Friends,

Sunday’s coming!  We’ve been promised (and prayed for) an end to the isolation that kept us safe from COVID-19 and we’re ALMOST THERE!  Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, has announced plans to rescind the mask mandate he ordered last summer.  As of April 6, 2021, the people of Indiana will no longer be required to wear face coverings when in public. 

While I welcome the Governors decision, I feel it is too early to let down our guard here at Bedford First.  There are some people (me included!) who have yet to be fully vaccinated.  Plus, the CDC continues to strongly recommend that the practices of wearing face coverings and observing 6 feet of social distancing in public places.  In my opinion, the church should be considered a public building.  There are also concerns about the effectiveness of the vaccines to prevent spread and possible variants.   On Saturday, March 27, Larry Whitehead, the Executive Assistant to the Bishop, sent out the following message:  

“Many are weary of being cautious when it comes to COVID-19. We get it. And yet we have not yet finished the course. The finish line may be in sight, but we are not there yet. A lot could still happen in the remaining 200 yards. 

“As we prepare to enter Holy Week, many of our churches will be resuming in-person services, if they haven’t already. As leadership, we want to remind you to please continue to proceed with an abundance of caution. 

“Governor Holcomb announced this past week that as of April 6, individual communities can determine for themselves if they want to wear masks. We continue to advise that it is in all of our best interests to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing as we seek to cross the finish line before us. 

“We are almost there, friends. Let us heed Paul’s advice to “not grow weary of doing what is good.”

“Grace and peace,
 
“Larry K. Whitehead
“Executive Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries”

Therefore, the requirement that people in the building continue to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all time and observe social distancing of 6 feet at all times will continue for the time being.  

As I have been doing since we initially resumed services on June 14, 2020, I will continue to monitor the county statistics to keep us as safe as possible.  My plan is to reassess our situation in June.  

Keep holding on, Sunday’s coming!  

Love and appreciate all of you!  

Judi

April 2, 2021