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A Letter from the Elders concerning "Back to Church" Plans after COVID-19

April 28, 2020

From your servant-leaders: Pastor Brian, Dave and Stan:

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  - Philippians 2:1–4 (ESV)

It is with cautious eagerness that we look forward to resuming regular worship services at the church building this coming Sunday, May 3rd.  In so doing so we want to, as much as is possible, follow the strategies proposed by the state of Idaho, in its “Idaho Rebounds, Stage 1” announcement. 

Knowing that we can’t all be in the sanctuary and still comply with the “social distancing” recommendations, we are trusting the following four-fold plan will include all who desire to participate in the worship services either “in” the building, outside the building (via live streaming… we now have new DSL internet with high speed and a network extender that should allow access even as far away as the library) or from your home (via live streaming).

Our desire is to offer ways for you to honor the Lord as to “gathering together” on the Lord’s Day yet be wise in the process of returning to “normal” church services in the weeks ahead.

In showing preference to others we want to consider filling the sanctuary to a comfortable occupancy in the following order:

First, we want those who have no ability to access the live-streamed services, and who wish to worship in the church sanctuary, to have that opportunity. We will prioritize seating for those people first.

Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) are the responsibility of the individual. If you would be more comfortable with a mask or gloves, then please feel free to bring them and wear them. We want to encourage you to be thoughtful of others in your greeting activities (i.e. handshakes, hugs, etc.)

Second, we want those who do not have adequate internet to live-stream the services to have second priority for seating in the sanctuary.

Third, for those who have adequate internet service, we encourage you to continue doing so, until “stage 4” is reached (tentatively June 13.)

Fourth, if you would like to be attend the service at the building, even if there may not be seats available for you, please feel free to come see if there is room, and if not bring your portable wireless device (lap top computer, tablet or phone) and join the live-streamed service from your vehicle, or (weather permitting) in a lawn chair in the vicinity of the building. That way you can greet/visit with others outside before and after the service if you so desire.

All that being said, we want to remind everyone of the realities of the continuing risk (although minimal for our Upriver area) from the COVID-19 virus. A reminder from the Idaho State “Stage 1” communication: “All vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-quarantine. Members of house-holds with vulnerable residence should be aware that returning to work or other environments (i.e. places of worship) where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home.”

NOTE: If you plan to come, desiring to worship in the sanctuary, please let us know so we can plan the seating appropriately.

If you have any questions or concerns about this “back to church” plan, feel free to call or email one of us.

Pastor Brian Primer – (208) 245-2258 – church, or (208) 245-9365 - home
Elder Dave Atchison – (208) 245-9043
Elder Stan Primer – (208) 245-0461