The last thing I want to mention in this week’s update is the upcoming Thanksgiving Meal. When first thinking about this meal I assumed we would just cancel it given the state of play and COVID-19. At our most recent staff meeting to discuss the night we were split about 50/50 whether or not it was a good idea. (technically it was more 70/30 but I counted my vote twice. haha)
In discussing with the Pastoral Team and Deacon body the consensus was “if we can make it happen, we should.” This meal is a special event for our church because both campus and all different service times come together for a shared worship experience. So we are going to give it a shot (even though it will be MUCH different and a way smaller crowd.)
Obviously, given the uptick in COVID-19 and the many high-risk individuals we have in our church, it’s not an easy call. We don’t want to needlessly put ANYONE at risk and COVID-19 is nothing to play around with. I know people who’ve gotten it and recovered easily. I know others who have gotten it and developed SERIOUS health problems as a result. So this was a tough decision.
The plan – for now – is to cater the meal.
Having people bring turkeys, hams, side dishes and desserts involves way too many volunteers, way too many shared contact surfaces and increases the risk of a spread. By catering the meal we can ensure only a few select people are touching the food and that proper screening and sanitization can be maintained.
We will still have turkey and dressing and green beans and mashed potatoes but it will be prepared in a way that adheres to safety guidelines. We will also have dump cake as a dessert.
Instead of standing in line and breathing all over one another, the meals will be boxed and set out at various tables that are socially distanced throughout the Education Building and Gathering Place. We will open the outside doors to create fresh air and proper ventilation.
We will have enough tables that you only have to eat with people you are comfortable being around. Households or social units will eat together. This will allow us to negate the spread of COVID especially to higher risk populations.
We will only allow a certain number of people to attend the meal. While I hate to have to do something like that, it’s the only way we can ensure that proper distancing is maintained. That means you’ll need to preregister for the event. This number will give us a proper count for the catering and for designing the seating set up.s
You can sign up for the meal here.
You can also just call the church office if you don’t do online sign ups. (That said, the online sign up is super easy. Just give us the number of adults, number of kids, and first/last name. That’s it.)
We will have a Thanksgiving Worship Service at 5:00PM and the meal will follow at 6:00PM. The service will have some singing and testimonies given by members of our church family. We will let people out of the service by section so that we don’t create congestion in the hallways as people grab their meal box and get seated at their table.
Since we’re not asking for food donations – any financial contribution you’re able to make will be a big help. By catering the meal, it will cost much more than the usual Thanksgiving meal. You can indicate “Thanksgiving Meal” on any donation and it’ll go to offset the cost.
Remember if you have a church wide event that needs to be communicated in the weekly update you can send me the information by responding to this email.
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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!