JUNE COVID PROTOCOLS
At a called Session Meeting on Tuesday, June 1st, the Session, unanimously, adopted the following protocols for Worship:
- No social distancing requirements in the building;
- Bibles and Hymnals will be replaced in the pews to aid in worship;
- Communion, the Offering and the Passing of the Peace of Christ shall remain as we have been doing it for the past number of months;
- Masks are to be worn in the building for worship and gatherings; the only exception will be for the leaders in worship and choir in the pulpit area;
We will revisit any of these policies as needed with the hope that all restrictions might be lifted at a later date. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Elders prayerfully discussed our protocols and chose to err on the side of caution for everyone’s health and safety.
Covid-19 Funeral Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
Please use this link to find more information about how to apply (https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance).
COVID 19 UPDATE: March 31, 2020
At a meeting on Monday, March 30, the Session of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury voted to continue the shuttering of the church facility, and the cancellation of all programming, events, and activities due to the current status of the COVID-19 virus. This policy will continue through the end of April at which time the Session will revisit this issue on or about Monday, April 27th. Because of our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we believe that the maintenance of social distancing will help keep the virus from spreading and will assist in flattening the curve.
The church staff members are still available by way of email, text, call or ZOOM meeting. Thank you for your patience and your perseverance in pray for our community, nation and world.
March 16, 2020 Message
To the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury Family,
The church Session and staff continues to make necessary plans this week regarding public health concerns. It is a rapidly changing landscape, with lots of moving pieces, and we are responding, planning as is appropriate for everyone’s well-being. We are in communication with local government and very aware of the plans announced this week by local schools and Universities
Because of our deep concern for the well-being of our church and community, beginning today, Monday, March 16, 2020, we will be cancelling all programming, events, activities, and shuttering the building. We are taking a Lenten Sabbatical and possibly beyond to ensure we are doing all we can to keep COVID-19 / Coronavirus from spreading.
This includes the cancellation of ALL scheduled meetings, rehearsals, Sunday worship, and outside groups in the church building
On or about Wednesday, April 1st, we will update the congregation and community as to our plans. Please check the church website and your email for these updates.
As we continue on this Lenten journey unlike any other, please remember to check on neighbors, friends, and church members. Communication, support, and reassurance are ultimately important.
You can reach our staff members through their emails and cell phones.
We have made our decision not out of fear, but out of serious concern for the health of our church and our community. Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “Do not be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hears and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
The Peace of Christ be with you.
Rev. Dr. Philip W. Oehler, Sr.