Bill shares good news from the updated CDC guidelines and the reopening team and adds that Summer Worship hours begin June 6, 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Garden and 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

William A. Evertsberg

I’m here just before Memorial Day with some promising updates on masks and worship that I hope indicate an incipient return to normalcy through this summer and fall.

For fully vaccinated individuals, masks are no longer required on campus. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks on campus per CDC guidelines, which strongly advise mask-wearing for our communal gatherings. These mask rules were recommended by the church’s Reopening Team based on the most recent health guidelines and in accordance with Illinois’s imminent entry into Phase 5.

Some fully vaccinated people may find themselves preferring to continue to wear their masks, while others can’t wait to rip them off; we ask that you all practice loving your neighbors by respecting the choices of your fellow churchgoers.

Our sincere thanks go to the Reopening Team for their hard work and thoughtful consideration in their yearlong task which helped us find ways to gather safely, comfortably, and confidently throughout every COVID phase.

As for worship, starting June 6 we are moving to the new summer schedule. Outdoor worship will be held every Sunday at 8:30 a.m., moving indoors in case of weather. Continue bringing your own blankets or chairs.

In person sanctuary worship will be held at 10 a.m. every Sunday, and that worship service will also be livestreamed for anyone who chooses to join us online. You no longer need to make reservations for any of our worship services—please just show up!

All worship leaders and unmasked singers are fully vaccinated and ready to worship with you, whether you are here in person or online.

It is our hope that these worship times, 8:30 and 10, continue into the fall. Stay in touch about any future updates by following us on social media, subscribing to the eNews (sign up on our homepage), visiting our website, or calling the church, and we’ll be happy to provide the latest or just to connect with you. Thanks, and I hope to see you in one way or another very soon.