Immanuel Building Closure continues during Pandemic;
Immanuel’s Acting Session Discerns Opening
Last week the State of California issued new guidelines for opening churches. The 13-page document outlining the guidelines, released by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA, strongly encourage churches, mosques, temples and other houses of worship to continue to facilitate remote services for those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
The guidelines are very clear and helpful but will take time to work through and plan for implementation. The Acting Session (i.e. Administrative Commission) has been meeting and discussing if, how and when to open the building to various activities including worship.
The reopening of houses of worship will be subject to approval by county departments of public health, and some localities may choose to push back their own reopening dates.
Pastors from around the Presbytery of the Pacific met today (via zoom) to discuss if, how and when our congregations will be reopening and most all affirmed that they are NOT planning to open immediately for worship; but rather like Immanuel will continue to discern if, how and when it is best to reopen in a way that is safe for all.
The Building Committee of the AC/Acting Session is clear that more time is needed to discern when Immanuel can safely open for on-site worship; that will happen no sooner than early July.
Until then, we will continue with our vibrant online worship through Facebook live and through the phone on Zoom. Please join us!
[Read the story: “California limits church capacity to 25% for reopening, adds other restrictions” in the Los Angeles Times]
Most other Immanuel building operations will continue to be closed at this time, with the exception of Food Pantry operations. Please know that during most previous office hours no one will be answering the phone. Please contact Pastor Andy if you need anything by email at aschwiebert@immanuelpres.