Respectfully Submitted: Claude Coulson
Since many of you have only visited the church in person recently, I would like to bring everyone up to date on many of the improvements and items that still need improving.
- In the kitchen the old wooden island was removed and a new island was installed.
- The lower classrooms had the windows replaced and a concrete pathway was installed to help with water removal.
- Many of you have seen the beautiful transformation of the Altar window. Notice the amount of detail that was never seen before. Many of the other windows were in need of repair and should be completed soon.
- A new AV system was installed that will allow us the ability to have a virtual experience that brings church to our homes that will be like being there. Think about the days when the weather prohibits us from attending or when we are out of town on business or vacation. Weddings and funerals can now be viewed from anywhere allowing friends and family to attend without traveling. Volunteers are needed to run the system.
Although there have been many improvements, there is still a need for many more. These include repainting the classrooms, main church doors need repair and paint, roofing needs repair to prevent leaks coming into the chapel and near the organ. A new fire alarm is needed to prevent false alarms and protect God’s Church.
The property committee can’t do these repairs on their own, they need the help of all parishioners. The costs of these repairs and improvements are high and while we realize we have all have a difficult year and a half, without being in church, we don’t see what’s needed. I would invite you to speak to anyone on the property committee if you have any questions or recommendations.
New schedules are being prepared as part of Good Shepherd’s reopening plan. Please check back for updates. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.
In light of the CDC’s recent announcement and the guidelines from the Diocesan Re-Opening Task Force, The Vestry approved the following adjustments to our existing “in person worship” protocols, beginning May 22, 2021:
#1. Vaccinated worship leaders will not be required to wear a mask (Fr. Dave will continue to wear a mask when distributing the sacrament)
#2. Congregational singing (with masks) will resume on Pentecost Sunday.
#3. The Book of Common Prayer and Hymnals will return to the pews.
#4. We will continue to require all worshipers to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We will increase the maximum # of worshipers to 50..
“In-person” has resumed for Saturday, 5:30pm and Sunday, 10:00am Services. A FlockNote to pre-register will be sent out each Thursday of the week. Deadline for registering will be Friday, 12 Noon for that week.
The Vestry held a special meeting this afternoon and decided to approve a proposal to resume “in-person” worship during Holy Week. The decision was difficult (every member of the Vestry expressed ambivalence: a desire to resume in-person worship but also a deep concern for the health and safety of every member of the parish) and it was not unanimous. But it is the decision and we move forward “Joyfully, Hopefully and CAREFULLY“. It is important that parishioners remember three things:
#1. The protocols that were established back in November will continue to be maintained (masks; social distancing; no congregational singing and the distribution of the host only in the pews)
#2. It will be necessary to pre-register for every service and a maximum attendance of 40 will be permitted (this number includes the Celebrant; Deacon; Lector; organist and ushers).
#3. No one should feel obligated to attend just because in-person worship will be resumed. We will continue to “live stream” all services using the Zoom platform (we are working to upgrade the quality of our presentation with the purchase of new “hardware”).
A FlockNote with detailed information about the schedule for Holy Week and Easter (including pre-registration information) will be sent on Monday.