Covid-19 Resources and News

These are some of the resources and articles that the Reopening Team have been using to guide their discussion of how to open the building safely for all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/us/coronavirus-churches-outbreaks.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&fbclid=IwAR1ZowHKqnFE91OF4kGdxfC4CwHe6BD7fXlN0hrLbsdrOPRceNfR34rctTM

Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic: A report from the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments (click on PDF below).

Questions to Consider Before Reopening (click on PDF below)

Reopening Team Members

Janis Little

Chuck Conrad

Linda Hults

Karen Shipman

Steve Wonsor

Rev. Mike Atzert

June 22, 2020

 

Dear Church Family,

These last few months have been unlike any other period in each of our lifetimes.  The Coronavirus has made us look at life - and everything - in different ways in such a short amount of time. 

 

The Session is grateful for your flexibility and understanding as we have shifted from in person worship, meetings and activities to doing everything via Zoom.  We are also thankful for your support – prayerful, financial, and emotional – as we have navigated these waters.

 

At the May Session meeting, a Reopening Team was formed to look at ways that we might be able to reopen the church building in a safe and secure way.  The team has met, looked at the facts available to us from the CDC, as well as other churches, and Presbyteries.  We believe that now is not the time to return to in person worship or fellowship.  Our most important concern is that the majority of our congregation is in the “at risk” or vulnerable category.  While businesses are beginning to open up, we need to remember that the first wave of the virus is still upon us.  Additionally, there is belief among the medical community that there could be a resurgence in the fall or early winter.  Without a vaccine or effective treatment, there is no way to keep our church family safe from exposure or spread.

 

Therefore, the Session has decided to continue with Virtual worship and close the building for the remainder of 2020.  Please be assured that Session’s decision was made with great care and discussion on behalf of our entire church family.  We will continue to monitor the situation with the virus. If anything changes over the next few months and conditions improve to the point where we could safely provide for worship in the sanctuary, the Session will revisit this decision.

 

We recognize that there may be questions and concerns about this decision.  Because of that, we will be having a Question & Answer session on Zoom following the worship service this Sunday, June 28, 2020.  We covet your questions and your prayers.

 

Yours in Christ,

The Session of KMPC

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

Hunterdon County COVID-19 Information Hub: Health Department Updates and Resources http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/coronavirus.html


including Hunterdon/Somerset Joint Testing Site at RVCC Info and Registration http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/Coronavirus/testingsite.html

FCC COVID-19 Consumer Scam Warnings and Safety Tips: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams

Hunterdon Healthcare: https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/coronavirus-information/

Together, KMPC invites all to accept Christ, grow in Christ, and share Christ.  KMPC is located in the historic village of Ringoes, New Jersey, in semi-rural Hunterdon County.  We are within about an hour's drive to New York City, Philadelphia and the Pocono mountains.

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