We appreciate all of you as we continue a unique journey in our time. Our prayers are with you all.

We offer three options for worship, since we are getting more people NOT wearing masks coming into church, we have adjusted the seating space:

  • if you want to wear a mask: come inside through the northwest Sanctuary door (by the piano) or the main entrance into the sanctuary, please sit on the piano side, use sanitizer, and sit according to distancing guidelines;

  • if you do not want to wear a mask: come inside to the main entrance, use sanitizer, and sit in the center and south sections, at recommended distances (except for family groups),

  • stay outside (in your car or on your lawn chairs) and listen by tuning into 93.3FM. 

Greeters can help you as you enter. If you need a mask, there are some available for you as you enter church. The church will remain a handshake free zone.

If you are ill, are in a compromised health situation, have been exposed to a COVID person, or simply don’t feel comfortable coming, we ask that you not come to the services just yet. We ask everyone to consider others during this unique time.

The Board meets regularly to discuss the plans for the next steps. Our longing is to worship in one place but we know we have to take a step at a time. Nursery is closed for now, but Sunday School is in session most Sundays.  Parents should decide whether to have their children participate in either of those ministries.

 For the time being:

  • No passing of offering plates. We encourage you to use the offering boxes at the back of the sanctuary, give through the online portal, or mail.

  • no official fellowship time, though folks are welcome to stay and talk at their discretion, while being encouraged to use safe distancing practices;

  • you can also still hear/see the service on the Evergreen website.

The playground can be used by children at their parent’s discretion.

Lori Worst, board chair

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience….And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12,14.

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Also, continue in prayer…

~ Pray for an end to the outbreak; for those who are ill, and for their families.

~ Pray that somehow the Gospel will be heard/seen as believers serve others in the midst of this trial.

~ Pray for those on the front lines of response to the crisis: for health workers and public officials who are charged with making decisions that impact our common life; for medical personnel treating those who are ill; and for emergency personnel who may be called upon to respond to crises that develop in the midst of tension.

~ Pray for those who are particularly vulnerable to upper respiratory illness (the elderly and the immune-compromised); those with underlying lung or heart conditions;

~ Pray for a calm spirit among our citizens in the face of various supply shortages that may develop through the crisis.

~ For all churches that are serving in communities where poverty heightens vulnerability and a lack of adequate health care.

And here are a number of resources that could be helpful:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

Compiled by Update and Thorough Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Julie McMurry, MPH