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Reopening Update

Resuming Our In-Person Gatherings

Hello Church Family,

It is our plan to reopen our in-person worship gatherings this Sunday, June 14th. Our worship assembly will begin at 10:00am, so please plan to arrive early so that we all have time to enter while maintaining safe distancing.

Please use good judgment and caution when you consider joining us. The best medical information we have from the CDC & TDH, is that individuals 65 and over or those with asthma, chronic lung, liver disease, severe obesity, severe heart conditions, or who are immunocompromised, should not attend at this time. Also, very important: please do not come if you’ve not felt well at any time in the two days prior.

We realize that while many of us are comfortable with returning to large-scale gatherings, others of us may decide to wait and continue worshiping on-line for a few more weeks. We will live-stream our worship at 10:00am on Sundays. The live-stream video will be on the Internet via our “MCOC Streaming” Facebook group. If you’re a church member with Internet access and are not a member of this group, please search for it and request to join. Also, for any who will be worshiping from home, there will be communion pick up and contribution drop off under the portico entrance of the Outreach Center near the white house on Sunday from 9-9:50am.

Although not required, you may wear a mask. In fact, we recommend wearing masks while you are entering and exiting the building.

Please use only the upper parking lot or lower parking lot doors for entry. All other doors will be locked. Please be careful as you walk because the carpet on the first-floor hallways and lobby are bare concrete at the moment. Our replacement carpet has been delayed and we don’t want you to trip over an uneven place.

For health reasons, water fountains will be unavailable in this phase of our reopening. However, bathrooms will be open. Please remember to wash your hands. 

Please use the hand sanitizer provided in wall-mounted units in the hallways.

We’ll all be tempted to shake hands and hug, however, we encourage you to maintain a safe distance (6ft). Families, please keep together. 

On your way into the building, there will be tables set up with pre-packaged communion cups. Please have one family member go to the tables to get a plastic bag and pick up enough pre-packaged communion cups for the members in your family. Then proceed directly to the auditorium as directed when greeted.

We will sit every other row in the auditorium – 6ft between families, couples and single people. Please do not sit in rows/areas that have been taped-off.

For this first phase of our reopening, there will be no Sunday or Wednesday in-person Bible classes. Neither will there be children’s programs or an attended nursery.

As the health situation warrants, we will adjust our health & safety measures after reopening.

We’re looking forward to safely seeing your smiling faces again!

Your shepherds

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