Update on church Ministries

in response to Covid 19


Update on Bethel Church Service (May 22, 2020):

 

After meeting with the full Leaders Council, we have decided to hold services at the church again (beginning this weekend Saturday 5.23 and Sunday 5.24 at their regularly scheduled times). We have not made this decision lightly. Over the course of our closure, we have met three times and have had several elder meetings to consider the merits of either having services begin or to continue with a video only service on the website.


During this time, if you are apprehensive about attending services, please continue to worship at home. This includes older adults who are at a higher risk; people with underlying medical conditions; family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk; and people who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions.  We will continue to put the recorded service online, though it will be later in the day on Sunday instead of Saturday evening.


If you have any of the following conditions we urge you to stay home:

         1.      People who have upper respiratory or flu like symptoms

         2.      People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu like symptoms

         3.      People with COVID-19 or who live with someone with COVID-19

         4.      People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19


Furthermore, we will not be providing nursery or children’s services during this phase.  If you do bring children (infants – grade 5) to church they must remain with you throughout the service and will not be allowed to interact with other children or adults. 


If you decide to attend an in-person service, here’s what you can expect in order for us to follow the 6-foot distancing requirements:


  • We will meet in Memorial Hall for both Saturday and Sunday services.
  • We will keep the doors opened for you, handouts will be on a table, and the offering will be received online or by placing it in the “little church” offering box or an offering plate.
  • We will space chairs further apart and only household members can sit together.
  • We ask that when singing you use a mask.
  • Wearing masks during the service is optional.  If you are more comfortable wearing one, please do.
  • We will dismiss by rows at the conclusion of the service.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • We will disinfect hard surfaces in the auditoriums, lobby, and restrooms before and after each service.
  • We ask everyone attending to take their temperature before attending and if anyone in that family has a temperature, the entire family needs to worship from home.

We realize this is a lot to take in and creates an unusual situation for worshiping together.  However, we want to create a healthy environment for those who are ready to return for in-person worship.  We will continue to assess this and let you know of any adaptations and changes we make.


We have also decided to cancel Vacation Bible School this summer. As hard as that is, with the timing of it (June 22-26), and our monitoring of what we can and can't do, as well as the concerns of both parents and some of our workers, we felt the best course was to cancel it this year.


If you have any questions, please call the church office (920) 847-2116 to speak with Pastor Rick. We believe God has incredible things in store for you and for Bethel in the days and weeks ahead. 


You are loved and prayed for,


Pastor Rick, Andy Munao (Chair), and the Bethel Leaders Council   


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March 20, 2020


Dear Bethel Family,

In response to growing concern over COVID-19 and Governor Evers’ latest closure and gathering restrictions, Bethel Church has canceled all services and events until further notice.

Please note:

  • Each Saturday or Sunday, we invite you to join here online at the Bethel Church Website.  Go to the media page for the latest service.
  • Our team will continue to update you though our website, emails, and Tidings newsletter. If you don't receive our Tidings newsletter and would like to, contact Mary Andersen to get put on the list.

At this time, our building remains open and we are working to continue to care for the needs of our congregation. And, while this situation is unprecedented, we are hopeful that each one of us will take opportunities to care for those around us with the love and compassion exemplified by Christ.

Please continue to pray that this situation will cause hearts to open and respond to the Gospel.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Sincerely,

 

Andy Munao,

Church Chairman

Bethel Evangelical Free Church

Washington Island, WI