important covid-19 update

For the next three weeks (November 22-December 6), we are asking everyone coming to the Sunday 8:30 service to wear a mask throughout the service. Those who cannot wear masks because of health reasons or choose not to wear them are asked to join us for the 11:00 service during this time. We know this is an inconvenience, so we want to explain the reasons for this change.

According to Stanford professor and epidemiologist Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a strong opponent of lockdowns and a strong advocate for reaching herd immunity, people over the age of 70 are one thousand times more likely to die from COVID-19 than are children. A little fewer than one-third of our church family are above the age of 65, and a higher percentage of people in this age range attend the 8:30 service. To better ensure the health of our ‘at risk’ brothers and sisters, we’re asking everyone who attends the 8:30 service to wear a mask.

Branch County is currently the third “hottest” spot for COVID outbreaks in Michigan. This past week saw a 77% increase in positive tests. We will reevaluate this decision in three weeks.

Some of our people who would attend a masked service have not been able to join us

on Saturdays because of scheduling issues. As long as this change is in effect, they too will be able to attend.

We recognize that there are strong differences of opinion about how to proceed in light of COVID. Because there are strong differences, we are trying to show understanding to everyone. This decision is not based on fear but on compassion. We ask for your patience and understanding.

We encourage those who are not comfortable with the risk of exposure right now to

join us online at 11:00 on Sundays. Go to Media page for links to YouTube or Facebook.

Let’s stay together and stay positive during this difficult time.

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