Re-Entry Task Force

November 19, 2020

Update from the Re-Entry Task Force

Get ready for an Advent like none you’ve experienced before! Although we won’t be able to celebrate in the sanctuary for at least the rest of this year, the staff and Worship and Music have been working hard to plan virtual Christmas Eve services that will be meaningful and memorable! We have much to be thankful for, including our new Interim Minister, Leslie Dobbs Allsopp, who will be joining us the first week of the new year!

In the meantime, the Re-Entry Task Force is continuing to meet to develop the plans and procedures to re-open as soon, and as safely as possible. One thing has become clear – it will take a larger than normal team of volunteers to make this happen! The exact roles and numbers are still under development, but the setup and operation of in-person worship will be a team effort. Please prayerfully consider whether you would be willing and able to serve when we have more details.

The Re-Entry Task Force is committed to providing updates on at least a monthly basis. As Ed Halldorson said at our meeting this week, “We haven’t been down this road before!” Let’s look forward to a time when we can worship together, and be mindful of new opportunities that will undoubtedly emerge as we move ahead.

Who We Are

We are members of Session representing multiple committees, meeting regularly to organize and safely launch in-person worship at PCM.

Task Force Members: Christy Allison – Co-chair, Ken Clark – Co-chair, David Darcy, Wendy Doidge, Lisa Fraebel, Ed Halldorson, Kevin Hubbard, Jenny Tooley, and Susan Wood.

  • Our desire is to start live in-person worship as soon as possible, but not before the new Interim is in place
  • We expect to continue with our virtual, pre-recorded worship services as currently produced even after we begin in-person worship
  • Our goal is to have the structure and procedures for in-person worship defined and to the greatest extent possible, tested, so that in-person worship is “ready to go” when that Interim is available
  • Worship and Music will be working on defining the in-person worship service itself
  • Initially, in-person worship may not be offered every week, possibly starting off once a month or every other week
  • The Task Force, working with the recommendations of the Safety Committee, is currently working to define the procedures and protocols necessary to minimize the risk of in-person worship
  • We may conduct in-person viewing of the recorded worship service in the sanctuary, possibly during Advent, as an opportunity to test those procedures and protocols
  • Our “go live” plans will be presented to the Session for their approval
  • We will be communicating our plans and status to the congregation on at least a monthly basis via letter, email, website and “Moments for Mission”