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In-Person Worship Resumes July 11

We are excited to announce that on Sunday, July 11, we will resume limited in-person worship in our sanctuary, with required pre-registration.  Sunday worship will be at 9:30 am, and we will be socially distanced, wearing our masks and enjoying a pre-recorded anthem from the Summer Choir for the first few weeks.  Later, we will be able to relax these guidelines and enjoy congregational singing as well as live music from our choir.

A transitional plan has been adopted by our Session, requiring that all those who come to worship be fully vaccinated, or have had a negative Covid-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to the worship service.  Everyone will be asked to verify their vaccine or negative test, as they arrive for worship on Sunday morning.  Vaccination verification will only be required one time, and can be done ahead of time if you wish to stop by the church office prior to Sunday

For phone reservations

Staff will be available to take your reservation between 10 am and 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday.  (Please do NOT leave a message on the answering machine; we will need to speak with you in person to make a reservation.)

When you call to make a reservation, you will be asked the following questions:

  1. Names of those in your party or bubble (with whom you will be seated)
  2. Is everyone in your group fully vaccinated?
  3. Or do you plan to get a Covid-19 PCR test, and bring documentation of a negative test on Sunday morning when you arrive at the church?

Entrance to the sanctuary will only take place through the narthex doors – which will be open both on Estudillo Avenue, and on the patio.  (Special arrangements will be made for those who need to enter using the handicap accessible ramp.)  Only those who have pre-registered will be able to enter.  Everyone must be wearing a mask.

The sanctuary doors will be open at 9:00 am.  Upon checking in at the attendance table, you will be given a worship bulletin and then an usher will assist with seating.  Family members will be seated together; singles may sit in individual seats reserved, or with someone in their bubble.

You will be asked to remain in your designated seat during the entire service.  We will not be singing nor reciting prayers/creeds aloud, at least for now.  Offering envelopes may be deposited in the Wooden Church in the narthex, as you enter or as you leave.

After the service, you are welcome to gather outside to visit with others, but please do so away from the church doors so that others may exit.  Please maintain social distancing outside.  In a few weeks, we hope to resume Coffee Fellowship outside on the patio.

The Cross on our Church Bell Tower

You may have noticed that the cross on top of our church Bell Tower is standing straight and tall these days! Yes, it had been leaning at times, and then would get straightened back up by one of our church members (!), but alas, it would begin to lean again a few months later.

We are so grateful to Alma Drown’s children, who generously funded the repairs needed to secure the cross once and for all! Years ago, Alma’s first husband, Donald Lenters (who was an elder and deacon at our church) worked for the Ditzler Paint Company. Sometime in the 1960’s, Alma and Donald’s children remember the cross from the church steeple sitting in their driveway, on some newspapers, as their dad painted it and got it ready to be placed up on the steeple. Upon noticing that the cross was leaning during these past couple of years, the children recently reached out to the church to fund whatever repairs necessary so that it could be safely secured.

Our Building and Grounds Committee contacted our roof contractor (Kevin Reed), and he was able to come up with a plan for considerable reconstruction up in the bell tower, removing a portion of the roof, replacing rotten wood as well as refabricating the base on the metal cross, so that it could be secure and remain that way, hopefully forever!

The work has been completed, and if you would like to see photographs of the work in progress, just stop by the church office and we’ll be happy to share the notebook that chronicles the project. Again, our sincere thanks to the Lenters’ children (Derk, John, Susan and Jim)!!

Greet & Give Update

The San Lorenzo Family Help Center has let us know that our monthly Greet and Give donations during these past 11 months have been a significant contribution to the continuing work of the Pantry. Your response has been truly amazing, and many people in Alameda County have been blessed by your generosity.

Activities at the church that hosts the Pantry are starting up, and rooms that were used for food storage are needed for meeting space. Our church has already donated funds that were used to purchase a van that will be used to provide "as needed" delivery of food to the Pantry to help alleviate storage issues. In response to these changes at the Panty, and as our church begins to move inside, the monthly drive-through Greet and Give will end.

Beginning in August, you are invited to bring donations of non-perishable foods to the narthex on the first Sunday of each month, and those donations will be taken to the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro.

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