Dear Paramount People and Guests:
Merry Christmas! Just two more days until we celebrate the birth of our King, who appeared with grace and mercy for sinners and sufferers like us! If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we are in desperate need of help. And we are grateful to know from where our help comes: our help comes from the Lord Jesus.
In this post, I’d like to provide a reminder and an update.
First, the reminder: We will hold a brief Christmas Eve gathering, at 3:30 pm. The gathering will take place outside, on the church lawn. We are expecting snow and chilly temperatures, so bundle up in coats and blankets, and bring a lawn chair if you like. We will observe all our usual COVID precautions, as when meeting in-person on Sunday mornings (masks, physical distancing, etc).
Starting at 3:30 pm sharp, we will sing together and share a brief Christmas message from the Bible. Our time together will last a little under one hour. If you have family in town, feel free to bring them as we will have plenty of room to spread out.
Sunday Morning Worship
Second, the update: As we continue to monitor the COVID response in our communities, we’ve seen an encouraging decline in some key safety indicators. Therefore, the pastors have decided to resume our in-person gathering on Sunday, December 27 at 10:30 am (livestream remains available). Again, all of our usual COVID precautions remain in place, and we will even tighten them in some key ways. In particular, we will exercise even more physical distancing when entering and leaving the building. And we will even more carefully address common areas where we sometimes linger after the service. We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation, as we look forward to worshiping in-person again.
Please keep in mind that we anticipate the possibility of stepping back down to our Livestream-only format soon, as another surge of COVID spread likely looms on the other side of the New Year. But for now, we look forward to ending the year praising God together.
As we have from the beginning of the pandemic, the pastors will continue to monitor the situation, consult with trusted professionals and local authorities, and make wise decisions for the glory of God, for the good of our church family, and for the love of our neighbors.
Please stay tuned to church communication channels (social media, blog, and email) and to your CG Leaders for more information.