July 30, 2020

From the Pastor...

Dear Members and Friends of Risen Savior,

This past week, Manatee Co. issued a mandate that requires masks to be worn inside of all businesses and houses of worship. In Hebrews 13:1, God commands us to "submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established". We understand that not everyone wants to wear a mask, but now that our government has made it mandatory, we are asking that anyone (with some exceptions) who attends worship at Risen Savior to please wear a mask. Exceptions include: 1) children under the age of six, 2) those with medical reasons for not wearing a mask, 3) when you are able to practice social distancing inside of church.

So, this Sunday, if you are planning on attending worship at Risen Savior, please wear a mask to enter church (unless you meet exceptions 1 or 2 above), and then when you have found your seat, as long as you are socially distanced from others, you can continue to wear your mask, or you may remove it. After the service is over, we will ask everyone then to put their mask back on as they leave church.

As a reminder, we will continue to put bulletins on every other row. Please sit only where you can find a bulletin as that will help us to stay more spread out. We will try to reserve the back rows for larger families (4 or more). If you have any questions regarding this, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Online Service: We encourage those who do not feel comfortable worshiping in person at this time to continue to worship at home. We will record our 8 AM service and send it out to our members when it is ready. It will also be available on our website.

Sunday school/Bible Class: There will be no in-person Sunday school or Bible Class until the fall.

Coffee/Refreshments: We will not be offering a formal time for coffee and refreshments before/after the service.

Misc: Offerings will be gathered at each door rather than passing the plate around. Interior doors will be propped open; exterior doors will be propped open or manned. Hard surfaces will be cleaned before, between, and after services.

Whether you worship in person or at home, we give thanks to God that together, we worship the Risen Savior!