COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Krista Smith's avatar By: Krista Smith : March 09 2021 : () Comments

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We rejoice that the number of new Covid cases in Stark County begins to decrease, while we keep in our prayers those who are currently infected and those who struggle with the long term effects of the illness. 
 
In light of the new data and science about the disease, St. Jacob’s Council has moved us into a new phase of our Covid precautions.
 
When groups are gathering in the building throughout the week they may agree among themselves to allow the vaccinated members of the group to go without masks.  Remember also that masks do not need to be worn outside, and the pavilion can be a less risky place to meet, especially as the weather has been nice.
 
Worship will move inside in-person during inclement weather and on the first Sunday of each month during the summer and moves indoor as fall brings cold temperatures. Masks will be required during worship/large group activities.  We know that masking is cumbersome, but it is still recommended by the CDC for groups that are of mixed  vaccination status.  Additional reasons for continuing to mask are that our children under twelve years old will not have the opportunity to be vaccinated until the fall, and we have others in our midst who can’t be vaccinated for various health reasons. Wearing a mask continues to be a good way to protect and love our neighbor. Wearing the masks also allows us to loosen the restrictions on congregational singing, and increase the number of people we can accommodate in the building.  When Stark County reaches the Yellow level (a 2-week average of 100 new cases per day per 100,000 people in Stark County), masks will become optional during worship/large group activities for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks will continue to be required for those who are not vaccinated.
 
There have been questions about returning to a more familiar form of communion.  As for right now, the CDC’s Guidelines for Faith Communities still recommend using individual communion packets and communing in place.  We will watch for any changes. 

Indoor worship:

  • ​July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and anytime there is inclement weather (we will attempt to notify folks at least two hours in advance in case of weather issues).
  • masks required until we drop to Yellow Level.
  • social distancing in the sanctuary will be at your own discretion (please ask before sitting too close to someone else).
  • the service will be shown on the screen in Garnes Hall for those who prefer more  spacing between themselves and others.
  • no reservations or limits in numbers.

​Outdoor worship:

  • continues to be the less risky way to be together and is encouraged by the CDC’s Guidelines for Faith Communities. 
  • On Sundays when we worship outside masks are optional.
  • Bring your own chairs or sit at picnic tables or chairs set up in the pavilion.

 Online worship:

  • The service will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook and our website and recordings are available soon after the service via our website and YouTube channel.
  • If you need assistance, please call the office. 

St. Jacob's is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Visit the ELCA Website.

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