On Tuesday night, June 16th, the church council met and passed a Pandemic Reopening Directive (PRD). See below.
A Special Church Council meeting was held on Wednesday, July 1, to discuss the question of whether or not we should reopen our church doors for limited capacity worship on July 12. After reviewing the number of positive cases and trend lines over the past two weeks in Dubuque, reviewing the survey results conducted this past month, and reviewing our Pandemic Reopening Directive, it was unanimously decided that the church needs to remain closed.
We will not be reopening on July 12th and will continue to provide worship services online. We will review the data and recommendations from the CDC and local health officials again at our scheduled Council Meeting on July 21. At that time, we will determine if it is safe to begin reopening or not.
We understand this is not the news some of you are wanting to hear, however, as Christians we are called to care for one another, the world, and especially the vulnerable. As we continue to take these precautions we do so with the hope that we are protecting one another from a dreadful virus that is wreaking havoc on our world. We will never know how our preventative actions have limited the spread of COVID-19, but we assume that council's decisions have prevented infections among our congregants and their families. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. We continue to hold each other in prayer and in our hearts and look forward to the day we may gather in-person once again. We are on in Christ no matter where are though and in this we can always trust. Peace be with you Beloveds of God!