1. WORSHIP LIFE
+ Consistory encourages mask wearing for the entire service.
+ Worship begins at 10:30am with live streaming.
+ Temporary wedding and funeral COVID-19 charge of $175 ($100 to the church and $75 to the Custodian). These life rituals can take place with the Sunday morning guidelines being followed.
+ Only the Narthex doors will be used for entry and exit. All other building doors can be used as an exit only. The lower level will be used on a limited basis. Primarily to be accessible to the Christian Education program and Scouts.
+ A sanitizing table will be set in the Narthex, in the education areas, and by the glass doors. One sanitizer pump will be on each of the windowsills in the sanctuary and Kleenex will be available.
+ Please sit only in permitted pews. Six feet should be maintained in the pews when unrelated families are in the same pew.
+ Masks should be worn into the church and when exiting the church. Masks may be removed while sitting in the pew. Masks must be worn if persons choose to sing. Extra masks will be available for those who forget theirs. Masks can be obtained from the greeter.
+ To assist the staff and worship leaders in the chancel: the chancel will be marked off along the front of the church to help remind worshipers to maintain physical distance.
+ Hymnals and Bible will remain removed, 8x11 bulletins will be used, printed Scripture lessons and music with notes will be made available.
+ A song leader will lead singing.
+ Elders will hand out the pre-prepared communion elements in the pews. Receptacle for containers to be thrown away will be available in the Narthex upon exiting the sanctuary.
+ Two greeters will be in the Narthex to welcome and usher worshippers into the sanctuary. Arrangements and Head Usher will have modified duties.
+ Pastor will greet from 6 feet away outside of the narthex doors as weather permits. A table will be in front of him to remind everyone to physical distance.
+ Special music continues.
+ Offering plates will be placed in the Narthex.
+ Cleaning and disinfection of the worship space will immediately follow worship each week.
Bible studies, small groups, committee work: Meetings should be reported to the church office so space used can be known and thoroughly cleaned. Please limit gatherings.
3. CHURCH BUSINESS
+ Attend to cleaning and sanitizing common areas and surfaces: Custodian.
+ Building users/renters: Outside renters, groups, etc. will be decided upon on a case by case basis
+ Post appropriate health signs and guidelines: Signage placed in key places within the church.
+ Maintain a good stock of tissue, soap, hand sanitizer and disposable paper towels
+ Marking off areas of the building on Sunday’s:
The lower level of the building will be closed off generally.
The office wing (beyond rest rooms) will be closed off except for Nursery Care.
The elevator will not be in service.
The water fountains will not be in service.
1. Sunday School & Nursery Restart :
+ Sunday School: held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday’s
- Children will be dismissed to the lower level following the Children’s Chat
- No snack time during Sunday School or Nursery. Bottled water will be provided
- Nursery: 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday’s in the Nursery [lower level if numbers dictate.] Children will be dismissed following Children’s Chat - no drop offs before worship.
- Rocking chairs are available at the rear of the sanctuary for families with younger children. Changing stations available in the main level restrooms.
- Adults: One or Two take-home studies will be offered & No Thursday Classuntil further notice.
2. Boy Scouts:
+ No kitchen use
+ Only scouts and leaders in the building - two meetings a month and must be scheduled on church calendar
+ Use of lower level only( drama room, Fellowship Hall & Bathrooms) [If outdoor meeting ONLY - may use the main level restrooms]
+ Scouts to sanitize at the end. Wipe down tables used, chairs used, and door knobs
+ Sign-in for indoor meetings (HUCC to provide a pad and pen)
5. Fogger and the formula to sanitizer spaces quicker and easier:
+ Fogger and sanitizer is in use.
6. Congregational Meeting in November:
+ Held as normal in the sanctuary following Sunday morning procedures.
7. Open every other pew and not have two empty pews between:
+ It has been measured and the 6ft social distance can be maintained.
+ Please wear a MASK into and out of the church. You may remove it in your pew, albeit we encourage masks stay on throughout service.
+ MUST wear a MASK if you choose to SING
+ Stop at SANITIZING TABLE upon entry
+ Practice SOCIAL DISTANCING (6 ft.) at all times while inside the church (sorry - no hugs or handshakes) Limit movement within the building
+ Sit within the MARKED pews and mind the MARKED limitations of entering certain area of the building
+ Please DO NOT approach the CHANCEL area.
+ Please STAY HOME if you do not feel well or if you have any pre-existing health concerns that may make you vulnerable to the virus
See Symptoms of COVID-19 Poster at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf
Worship with us at 10:30am each Sunday!
Join us Onsite or Online!
"Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy."
~ Psalm 100:2
Keeping your tithes and offerings current will help the church tremendously!
Thank you for your generoisty.
Every Tuesday - Morning or Noon or Night ... Home or Work .... Vacation or Staycation ... On your knees or at your desk or laying in bed ...
Take 5 mintes (or more) out of your Tuesday and pray specifically for our church! Your prayers have 'great power' and can 'produce
wonderful results' (James 5:16).
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be called to order on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The meeting will take place as part of the morning worship service at 10:30am. Please plan to attend so we can have a quorum.
Normally this service is shared with our friends at Jerusalem Lutheran. This year it has been decided to host Ash Wednesday in our own churches due to COVID-19 limitations. Heidelberg UCC will hold Ash Wednesday both in-person and live stream:
Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30pm in the sanctuary with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.
Sunday, February 14th The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee. After revealing to his disciples that he would be put to death in Jerusalem, Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, Saint Matthew writes, “he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.”
There's discussion about possibly resuming our Thursday 11am Adult Bible Study. We would likely meet in the fellowship hall with the normal protocols in place. If you'd be interested, please reach out to Pastor Adrian via phone, text or e-mail.
The First Sunday of Lent begins Sunday, February 21st. To help us prepared for a holy season we have both a daily devotional for your to pick up and use and at-home daily examen exercise ... a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and discern God's direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our whole experience. To pick up a copy of the examen, please see Pastor Adrian.
Please join us on Sunday, March 21st as Heidelberg will again hold the Heifer Luncheon as a means to help end hunger worldwide. While current conditions create stumbling blocks, it does not deter Heidelberg’s strong tradition to this worthwhile mission. Heifer International is working to eradicate world hunger by giving cows, goats, bees, bunnies, water buffalo and other food/income producing livestock to impoverished families around the world. Each recipient agrees to pass on the gift to another needy family.
We are going to hold this a little differently in 2021, as it will involve the “drive thru” methodology for delivering of the meals. There will be a Google Form that will be sent out to the Congregation shortly that will offer options for the sandwiches (type, quantity, etc.). Please feel free to fill this out for you & yours, as well as to members that may not have access to email. This will enable us to get a more accurate count for meals to be made. Lunches will be distributed after Worship in the parking lot. All donations will go to help families in need to gain sustainable livelihoods.
There will be more details to follow in the weekly bulletins, but please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions, want to help, or just want to request meals outside of the Google form.
Google Form: https://forms.gle/
Despite these unusual times, our Congregation should hold our heads high at the continued efforts to remain a beacon of hope for our community and beyond, through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Please have content to the church office by Monday, February 15th.
Please, come as you are.
Worship with us at our 'Come and See' Church!
JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL FUN AND LEARNING!
FOLLOWING THE CHILDREN'S CHAT PORTION OF THE 10:30AM WORSHIP SERVICE.
+ Classes will be held during the 10:30am worship hour. Children will be dismissed following the Children's Chat portion of the service.
+ Classes will be held in the lower level and outdoors when
+ No snack time. Bottled water will be provided.
Detailed Information ...
+ Ms. Sara sent out the registration form and it is available here on our website. This form mimics that of years past with additional information stating that we will do our best to conform to the social distancing regulations. The form will give the parents the choice of whether the child can remove their mask for indoor and outdoor activities.
+ There is the recommendation that any child not feeling well should not attend.
+ Individual bags for students will be made up that will stay at church. These will include items such as crayons, glue sticks, pencils, pens, and Bibles.
+ Ms. Sara’s class is to be in the Drama room. Mr. Matt’s class is to be in Fellowship Hall.
+ Once seated (6ft apart), children and teachers may take off their masks to begin the lesson. At parent's discretion. Classes will take place outside whenever possible. Again Social Distancing will remain in effect.
+ For child pick-up, the children will be lead single file out the downstairs exit by the elevator. Parents are encouraged to stay at the parking lot/walkway and allow their little one(s) to come to them.
+ If a child is having difficulty adjusting to social distancing, their teacher will speak with the parent of that child.
+ We plan to take this month by month and adjust as necessary.
+ As a precaution, if either Ms. Sara or Mr. Matt fall ill (for whatever reason) both Sunday School classes will be cancelled that day and parent's will be notified.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM: http://forms.gle/ges6phir3PsKKVMQ7
NURSERY CARE MINISTRY -
DURING THE 10:30am WORSHIP SERVICE
+ Nursery Care is for pre-schoolers through 1st Graders
+ Nursery will be offered the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday's of the month.
+ Nursery will be held in the Nursery if the number of children allow for it otherwise it will be held in the lower level.
+ Sign in and out will be set up outside the nursery door. Only children and scheduled staff permitted in the nursery.
+ Every effort will be made to keep 6ft distance at all times. Mask worn when it's not possible.
+ No snacks.
+ Children will be dismissed following the Children's Chat portion of the worship service. No drop off's prior.
Each Sunday at 10:30am
Each Sunday at 10:30am
Ministry Highlights ...
In Ian’s Boots
The goal of "In Ian's Boots" is to spread the good news of Ian's faith by providing shoes and winter boots to those in need! A collection bin is in the Narthex if you have new or used shoes or boots to donate. Children’s boots are especially needed for the winter. For more information you can review their website at www.iniansboots.org
Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
We are continually looking for donation for the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry. The pantry shelves are always in need of any and all donations! They also welcome caring volunteers to help! Reach out to Anne Ryan or the pantry directly for more information: http://dailybreadcommunityfoodpantry.org
WITH WORSHIP RESUMED WE NEED SUNDAY SERVANTS TO SIGN UP TO HELP IN SOME IMPORTANT WAYS…~ Greeters: See Eleanor Risell to sign up
~ Head Usher: See Cindy Cook
~ Special Music or Song Leader Substitute: See Pat Clemens or Pastor Adrian
~ Nursery Care Attendants or Sunday School Aides: See Matt or Sara McDowell
~ Technology: See Tina Richards, Doug MacWade, or Brian Pippert
Thank you for your help!
"All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it." ~ 1 Corinthians 12:27, NLT
Want to make a donation to Heidelberg UCC ... go to our Facebook Page and
click the "Donate" button on the top right of the home page and follow a couple
very simple steps! Thank you!!