August 3, 2021 Update

Dear Centenary UMC Family,

It has been wonderful welcoming so many of you back to the church campus these last few months. I have loved seeing your faces, visiting with you, and being in worship where we all speak the liturgy and sing the hymns.


Our ministry team continues to monitor the data related to the Coronavirus and especially the troubling rise of the delta, gamma, and lambda variants. We echo the concerns of health professionals and many of you regarding breakthrough infections amongst vaccinated people and the toll this is taking on all of us.


Last week the CDC and our Bishop and Cabinet issued new guidelines which we are incorporating in our daily operations this week. These are as follows.

· We encourage persons to be vaccinated and respect the fact that some cannot be vaccinated because they are immunocompromised.


· We encourage the wearing of masks, regardless of vaccination status, at all indoor ministry activities including worship, faith formation classes, and group meetings.


· In order to protect children participating in our children’s ministry events, we require all students, volunteers, staff, and visitors to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on church property and require symptom screening for each volunteer before the gathering.

On August 22 our program ministries begin a new year of ministry opportunities. The measures outlined above will allow us to be the Church, together in ministries of worship, discipleship, and transformation while also keeping each other safe and healthy. I ask each of you to do your part to help us live Jesus’ words to love our neighbor as our selves and fulfill our mission of transforming the world.

I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday and on the campus throughout the week.