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    Scott McKee General 8 months ago

    Dear Ward Church Family,

    As you are most likely aware, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced new restrictions aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The orders continue to provide an exemption for religious worship. This exemption is the reason we were able to worship outdoors this summer despite the 100-person limit set for non-religious gatherings at that time. While we share the concern for people’s physical wellbeing, we are also concerned for their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Therefore, we will continue to offer an in-person worship option with the highest standard of safety protocol. For the next three Sundays, worship services will be shortened to 50 minutes, and physical-distance seating will be increased to 8 feet. Masks continue to be required while on campus. Online worship remains the preferred option for most people. For others, however, in-person corporate worship is essential to keep loneliness and anxiety at bay, and to sense the presence of God in these strange times.
    Please follow all safety guidelines, including staying home when you exhibit any of the known COVID symptoms, or are sick, or when you have been exposed to someone who is sick. Do your best to practice physical distance in the lobby when entering and exiting. If worshipping from home online is working for you, please continue to do so. You remain part of the worshipping community no matter from which location you worship.
    For the time being adult life groups, WardKids and WardStudents will shift to online ministry instead of on-campus. We will provide updates when impacted programs begin to shift back on-campus.
    The decision to continue to offer an in-person worship option was made by the Board of Elders (also called Session) after prayerful deliberation. We recognize that this decision may raise some concerns. Please know that Session was guided by a special concern for those who are lonely and isolated, and by a desire to minister to the whole person –body, mind, and spirit.
    Thanks for your cooperation, support, and prayers. To God be the glory!
    On behalf of the Ward Church Session,
    Scott McKee, Senior Pastor
    Ron Cieslak, Clerk of Session

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