It is with great joy that I share with you news from our COVID-19 Task Force. Beginning this Sunday, October 31, we will remove the mask mandate inside our buildings as well as restrictions on food and drink. The Task Force felt that the numbers in our area have dropped significantly enough to warrant these changes. We still want to be cautious, however, knowing that the virus is still with us and may be for a very long time. Therefore, we still strongly encourage masks for anyone who is not vaccinated (though I hope that most of us are), anyone whose health is in some way compromised, or anyone who simply feels more comfortable wearing one.
I want to say a special word of thanks to each of the members of the task force who have been meeting almost weekly for the last year and a half to look at the data and wrestle with how to best serve and protect our congregation. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.