In light of the decision by the City of Austin and Travis County to lift all COVID restrictions, the Session voted (at its Stated Meeting on March 28) to lift all COVID-related restrictions as well. This is good news. This means that masks are completely optional indoors and social distancing is no longer required. It also means we will proceed to reinstate many of the practices that were paused or changed during the last two years of the pandemic.
This Sunday, April 10, you will be invited to come forward to receive Communion. Bread will be prepared for you to select, and trays of individual juice cups will also be prepared for you to select. If you prefer to remain seated, the pre-sealed Communion cups will also be available.
After worship this Sunday, the Hospitality team will host a time of Fellowship. Feel free to stay and visit with friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee or a plate of cookies.
Other elements of our life together will be returning in the coming weeks. But this does not mean that everything will be “going back to the way it was before.” Nor should it! We will still offer worship online for those who cannot be physically present with us. We will still take advantage of Zoom technology for some study opportunities and some gatherings and meetings.
I encourage everyone to determine your own level of comfort with these measures. Some are ready to embrace the newness and their neighbors; others are still hesitant, cautiously moving into the future, concerned for the health and safety of themselves and others. BOTH are acceptable places to find yourself. We will continue to encourage and respect anyone who wishes to wear a mask while gathered indoors, or who wishes to maintain a social distance.