WEEKLY CALENDAR
 

 

Sunday, October 17

  9:30 am Zoom Adult Sunday School

10:00 am Zoom Youth Sunday School

11:00 am In-Person with a mask & Live-Stream Worship

Noon Congregational Meeting to elect Elders & Deacons for the class of 2024

  6:00 pm AA Meeting

 

Tuesday, October 19

  6:00 pm AA Meeting

 

Wednesday, October 20

  2:50 pm Bocce Ball

  6:00 pm AA Meeting

 

Thursday, October 21

  9:00 am Prayer & Devotions (in-person & on zoom)

 

Sunday, October 24

  9:30 am Zoom Adult Sunday School

10:00 am Zoom Youth Sunday School

11:00 am In-Person with a mask & Live-Stream Worship

  6:00 pm AA Meeting

 

*New Office Hours for Administrative Assistant*

Monday and Tuesday: 9am-12pm; 1pm-3pm

Beginning Monday, January 4, Renita will be moving to part-time hours in the church office in anticipation of her retirement. The Personnel Committee has already begun the process of seeking candidates for the position. In fact, we are seeking candidates for two part-time positions: Administrative Assistant and Finance Ministry Assistant.

*The Pastor’s hours will remain the same, Monday through Friday. Please contact him by cell phone (828-289-0902) or email (dscofield@bellsouth.net)

if you prefer to make an appointment to meet with him.

Thank you!

 

**Please note: Due to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases
in our community,
everyone will be required
to wear a mask
during worship
until further notice.
 
 
Important Updates
 
 
Worship and Masks
 
Due to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in our community (50 new cases on 7/26, 109 new cases on 8/9, several deaths in the past few days, and one county church having to close down completely), everyone entering the church building must now wear a mask. We regret that we must return to this policy, however, after consulting with our medical personnel and carefully considering the rates of infection and the warnings from government health agencies, we believe it is best to mandate that masks be worn by everyone. It is very disappointing that our county continues to have a very low rate of full vaccination (29% fully vaccinated as opposed to 49% for the US and 44% for NC). It is therefore imperative that we take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this virus.
 
As always, wearing or not wearing a mask is not a political statement in our church. It is a matter of care and concern for the welfare of others and a recognition that, as followers of Christ, we put others before ourselves.
 
 
Doors to be Locked
 
Please note that the Session, out of concern for the safety of the congregation, has expanded their policy with regard to locking doors on Sunday morning. The glass doors under the portico in the new building and the glass doors in the Garden Room that lead to the memorial garden will continue to be locked at 11:10 a.m. The wooden doors to the Narthex that face North Washington Street will now be locked at 11:15 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience, but it is the Session's goal to provide the safest environment possible for worship.
 
 
 
A Note for Parents
 
At the current time, the nursery is not staffed. If infection rates in the community are low, we anticipate that staff will be in place in September when we begin Sunday School. Parents are welcome to use the nursery and playroom area anytime it would be helpful to them and their children. (Just so you know: we love children to be present in worship and think that a crying baby is music to our ears! So please do not feel compelled to take your child out of worship just because they are crying or being loud.) We recognize, however, that there are times when an alternative space may be helpful. In addition, the television in the new lobby is available to view the worship service live on YouTube if that would be of assistance to you.