Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a difference a week makes in the weather and our spirit surrounding COVID-19.
Rules governing the northern portion of our state have been relaxed and there is much to be said about the pros and cons of that decision and how it relates to Community Reformed Church having face-to-face services again.
Please know that we too are praying for that unification to come sooner than later, yet we’ve decided as an elder board to continue with a course of caution.
Our plan loosely follows our state’s three final stages of Improving, Containing and Post-Pandemic (Please see the attached document). Without knowing how our state and specifically West Michigan will continue to progress through these stages, we are unable to pinpoint an exact date to reopen our church for normal worship.
What you’ll see, however, is a strategy to gradually add elements of smaller group gatherings and multiple services on Sundays to allow for greater social distancing within the sanctuary and overall facility. We will eventually open fully without restrictions.
This will likely take some time. We realize some may disagree with our decided course of action and the board members understand this frustration. We are also struggling with our decisions and are prayerfully seeking God’s direction regarding the safe reopening of Community Reformed. We would love to hear your grace-filled thoughts and ideas in the coming weeks.
We’re also comforted by God’s word as we’re reminded in Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” This is a time to extend grace to others as we all work to navigate this pandemic in the best way possible. The pastors and elders are available to discuss this plan should you have questions or concerns.
Please know as we proceed through this uncertain time and begin opening church, the way you decide to worship should be celebrated! As leaders, we will work diligently to make sure all forms of worship offered will be done well and no expression of worship will be treated as primary or secondary. Praising God and sharing his grace is our intent!
Please pray that we’re guided to make the right decisions for the congregation and staff and we will continue to pray for the health of you and your families.
We look forward to praising our Lord with you all soon in person,
The Elders of Community Reformed Church
Paul Lucas, Dirk Schrotenboer, Cory Olsen, Kyle Borst, Sue Hill, Josh Barnes, Jason Decker and Doug Huizenga