COVID-19 Protocol Update

We have received new guidance from the Desert Southwest Conference in light of new CDC rules for gatherings, masks, and Social Distancing. 
Beginning with worship this Sunday, May 30th, those who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks since your single-shot J&J or your 2nd shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) may worship without masks and are not required to maintain specific social distance. This is at the individual’s option and if you are more comfortable continuing to wear a mask, please do so. We will not ask for proof of your vaccination, but in the spirit of Do No Harm you would honor our protocol. We request that you seat yourself to the East side of the aisle in front of the permanent pulpit (towards the sound booth) and use the east and center doors from the patio or the direct entry in the Southwest corner of the Sanctuary opposite the Medical Building. 
If you are not vaccinated as described above, you must wear your mask and maintain a social distance of 6″ from unrelated people. We would ask that you enter through the patio door at the west rear of the Sanctuary and seat yourself west-most section.  
We will no longer be performing temperature checks. By attending you are asserting that you are not experiencing any symptoms of the disease; if you are you should join us in worship online.

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND SERVICE FOR EASTER SUNDAYAT 7:30 AM!

Here’s the BUT.

With COVID guidelines our seating is limited at about 185 in the Sanctuary. For reference, 166 attended on Palm Sunday. Douglas Chapel & Moore Hall are set up for overflow with simultaneous video. We would appreciate a call or email to let us know your attendance plans.

In anticipation of this Sunday, realize we will need to sanitize the worship areas between services. If you attend at 7:30 please exit promptly so that process can begin. If you are going to attend at 9:30, there is no reason to arrive before 9 am, as we will be just completing the deep cleansing. Naturally, we would expect a larger crowd at 9:30, which means more likely winding up in one of the overflow venues. So if you can get out of bed there will be better seating at 7:30.

Also, with a 2nd service, we can use additional ushers, greeters, and if you have a Healthcare background, temperature & symptom screener. Please call or email us (psst – this will guarantee you a seat )

As you can see, we are pulling out all of the tricks to not have to turn away anyone or otherwise compromise our commitment to safety.

There are however, some take aways from Palm Sunday, that suggests we will need a little more cooperation to make this work. The Sanctuary is roped off to mark seating to maintain 6′ social distancing. IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE to move or ignore the ropes – there were people who did that. The ushers are to seat everyone so we can maximize attendance. We had people refuse to sit where the ushers directed them. e.g. Because a single person relocated themselves to a pew that was marked for a family of 5 or 6, that family had to split up. Someone sat in “their pew” despite it already was occupied, eliminating the safe distancing requirement.

Masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth for the entire service. Again, there were some that felt it did not apply to them.

We will all have to make sacrifices for the luxury of in-person worship. Can we, in the Spirit of Christ, give of ourselves so ALL can be safe, comfortable, and most of all, accommodated for what is currently the privilege of in-person worship? If you feel unable to cooperate, our Live Stream is working perfectly, and return to normal not that too far away. 

“How Do We Revitalize? The Path to Recover +Restore”

Over the next several weeks we will begin to give serious thought to the concept of stewardship. As a congregation, as we have come through the season of COVID 19 and a new sense of normal, we recognize that challenges personally as well as for our community of faith. There is not one of us who is not concerned about the financial health of Velda Rose United Methodist Church. Beginning this Wednesday, our online messages will present three prefaces to the Stewardship theme “2021 RECOVER +RESTORE”. We will discuss how do we as a congregation revitalize to accomplish Recovery and Restoration? Tune in Wednesdays February 3rd and 10th, and Sunday, February 7th.

STATEMENT ON ACTIVITIES DUE TO COVID-19 VIRUS

Greetings to all members and friends of Velda Rose United Methodist Church!
To say that we are living in an unprecedented period is more than an understatement. We are encountering a time that is challenging us to make hard decisions that we have never had to make before.

The worst thing that we can do is to make no decisions at all, or make decisions
that are so arbitrary that they become meaningless. The leadership at Velda Rose has listened carefully to local, state, and national updates and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also received advice from you, our parishioners, and have consulted with our District Superintendent and other conference leaders.

Churches may respond in various ways, but in light of the fact that we serve the
most vulnerable population group to the coronavirus, those above sixty-five years
of age, and host relatively large worship services and congregational events, we
have made the following decisions.

  1. All activities and events on the campus of Velda Rose UMC will be
    cancelled until further notice.
  2. This closure includes weekly worship, Bible studies, circle meetings, choral
    and bell practices, committee meetings, and rummage activities.
  3. This closure also applies to all other outside groups or community activities
    that use our facilities.
  4. We ask that, if you have attended any event or activity at Velda Rose UMC
    and have tested positive for the coronavirus, that you notify one of your
    pastors or the office as soon as possible. All information will be held in
    strictest confidence.

We realize that this decision will be challenging in many ways. Nonetheless, your
pastors will continue to reach out in ministry through a weekly livestream service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., accessible on the Velda Rose website (www.veldarose.org), or on Facebook. We are also planning to do a midweek devotional outreach, whose final form and delivery is yet to be established.

Your pastors will be available by email and by telephone. The front office will be closed, but all staff, including pastors, will be on site daily during normal office hours. We will take messages and respond to pastoral concerns and issues.

In this time of self-imposed social distancing, your pastors and staff will continue
to prepare and plan for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday, as well as
the months ahead. In the event that special days and events need to be cancelled,
we will do our best to bring them to you through other forms of communication.

Finally, we thank you for your faithfulness. You are a wonderfully devoted and loyal congregation, and your sustained giving is crucial during this time. The church will maintain all financial obligations regarding personnel and building expenses during the closure.
Please remember that you can bring your tithes and contributions to the office, mail them to the church, or give electronically. If needed, our office staff is available to provide assistance with electronic giving.

Above all else, remember that no matter where or how we meet, in good times or in difficult times, that we are the church. Christ is our Great Shepherd and He will continue to lead us as we move into the future.

May God’s richest blessing be upon each and every one of you in the days ahead.