January 6, 2022
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least
of these who are members of my family,
you did it to me.”
Dear Members and Friends of Atonement,
Our COVID task force met last week in response to news of a new wave of cases on the rise. We reviewed the information at hand and the latest recommendations from the CDC. We concluded that the best course of action for these next few weeks is to return to asking all in-person worshipers to wear masks inside the church buildings. For the benefit of public health as well as the personal health of those attending and their families, we are hoping this effort will help slow the spread of this virus.
We noted the good news that this latest variant seems to be less harmful than previous versions of the virus. Many people are contracting it without showing symptoms. However, the new variant is also extremely infectious. In the two weeks from December 21-January 4, the positive-testing rate in Pasco County has tripled. Recent findings suggest that double masking or wearing an N 95-level mask are the most appropriate forms of protection, which we recommend but do not require
Though we will continue with worship services and the offering of Holy Communion, we will be taking a break from coffee hour between the services. We expect it to resume in Friendship Hall once this wave has passed and the numbers go back down. Also, our scheduled family trip to Rock the Universe at Universal Studios is canceled. We urge all other groups and ministries meeting at the church to stay aware of the various risk factors and use their discretion about masking.
We want to remind everyone that both the 9:30am and the 11am Sunday services are available to view on live stream every Sunday. We hope that you will consider this option of joining us if you should prefer not to attend in-person. We thank you for your continued patience and partnership with us as we do our best to offer reasonable precautions for the general safety of all. These are challenging times and unusual circumstances that we hope and pray will soon be behind us.
Peace and health,
Pastor Scott Lindner Council President Constance Kerrigan