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January 6, 2022

On December 26 Nate preached about fear and about God’s desire for us to be set free from that fear.  He mentioned that Joseph and Mary took decisive and bold action in the face of real danger when they fled for Egypt.  Their action was not controlled by fear but was a bold act of faith in what the Lord had made known to them.  Unfortunately, the Lord has made more known to us now about the state of Covid in our community and the Covid Task Force of Salisbury Presbyterian Church has met and made some changes.  

  1. We are returning to masks being worn at all times in the building regardless of vaccination status.  Please put on your mask before we enter the building and make sure that your mask is covering your nose and mouth at all times.  Worship leaders will also remain masked.  We encourage the use of non-woven masks like n95.
  2. Because we are masking at all times, eating and drinking are not possible in the church.  When we celebrate communion we will take the elements out of the building before partaking of them.  As our God transcends time and space, this will serve as a reminder that our worship continues when we go out into the world to be the presence of Christ in the world around us.  
  3. We are reaffirming our commitment to physical distancing.  The ribbons are again blocking off every other pew and the dowel rods are back in the pews to help us keep appropriate physical distance from people outside our household.  
  4. We are reducing the length of time gathered in a given space.  We will be singing one verse of each hymn for now (remaining masked).

The last thing we need to inform you about is not a change but a decision to stick with our current policy.  We are aware of the CDC’s change to its guidance on isolation timeframe and the questions surrounding that change. As a task force, we think it is wise to wait for the Virginia Department of Health and/or the WHO to confirm that change before we change our policies.  So, if you tested positive for Covid in the last 10 days please stay home.  If you had exposure to someone with covid in the last 10 days, please stay home.  And as always, if you have any symptoms of Covid (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell), please stay home.

To recap:

-Mask properly at all times
-No food or drink
-Maintain physical distancing
-Shorter time together

The psalmist reminds us that we have every right to pour the complaints of our hearts out to God, knowing that we will be heard.  

“With my voice I cry to the Lord;
          supplication to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint
before God;
I tell my trouble before God.
When my spirit is faint,
You know my way.”  -Psalm 142:1-3a

We join all of our voices together in lament of these changes and pray they may be short-lived.  These changes are temporary and the task force looks forward to lifting them as soon as it is safe to do so.  We encourage you to lament these changes with us.  We have every reason to lift the complaint of our plight to the Lord.  And God will be with us through this storm too, giving us strength and determination to find a way forward. 

Peace and Grace,

The Covid-19 Task Force


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RESOURCES
CDC: COVID-19 Home Page
CDC: COVID-19 Community- and Faith-Based Organizations
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond City Health Department


“God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble.” – Psalm 45:1 (NIRV)