March 24, 2021 | News
A Note from Rev. Matthew Ruffner:
I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for a long time: Your Session has received a recommendation from the Re-Opening Task Force to begin phase 1 of our re-opening plan. Our plan is to gather together for in-person worship in the Sanctuary and Founders Hall on April 11. We are starting with three worship services with limited attendance and will keep you updated on how to register, safety precautions, and our timeline to open the building to small groups, classes, and children’s programming.
Register here for April 11 Worship
At this time, we will not offer any auxiliary services or programs (childcare, Sunday school, small groups) but please know that your entire family is welcome to worship together! Masks will be required at all times on campus, and we will observe social distancing.
We will continue to livestream our services for those who aren't ready to come back to the building. Please note, the times will change to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will also continue our WRR broadcast at 11 a.m.
Friends, it brings me great joy to share this news with you because I recognize it’s been 375 days since we last gathered together as a community of faith, and I’m thrilled to welcome you back to campus. We learned over the past year how much we need this space, a space set apart that helps to re-orient our lives to promises found in God!
It is fitting that the first Sunday we will gather together as a community of faith will be on Confirmation Sunday. The Sunday in our community when our confirmands confirm the baptismal vows their parents made on their behalf when they were children. On our first Sunday back, we will recognize not only their public professions of faith but celebrate and give thanks to God for God’s promises that have held us all during this season.
I want to thank our Re-Opening Task Force, Robey Canaday, Dave Cole, Paige Conley, Dr. Charles Rutherford, Lacy Schultz, Dr. Bruce Wall, Mark Brainerd, Nina Davis, and Sara Stoltz for the faithful, diligent, hard work as they sought to care for our entire community during this time. Their work will continue in the weeks ahead, and they will recommend how to implement the gradual re-opening of our building to Session in light of the ever-evolving guidelines and data.
My dear friends, I cannot wait to see you again! I cannot wait for us to connect in this space and together as a community to worship the living God, whose faithfulness has seen us through these trying days.
Love and light to you this day. See you soon.
With great hope,