Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Dear Saints at Epiphany:
Today Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a statewide mandatory mask order requiring people to wear masks at all indoor public places, including houses of worship. Even with social distancing, the order requires individuals to wear masks at all times within public places.
Exceptions related to our congregational setting include the following:
- Children ages 10 and under do not have to wear masks.
- People who cannot “medically tolerate” wearing a mask need not wear one.
- Officiants at religious services do not have to wear masks.
The governor’s order goes into effect at midnight tonight (i.e., 00:00 hours of July 17th). You may read the governor’s complete order at this link: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6990217-Colorado-Mask-Order-7-16-20.html
In order to remain in compliance with Colorado state law, our congregation will abide by the governor’s order, effective tomorrow, July 17th, 2020, in addition to the church worship policies already dated May 26th, 2020 (posted elsewhere).
Here is what this means for you: anyone working, volunteering, or visiting the inside of any buildings on our church campus for any activity, including worship, classes, and VBS, must wear a mask at all times while the governor’s order remains in effect. The only exceptions are for children ages 10 and under, people whose health prohibits wearing a mask, and religious officiants inside the chancel area (i.e., pastor, lector, elder, etc.). Religious officiants outside of the chancel area (e.g., moving about the building or sanctuary) must wear a mask.
The church does have a supply of masks available upon entry into the Social Hall (also known as narthex or “lobby”). For your comfort, we encourage you to bring and wear your own mask.
Please direct any questions to Pastor Chris Matthis, President Larry Martin, or Head Elder Mitch Arndt.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. Pray for a speedy end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blessings in Jesus,
Pastor Chris Matthis
Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24th, 2020
Dear Epiphany Family and Friends:
Alleluia! Christ is risen! I write to you with great joy that we may safely and legally gather for in-person worship this coming weekend to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Lord’s Church on Pentecost.
Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Tri-County Health Department granted allowance for the variance request submitted by the Douglas County Commissioners on May 15th. This variance from the governor’s “safer at home” orders permits us to worship with certain limitations (see attachment).
We plan to hold public worship services on May 30th and 31st at our regular pre-pandemic service times: Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 8:00am and 11:00am. Sunday school and adult Bible class will not be offered this weekend online or in person due to Confirmation Orientation.
We will continue to offer online worship services for those who are uncomfortable or unable to worship with us in person. We will no longer pre-record worship services. Saturday evening worship services will be recorded and available for viewing on Sunday. For technical reasons, we are unable to livestream over the Internet from our campus.
The Church Staff, Council, Elders, and other volunteers have been hard at work preparing our campus to welcome you back to a safe, clean, beautiful environment. We still have more work to do this week. If you are willing to help with the grounds outside, please contact me as soon as possible, so that I can let you know what remains to be done.
Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and words of encouragement during the past 2-1/2 months as we sought to respond and adapt to the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We could not have done it without you!
Please read and familiarize yourself with the attached COVID-19 Reopening Requirements for Worship, which were approved at a special Elders Meeting today. Do not hesitate to contact church staff or elders with any questions about these requirements.
I look forward to seeing you next weekend—thanks be to God!
Your fellow servant,
Pastor Chris Matthis