Friday, November 20th, 2020
Dear Saints at Epiphany:
Peace be with you. I write to you as Douglas County moves into the Red level of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDHPE) new Covid-19 risk dial. You may visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial for more information about the changes.
Under the Red threat level, our congregational gatherings and activities are limited to 25% of room capacity with a maximum of 50 people allowed in the Sanctuary for worship services. The congregational President, Head Elder, and I are in agreement that in-person meetings, classes, and other activities may continue at church as long as group sizes remain within the new capacity limits for each room and attendees maintain 6 feet of social distance. Outdoor church activities have no size limit currently, so long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
For your convenience, we have created a color-coded spreadsheet that indicates capacity for each of our meeting rooms under various threat levels. Please note: room capacity increases if groups utilize chairs and remove tables. Seating capacity is less when tables are setup. These requirements are subject to change in accordance with State and County guidelines.
In addition, with the new threat level, we believe the best practice is to reintroduce a mask mandate for all church activities—including the entirety of worship services. Exceptions will be made for children ages 2 and under, those for whom masks are medically intolerant, religious officiants in the chancel area of the Sanctuary, and staff alone in their offices. The church does have a limited supply of masks available if you forgot yours.
If you have any questions about the mask requirement or how the Red threat level impacts our congregation, please contact President Larry Martin, Head Elder Mitch Arndt, or me.
Pray for an end to the pandemic and for health and safety for all under God’s gracious care.
Your humble servant,
Pastor Chris Matthis