The LWICC Reentry Task Force
The Reentry Task Force is a committee made up of church members who volunteered to develop a safe and organized plan to open the church for services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force meets once a month by zoom to discuss the present status of COVID-19 in our community and how it might affect LW. The participants on the Task Force are Brenda Coleman, Folake Dosunmu, Jose Flores, Krystal-Joy Dunn, Dr. Josephine Boyington, Bob Nelson, Judi and Phil Simpson, Dr. Lydia Soto Torres, de Raye Sisco, Virginia and Dr. Cyl Soden. The Task Force is in the process of preparing for the first in person live in door and live stream service scheduled for Resurrection Sunday April 4th at 10:00 AM. There will be no children or youth ministry programs at this service. Children can be brought to the main service.
Criteria Used to Determine Reentry
- Monitor the guidance and directives provided by CDC and Montgomery County
- Monitor the daily case rate both locally and nationally. The current standard is to look at a 7 days average per 100,000 people for 14 days
- Monitor the test positivity rate during the last 14 days.
- Compare the change in the rate of new cases per 100, 000 people during the last 14 days to the previous 14 days.
- Review closely the effect of COVID-19 in the areas/zip codes where the majority of our members reside
- Make recommendation to reopen based on the observation of a steady downward trend in numbers for 14 days and in accordance with state and local government directives.
For the past 5 weeks the number of COVID-19 cases in the county and state have shown a steady decline.
The basic plan for a Sunday service is as follows:
- Cars entering the parking lot will park in front of the church (on the atrium side).
- All church doors except the center atrium door will only be used for emergency exit.
- Travel in the church is limited to the atrium area, designated restrooms and sanctuary.
- The congregants will enter the atrium wearing masks (those 2 years and above should wear a mask unless otherwise contraindicated) and maintain the social distance of 6 feet or more.
- Temperatures will be taken at four designated stations in the atrium.
- There will be hand sanitizer and COVID-19 signage located in the atrium.
- You will be directed through the main door (door #4) into the sanctuary.
- An usher will meet you at the door and escort you to a designated seat. You will not be able in the sanctuary to physically interact with others. People living in the same home can sit together.
- A pastor will give instructions on how the service is to be conducted.
- Mask are to remain in place during the service properly fitted, covering the mouth and nose securely.
- The worship team will sing while masked maintaining social distance or music will be pre-recorded.
- The speaker will maintain proper distance (6 ft or more) from congregants.
- If possible, use the restroom before coming to church. The restrooms on the south side of the building will be used. No more then two persons will be allowed in the restroom at one time. Parents are requested to accompany their young children to the restroom.
- When the service is over, congregants are to remain seated and the ushers will exit the congregants row by row from the rear forward.
- Your tithes can be dropped in the box at the rear of the sanctuary at the center door.
- Communion if available can be picked up as you leave the sanctuary to be consumed at home.
- There will be no congregating in the atrium.
- Wearing your mask and maintaining social distance of 6 feet or more, socializing can be done in the parking lot.
Volunteers and congregants attending should answer the following questions:
- Within the last ten days have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus?
- Do you live in the same house with or have you had close contact with someone who in the last 14 days has been in isolation for COVID-19 or had a test confirming they have the virus?
- Have you had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours which are new or not explained by another reason?
- Fever (100.4 F), chills, repeated shaking/shivering
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
- Loss of test or smell
- Muscle pain
- Runny or congested nose
If any of the above questions are yes please watch the service by live stream. For this first indoor service we are estimating about one hundred fifty people. According to the county law we can accommodate more based on the sanctuary square footage. We need volunteers to help carry this out.
To give us an idea of how many volunteers we will need we request that you RSVP at ….. and indicate whether you are a volunteer or attending the service as a congregant.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.