice as to receive the vaccine or not. Attendees that want to continue masking and/or social distancing are encouraged to do so. There is plenty of room in our Sanctuary for continued social distancing if desired.
There will be a few things that will be different than pre-Covid. We will utilize Continuous Communion for now. Ushers will help the Congregation with the order and procedures. Social distancing is encouraged, but not required as we move forward to receive the Elements. The Offering Plates will not be passed and will continue to be placed at the entrances to the Sanctuary. Ushers will bring the offering forward at the proper place in the Service for a Blessing from the Pastor. The attendance registers are back in the Pews and attendees are encouraged to sign them.
The Service bulletins and the offering plates will be set-up outside the sanctuary. Please place offerings in when entering or leaving and take a bulletin.
Any member that has tested positive for the Covid19 virus in the last 14 days, or is not vaccinated and has symptoms or been exposed to the virus recently, should not attend church.
Pastor will continue to record the Divine Service and post on YouTube. You can find this video on YouTube if you search for Grace Lutheran Church Waterloo Iowa. Make sure you type all the way through Waterloo Iowa. There is another Grace Lutheran in Watertown SD and that may be what tries to come up in your search. If you don’t have the internet or the ability to find YouTube, ask children or grandchildren to help. Communion is also available through Pastor by appointment. Please contact the church office if you would like to set this up.
Monday Services will resume on June 7th and are scheduled to run through the end of August.
For future communications, please see the Grace website, call the church office, or call one of the Elders. Also, please bring any concerns or feedback to the attention of Pastor or one of the Elders.
It was a long 15 months of dealing with the Covid pandemic, during which we endured as a congregation with patience and grace. We look forward to reuniting in person with all of our members again in the weeks to come.