Report from the Task Force on Re-entry
On Monday, September 14th, our Church Council approved the “Guidelines for Re-Entry Plan” presented by our Re-Entry Task Force. This plan was put together in conjunction with the church staff using an approach of “walk, not run.” The task force continues to assess comfort levels of our church staff, government guidelines, and as a top priority, congregational care & safety. While worship, other large gatherings, & most of our regular programming remain virtual for the foreseeable future, the approved plan allows for ministry programs to bring together small groups of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors back on our ESUMC campus under very specific guidelines. While the guidelines are focused on our church campus, we recommend that the same guidelines and precautions be followed should any ministry choose to have off campus gatherings. Our Re-entry Task Force will assess its plan guidelines on a monthly basis based on the progress of state/city re-entry phases, as well as feedback from the church leadership teams. Stay tuned for opportunities and information from our ministry programs.
- Financial Peace, Starting January 13
- Want to no longer stress about money? It is possible when you know how to handle your finances. Join this virtual Financial Peace University class and you will learn how to dump debt and build wealth – all while staying home! Click here to register and to learn more about the class and associated fees – space is limited so sign-up today! This nine-week course led by Carl Hoverstad will meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Reach out to Carl if you have any questions.
- MLK, Jr. Day – Gather for Good, January 18
- For the past several years, our church has spent MLK, Jr. Day packaging thousands of Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meals. Since we cannot gather in person this year, RAH has created Gather for Good – a fun virtual event to bring people together to learn about hunger and engage in a family friendly trivia game. The event is free of charge, with donations going to purchase medical supplies for a partner hospital in Haiti. Click here to register and join the ESUMC team on the 18th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- REI Virtual Groundwater Presentation, January 24
- As part of our pro-baptismal / anti-racist journey, we invite you to join us for a lively and participatory 3-hour virtual introduction to Racial Equity presented by the Racial Equity Institute (REI) on Sunday, January 24 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, this Groundwater presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant. Sign up here.
- Helping Our Hungry Neighbors Food Drive Drop-Off, January 31
- Throughout January stock up on some of the items below, and then swing by the church on the 31st between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a drive thru drop-off at our back entrance. All items will go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Items needed: Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Rice, Pasta & Pasta Sauce (no glass jars), Cereal, Oatmeal, Canned Soup, Canned Chicken & Tuna, Canned & Dry Beans