COVID-19 Updates

Covid-19 Protocols
Updated March 20, 2021

Grand Lake UMC is super excited to let you know that Mercer County has made it to “yellow” on the Governor’s Coronavirus threat level system.  We are currently below the Governor’s state-wide target of 50 cases per one hundred thousand people required to lift the health orders. Although the statewide average is still 143.8, Mercer County is 72% below that average, coming in at only 41.3. We are now ranked 87 out of 88 counties in terms of active Coronavirus cases. This is fantastic! Great job!

Given the low threat level here in Mercer County, the District Superintendent and pastoral staff have worked together and we agree that it is safe to eliminate the mask mandate at Grand Lake UMC facilities effective immediately. This is the next step in our slow and methodical (we are Methodists after all :) ) re-opening of the church. We’re asked not to bring back things like choirs or large-scale meals and fellowship gatherings yet, at least not until we verify the numbers are remaining low.  We will continue to practice social distancing, sanitizing our spaces, hand-sanitizing/washing, etc. for the foreseeable future. We will also continue closely monitoring the number of cases in our area, as well as state-wide and nation-wide. If numbers go back up, it’s possible we’d have to reinstate the more stringent protocol of masks again, but we pray that won’t happen. If numbers remain low, which we expect, we’ll be able to open up even more in the near future.

Please note that this change is something Grand Lake’s leadership (along with DS support) is approving, but it is not reflective of any government or health department changes. Thus, you will still need your masks when going out in public at this time.  And, of course, anyone who feels safer continuing to wear a mask at church is always welcome to do so.

Thank you for your diligence and patience throughout the pandemic. Please keep it up so we don’t experience a resurgence. I look forward to seeing you again (your whole face) very soon.
 
Below is a list recap of what’s happening now at Grand Lake UMC…

  • Worship – we have both in-person and on-line worship services available every Sunday (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing)
  • 9:00am Traditional at St. Paul’s in the Sanctuary (no choir)
  • 10:30am Contemporary at St. Paul’s – outdoors, weather permitting , otherwise in the Sanctuary
  • 1:00pm Blended service at Montezuma
  • Offering basket at the sanctuary entrance (no passing the plate)
  • No cookie and coffee fellowship time
  • Youth – youth group meets Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Greenhouse
    (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing)
  • Children’s Ministry
    (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing.
    • Nursery is open on Sunday mornings
    • Children’s classes are open on Sunday mornings
    • Children’s classes are open on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    • Nursery is available on Wednesday nights from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
  • Adult Classes
    (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing)
    • Sunday School classes available at 9:00am and 10:30am at St. Paul’s campus
    • Community Groups meet Wednesday evenings at St. Paul’s from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    • Bible Study at Montezuma campus Wednesday mornings at 10:00am
  • Recovery Groups
    (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing)
  • Brianna’s Hope meets Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall at St. Paul’s campus.  A “sack lunch” is provided.
  • AA meets Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Fellowship Hall and Saturdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in Fellowship Hall
  • NA meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Fellowship Hall
  • OA meets Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Commons at Zuma campus
  • Weddings and Funerals are allowed, but fellowship meals and receptions are not.
    (no mask requirement, but we are still practicing social distancing)