We are doing our best to move forward as a community of faith as safely and effectively as possible. Due to the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in our area, we have decided to limit in-person gathering at church to the bare essentials.
We will continue to have worship in-person in the sanctuary every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We understand that for many, this gathering is not a safe option. Please exercise caution and make decisions based on your own comfort with manageable risk. It is impossible to worship in a completely safe way, but we will do our best to mitigate risk as much as we can while still coming together.
We will continue to space out the pews and require masks to be worn within the building. We strongly encourage the use of the KN95 masks (or some similar variation). Disposable paper masks have been shown to be less effective in reducing the spread of contagions, and cloth masks have been shown to be extremely ineffective for the omicron variant.
Children’s Sunday school will be postponed until further notice. The participants of the adult Sunday school class will decide if they will meet in Epworth Hall or postpone their class as well. Meetings of committees are encouraged to take place only in Epworth Hall, where people can each sit at their own table. The Monday Bible study will be online-only. If you want help setting up Zoom on your home computer or smart phone, please let me know. Our Wednesday Prayer and Devotion will continue to be online only.
We will set up a live feed to be shown on our Facebook page at 9:25 a.m. each Sunday. We will continue to record and produce another Worship at Home video that will be put on our website at 2:00 each afternoon. We currently do not have the technical capabilities to produce a live feed from our website.
I want to reiterate a few things that we know about our situation right now. Vaccines have been proven to be effective and safe. A “third shot” booster is important, especially for protection against the omicron variant.
Omicron is dangerous. While there is a general public understanding that the omicron variant causes more mild symptoms, this does not seem to be true for the unvaccinated or at-risk population. Please review the study below to learn more.
Pastor Robb McCoy
The Washington State Department of Health released these figures as a summary report of their study comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated patients in the state of Washington.
Unvaccinated 12-34 year-olds in Washington are
- 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 year-olds.
- 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 yearolds.
Unvaccinated 35-64 year-olds are
- 4 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35-64 year-olds.
- 11 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35-64 yearolds.
Unvaccinated 65+ year-olds are
- 6 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
- 11 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ yearolds.
- 15 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds
Summary of COVID response
- We will worship in person. Please exercise caution in attending. We do not expect to have large attendance numbers, but feel that providing the in-person option for worship is still important.
- The church office hours will remain unchanged.
- We will provide a live feed on our Facebook page of worship, and it will launch near 9:25 every morning. The Worship at Home video will be available at 2:00 p.m.
- All Worship at Home videos are still available at our church website at http://tworiversumc.org/WorshipAtHome. Click on the numbers at the bottom to scroll through past videos.
- All non-essential gatherings are encouraged to be done online. Most committee meetings can be done on a hybrid basis.
- Children’s Sunday school is postponed until further notice. The adult Sunday school class will decide if they will meet in Epworth Hall or not.
- Masks are required while in the building. KN95 masks (or similar variant) are highly recommended. Paper disposable surgical masks are adequate. Cloth masks are strongly discouraged.
- The Saturday Meal Site will operate as it has. Individuals are required to be masks unless in the act of eating.
- The Monday Bible study will return to Zoom.
- Zoom Meeting Rooms:
- Administrative meetings: 773 080 329
- Bible studies and prayer service: 961 006 728