May 28, 2020 Update:
In Diversity we Respect One Another
May 7, 2020 Update:
Our Path Forward: The Four-Phase Plan
We are currently in: Phase 2
Our Path Forward
The four-phase plan comes from our federal and state governments. Effective May 6, La Casa de Cristo is in Phase One. As we have made decisions since the beginning of the pandemic, the exact timeline of moving through the phases and our arrival at Phase Four and in-person worship will be determined under the guidance of state, local, and federal government authorities. The final decision will be made by our senior pastor and pastoral leadership team, the Board of Trustees, and our parish nurse.
In-person worship will begin in the Sanctuary only, with specific protocols to follow. All services will be held in the Sanctuary for cleaning and sanitary purposes, as this will provide fewer areas for our custodians to clean. All other ministries will remain online until we meet our Phase Four benchmarks. While we expect our phased approach to line up with the phases that have been laid out by federal, state, and local governments, everything hinges on the health of our community and the CDC’s recommendations. We love PEOPLE more than our TRADITIONS. As a large public institution, we must be more cautious about how we reopen due to the size of our gatherings. Therefore, we will likely open a little later than other local businesses. We will advance through the phases only as the city and state, board, pastors, and parish nurse approve, and we meet the benchmarks to continue reopening.
Once in Phase Four, you are free to worship in-person or online as you desire. The choice is yours. However, through Phase Four and beyond, we will encourage the most at-risk population to return to in-person worship or other activities only when totally comfortable. If you have underlying medical conditions, asthma or other respiratory issues, or have a compromised immune system due to medical treatments, please continue to worship via LaCasaLive.com.
Will regular activities look different?
While we expect our in-person gatherings to feel the same as before when we reach Phase Four, like the rest of society, we expect that the way we interact with each other will look a little different for a while. We will continue to modify the parts of our worship services that required physical contact previously (such as passing offering plates and Sharing of the Peace), and will do everything we can to keep our facilities clean and safe. Even if you see facemasks and social distancing when we gather together again in-person, we know it will feel like coming home.
Clergy visits and prayers will continue, as they have since early March, with pastoral care over the phone, FaceTime, or Zoom. Pastors are not allowed to visit local hospitals but will pray with you. Please let us know if you are going into the hospital. We also have resources with hospital chaplains.
Baptisms will be emergency only until further notice. Weddings will not be occurring unless previously scheduled until further notice. Prior to Phase Four, funerals and memorials will take place as necessary, limited to three family members of the deceased in the Sanctuary; clergy will wear masks. Livestream is an option. The Memorial Garden remains closed and burials and inurnments are postponed until at least June 1.
Pastor Ruby will approve all in-person pastoral acts on a case-by-case basis.
What about regular weekly or monthly events?
In the near term, all of our events, other than worship in Phase Four and beyond, will be held online only. Gradually, as we see how in-person worship begins in Phase Four, we will open up other ministries according to the benchmarks and our leadership team in Phase Four and beyond.
How can we gather together now?
In-person gatherings may be on hold for a little while longer, but La Casa de Cristo has a number of great ways to gather digitally on a weekly basis. Join us at LaCasaLive.com as often as you can, and watch for more opportunities coming soon!