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Dear United Church
Over the past several weeks, the Executive Council, Trustees and Personnel Boards, Thrift Shop leaders, and staff have had extensive conversation about the safe and careful start-up of a few official activities at The United Church. This has NOT included discussion about in-person worship services which will remain virtual. This has included the availability of outside meetings in two designated places, transitional staffing of the office, and the Thrift Shop reopening. Here are the decisions made for those three areas:
Meetings: Outside Only
While we encourage boards and committees to conduct business via Zoom or other teleconference options, a group of 10 or fewer may meet at the picnic tables near the volleyball court OR on the church lawn of the Sanctuary (where we have held the outdoor service). Each person must remain 6-feet apart from each other and wear a mask. If you're eating, it's okay to remove your mask but please keep your distance from other people. All meetings are to be scheduled by calling the Church Office and leaving a message that is checked daily, OR by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tjett Gerdom will manage the meeting calendar, inform you about the availability of chairs for the church lawn, and answer any questions about the guidelines. Again, social distancing and masks are required.
Church Office: Limited Hours
Beginning the first week of August, the Church Office will be open from 9am - 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We ask that you call the church office (662-2971 posted on the door) before entering the building. Masks must be worn at all times. Some staff members will be working in their offices a few more days and hours throughout the week, along with working at home. Again, calling the posted number before entering and wearing a mask are required.
Thrift Shop: Not Opening in July or August
The Executive Council voted on July 12 to give permission to the Thrift Shop to open according to the volunteer and customer health and safety guidelines presented. The Thrift Shop leaders met last week and determined that due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Los Alamos and other counties in New Mexico, the Thrift Shop will NOT open for the time being. Volunteer leaders will review the situation in late August.
Vacation Bible School will be held each Sunday in August via ZOOM. The August Chimes will be mailed to the congregation next week.
Thank you for your attention to the necessary guidelines for outdoor meetings or entering the CE Building and Church Office. Your support is greatly appreciated during this on-going public health crisis! We will continue to discuss other ways in which we can be more connected as a church congregation. We pray that you and your family are well!
Grace and peace,
The United Church Thrift Store will be closed until further notice.
The Thrift Store is not accepting any further donations at this time.
(Regular) Sunday Worship Information:
8:00 am WORSHIP in Sangrey Chapel (fragrance-free)
9:30 am WORSHIP in the Sanctuary
Nursery care available in the Christian Education Building (Birth - 4 years)
10:30 am COFFEE FELLOWSHIP
11:00 am SUNDAY SCHOOL & ADULT EDUCATION (Craig Hall & CE Building)