Pastor Kevin's Blog: Thoughts From My Burrow to Yours...
Romans 8.38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated their safety guidance to state, “…fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
There are changes coming regarding the pandemic restrictions. We are currently in Phase 4 according to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the U.M.C. It is Phase 5 when everything (as I understand it) goes back to “normal” (whatever that means).
Phase 5: ILLINOIS RESTORED
1. Churches may gather in unlimited size groups for any purpose
2. All public health safety guidance is lifted
3. It is now safer for higher risk people or groups to gather
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Here’s some thoughts about what is “supposedly” coming in the very near future. Face masks are supposedly not required for those that are vaccinated. I have heard of churches that already have “vaccinations sections” where face masks don’t have to be worn. Though, I understand the logic here, I can’t imagine we will do that. I’m not a proponent of people having to show their vaccination records and I certainly don’t want to begin checking them. It feels like an infringement of someone’s rights. It’s early in the process and perhaps I will be convinced otherwise. I think what I’m saying is that there are going to be lots of ideas, suggestions, rules and regulations and people are going to be on all sides of those issues.
I think Jesus would just make sure and love the folks all along the continuum. I hope I can just love folks regardless of where they are at… sounds easy, doesn’t it? My hope and desire is that in June (6th? or 13th?) we may be in Phase 5. I would foresee face masks being optional. Remember you may be vaccinated but could still be a carrier… so think of others as well as yourself. I would hope we can open our fellowship time up again. I see our coffee fellowship starting at 10:15 and running to say 10:50-ish. Won’t it be nice to sit and visit with the folks we haven’t seen in months?
Remember, it’s all just a guessing game for now. We will have more detailed guidance when we
get there but I am anxious to begin either getting back to normal or forging
our new normal. The best news is NOTHING
can separate you from the love of Jesus Christ.
pk & Marlene
Here is the AT prayer list for the week of May 23rd – May 30th. If you would like to participate, contact Linda or Donna in the office to sign up. Feel free to sign up for multiple days!
May 23 -
May 24 - Prayer Posse/Unity/Lisa Washburn/Jay & Annette DeValkenaere
May 25 - Kathy & Joe Osborne
May 26 - Linda Bolls
May 27 - Becky Zetterberg
May 28 - Pat & Jr. Brown
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