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A task force has been formed to help the congregation determine best practices and develop a timeline for re-entering the church building.  They held their first meeting last Sunday and plan to meet weekly to make the necessary preparations.

At the same time we prepare to re-enter the building, we all celebrate the fact that GA never “closed,” that strong twice-weekly worship and weekly study and continual reaching out to check on each other never stopped.  But the pandemic caused us to close our building and now we need to consider all that it will take to re-open it for worship, for Bible study, for all of our building partners, for Open Arms Preschool and other activities. 

There are many things to consider and plan for in order to re-open, including reviewing all the guidelines from the CDC, NYS, the ELCA, MNYS, and DOH, to determine what is permissible once the building is open and what will not be allowed.  Of course, the first concern is the safety of our members, especially those over 65 or who have underlying health conditions.  Other concerns include budgeting considerations for PPE, cleaning supplies, and the staff and equipment needed to continue our online worship presence.  

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Daily Bible Verse

  • Matthew 15:32-39

    34Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." 35Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.

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