I (Pastor Rich) need to ask a favor of you, my church family: When in our building for Sunday morning activities or for other group gatherings throughout the week, please wear a mask!
This directive comes to us from the Oregon Health Authority and is due to the Delta variant (now there is a Mu variant that is supposed to be even more virulent!) which has caused a very significant increase in coronavirus illnesses in our state and country. We will observe this until further notice. Please note that we will have additional masks on hand in case you forget yours!
I know that we are all very weary of wearing masks and being subjected to, what sometimes seems to be arbitrary mandates from our state/federal government regarding COVID-19 protocols, but what is more important than our own preferences, is our witness to grace and love for the other. Jesus gave one additional command when He was speaking to His disciples (and us): “A new command I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.