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Message from Pastor Carrie | March 11, 2021

Dear SonRise Family and Friends,

Raise your hands in praise! SonRise Church will begin moving toward in-person worship services on Sunday mornings this month!

On Palm Sunday and Easter morning, we will offer in-person worship in the parking lot (weather permitting) at 10am. These services will also be live streamed if you choose to stay at home.

Sunday, April 11, we will open the building for a limited participation worship service. At this time, we will ask that you sign up in advance so we know how many to expect in attendance and be able to maintain all safety protocols (outlined below). We will continue to live stream and transmit over the radio in our parking lot if you would like to be present but not in the building.

We will need volunteers every week to help with ushering, counting, and directing “traffic”. We can utilize our classrooms and lobby area to accommodate more attendees. I know this won’t feel quite the same as being in the sanctuary, however our #1 priority is and will continue to be the health and safety of ALL our neighbors. If you can volunteer, please contact the church office by phone or email.

A registration link will be provided to sign up for worship attendance, or you call the church office before Thursday noon the week before the Sunday you would like to attend.

Safety protocols (until further notice):

Temperatures will be taken at the door.

Masks will be required in the lobby, sanctuary, and classrooms.

6 ft social distancing will remain in place

No passing the peace, shaking hands or fellowshipping indoors will be permitted.

Entering and exiting the building by households or individuals, one at a time, to avoid crowding together.

No singing out loud in any indoor space. This is probably the hardest prohibition for all of us who love to sing. Humming and singing to yourself is a great alternative!

As more and more of our friends and faith family become vaccinated against COVID-19, the above protocols will be lifted, and as long as the transmission rates in our area are below 4% and until we know that the vaccines are equally effective against the variants of the virus. This means we may continue with these protocols through the summer.

As a congregation, we have adapted well to patterns of pandemic living in the past year. And I know it has been a weary path and all are anxious to return to some sense of normal church activity. We are so close, so let us persevere with hope, grace, compassion and a commitment to care more for others than for ourselves.

I look forward to spending the season of resurrection with you, together in one place after a year of separation! To God be the glory and praise!

Shalom, Pastor Carrie

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