In John 13:34-35, Jesus presents his disciples with a new commandment: “[a]s I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Beloveds, as we endure a global pandemic together, following these guidelines are how we love one another in addition to being flexible, gracious, adapting to the needs of the moment with little notice, and being comfortable with ongoing change. By working together in an open-hearted way and by centering the needs of those most vulnerable among us, we can keep each other healthy and safe and do so in a grace-filled spirit of love.
Discuss the vaccine and any boosters with a medical professional and follow their advice.
Stay home if you are feeling unwell and are experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms (e.g., runny nose, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, headache and/or fever).
When wearing a mask, you must cover your entire nose and mouth.
If you do not feel safe being physically present at any time during the pandemic, that is okay. We are still here for you.
If someone is wearing a mask or is sitting distanced from others, please respect their comfort-level in a loving way.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with other members of the congregation or if you have come into close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least the initial Sunday after your positive test or known exposure. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, notify anyone who has come into close contact with you.
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