The Re-Entry Task Force met on Tuesday, August 10th to review the current protocols in place at OPPC and to plan for the fall season as much as possible given the current surge in Covid-19 cases and the impact of the Delta variant. We reported our plans to the Session last night.
The current policy in place through Sept.6 is: (1) Mask wearing in common areas and the sanctuary, (2) No food, but drink containers may be brought into the church and taken out; (3) For groups currently meeting at the church, OPPC led and non-OPPC led (only Al-Anon and related organizations at this time), if all agree and if all are vaccinated, masks may be removed; (4) Beginning Sept. 7, non OPPC groups may begin scheduling meetings: (5) Both OPPC and non-OPPC led groups are to follow whatever rules are currently in place.
Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, increased hospitalizations, the Delta variant, and our Christian duty to protect the most vulnerable in our society (primarily children who cannot be vaccinated), we are keeping the above policies in place until further notice. We will meet again on October 4th to consider changes, if any. As you are well aware, this novel virus presents a very fluid situation which changes from day to day.
Now for some good news. Beginning Sunday September 12th, Bibles and Hymnals will be returned to the pews. The children's message will be part of our live worship service. These are things for which we can be thankful. Our Task Force appreciates your patience, understanding, and cooperation. Our primary objective has been to keep people safe so that we can worship as a community in Christ.
Re-Entry Task Force
This will be a tender time for our community on many different levels. One of those levels is church finances: the church is vulnerable financially when fewer people are able to come to worship, as we rely heavily on income from our Sunday offering.
If you cannot come to worship, or if our worship gatherings will be suspended for a while, please continue your contributions to the church.
There are several ways to do this: mail a check, text GIVEOPPC $xx to 73256, give a one-time gift online
at https://onrealm.org/orchardpark/-/give/now or set up a
recurring gift on that same webpage. If you have questions or would
assistance with giving electronically, please contact Billy Burgin: office
317-844-1107 or remote office 317-886-0057.