...in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4.
As we continue to move through this pandemic, we are filled with hope at the most recent updates, which include vaccine availability for anyone ages 16+, the current low case count, and the warmer weather! We are so thankful for the wonderful Easter services that we were able to hold in-person this year. How far we have come from one year ago!
At the same time, we are still moving with caution. The COVID Task Force continues to recommend small measured steps forward, which have proven to be effective over the past year. Christ Lutheran Church will continue with our current guidelines of requiring masks for all those ages 8 and up while in our building. This is in line with what the CDC recommends and also with our collective calling to be good neighbors and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It is a simple way to keep all those safe and welcoming to those who have yet to return to in–person church, such as those who are or have immunocompromised people in their family and family members who've yet to receive vaccinations, such as children. It is essential that we remain a welcoming place for all. Masks will not be a requirement forever, but we ask you to continue to wear them as vaccines continue to become available and more of our members are fully vaccinated. The COVID Task Force is continuing to meet and evaluating metrics for when we can lift the requirement. We pray for that day to come soon.
We are seeing the light at the end of this long tunnel, and with your continued vigilance, care for all, and the grace of God, we will soon make it to the other side.