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Phoenix Retreat, March 30, 2019
June 21, 2021
Friends of Phoenix Community Church,
Blessings to you! This last year has been a trying time for all of us. The pandemic in particular has made it more difficult to be in community in some ways since we haven’t been able to meet in person to worship, socialize, or just share hugs. Emails and Zoom meetings do get tiring after a while. Of course, we’ve still been doing a lot of important work online and I want to thank all of you for your continued support of Phoenix Community Church, whether it be participating online, contributing a financial gift, or remembering the church community in your prayers.
After worshiping online for well over a year we began meeting in-person again on Sunday, June 6, 2021! We will continue to meet at 6 pm on Sundays. The worship service will be in-person with an option to join us live via Zoom. We feel maintaining an online component to worship is important both to include those who may be geographically remote and for those who may not be ready to return to in-person gatherings.
Some of you have not been able to join in online gatherings but we hope you will return to worship as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. You are still an important part of Phoenix and we dearly miss those members of our church family that we have seen and talked to far too little in this past year. As we plan to gather together again in person, here are a few guidelines we would like to follow.
If you feel sick, please join us online instead of in-person.
We encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. If you can’t or choose not to, you are, of course, still welcome.
Those who have been vaccinated for COVID do not need to wear face masks but please do so if it is more comfortable for you or if you have not yet been vaccinated.
Please maintain safe social distancing.
If you want to hug, please ask permission. Don’t assume the other person is comfortable with hugs at this time even if you know they’ve been vaccinated or if you’ve hugged them in the past.
When music is played, please consider simply listening. If you want to sing along, please sing softly and remain seated. We will return to a more traditional singing of hymns when it is safe to do so.
I also ask for your patience, flexibility, and feedback as we settle in to yet another new way of doing things. We’ll be experimenting a bit with both form and technology as we go. For example, we want to incorporate a brief time of discussion on the sermon every week, which is something we’ve been doing online. We’ll also be experimenting with utilizing a monitor instead of bulletins and hymnals. And, while we won’t observe communion in June, we hope to start again in July with a “bring your own” model. This is actually a wonderful opportunity to re-shape the worship experience in even more meaningful ways.
I’m excited by what the future holds! If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me or a member of Steering Committee. May God bless you and our church community as we move forward together.
Rev. Kenneth Arthur, on behalf of Steering Committee
Phoenix Community Church
United Church of Christ