June 15, 2021
To our family and friends at Lord of All,
On June 13, 2021, the Church Council met to discuss and move forward on opening the church for worship this summer. We are excited to see that happen.
Our understanding is that, barring unforeseen changes, we will be moving into Stage 3 of the Alberta Re-opening Plan very soon. Based upon that, our goal is to be open for in-person worship on July 4. As we currently understand, Stage 3 lifts all restrictions on gatherings which will mean getting back to as close to normal as possible and we are planning for that. Should Stage 3 be delayed, we will still open the church for live services, however, all of the guidelines and restrictions in place for Stage 2 will apply including a limit on attendance.
Based on feedback received from members, it is almost unanimous that people want the church to be open and about 50 percent of people that responded seem ready to come back now.
Once a full opening occurs and there are minimal, if any government restrictions, our goal, as it has been throughout the pandemic, is to keep our people safe as we transition. These were some of our reflections in our decision making.
Thank you to all who have helped to keep our operating funds coming in. We are a bit behind where we usually are at this time of year and appreciate your generosity in helping us meet our obligations. Wishing all a wonderful and safe summer and looking forward to seeing all of you, either at church or out and about, in the days to come.
With Prayers of Thanksgiving,
Joe Elliott, Council Chairperson Pastor Dawn
A PRAYER AS WE MOVE AHEAD:
Heavenly Father, we come before You with thanksgiving for your presence and guidance to us through these unprecedented times. We have learned much, we have carried your name forward, and we have continued to respond to your call to bring light to the world in whatever ways we have been able. Thank you for the safety and provision we have experienced. Guide us now, as we move forward, to do those things that bring honour and glory to your name, caring for our congregation, our community, and the world. With confidence, we hold to the words of promise you have given us in Matthew 28: 20 - ”And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” AMEN