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COVID 19 Protocols For Worship: A Letter From Your Session

Dear Church Family,

At our called session meeting last night (Tuesday, August 3), we evaluated our COVID-19 protocols for in-person worship in light of the increasing number of cases of the virus due to the Delta variant. We share this decision with all of you:

The session recommends and encourages everyone who attends worship in-person to wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status. We also ask that worshipers continue to be mindful of social distancing. As we have suggested throughout the pandemic, if you are not feeling well or suspect that you might be sick, please stay home and worship via our live-stream broadcast. Finally, if you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to take the vaccine shots for your own health and safety as well as for the health and safety of your fellow church members and our community as a whole.

We made this decision based on information from the Duplin County Health Department, the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Monday, August 2, the data for Duplin County indicate a fully vaccinated rate of 28.8% with a 163.01% increase of COVID cases over the last seven days. Duplin County has also been rated as having a high level of transmission. The CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services recommend wearing a mask indoors in public in an area of substantial or high transmission.

We will have our stated meeting on Tuesday, August 17, at which we will discuss COVID-19 protocols in light of any developments over the next two weeks.

Please keep us and our congregation in your prayers as we all navigate through this challenging time for our church, community, state, nation, and world. This is a good time to remember what we have heard from the letter to the Ephesians about what it means to be part of the body of Christ: “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

Faithfully, and in the name and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,

The Session

Philip Gladden, moderator

Fred Burroughs                   

Wayne Casteen                                                 

Hayes Ludlum  

 Patsy Ludlum                                      

Greg Maready

Kelli Norris

Sam Rose                                                             

Lindsay Skidmore                                             

Hope Turnbull, clerk

Darleen Weller