Upcoming Events

Indoor Service Saturday October 24, 2020
Oct 24, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Our Saviour's United Methodist Church, 701 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194, USA
A Contemporary Service
Indoor Service Sunday October 25, 2020
Oct 25, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Our Saviour's United Methodist Church, 701 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL, USA
A Traditional Service

Plan for Reopening Our Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is my hope and prayer that you are staying healthy and well, and encouraged during these uncertain times.

In the past few weeks, the Relaunch Team, the Single Board and the Staff developed a plan/protocol required by our Conference in order to resume indoor in-person worship and gatherings. It was approved by our District Superintendent, Rev. Heath. Our reopening date is set for October 17/18, if and when everything is in place and ready to do so.

While we are eager to worship together, we want to be diligent in implementing a thoughtful, wise, responsible, and safe plan to reopen our church. 

Our plan is grounded in our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and our confidence in the love and grace of God. 

 

  • Our first imperative is to not endanger the common good (“Do no harm.”)

  • We value life and are our neighbors’ keepers.

  • Our priority is safety and health.

  • Reframe our understanding of extravagant welcome to be extravagant care and protection.

I know that the stress and anxiety of the moment can be a daily struggle. It certainly is for just about everyone. It’s a good time to remember that we need each other. Our call as People of God is to love and take care of each other. I bring this up because in our own community we will have differing ideas of what can or should be done in the country, the state, or even our own church. The truth is, none of us have been through this before. So we need to walk gently with each other, demonstrating kindness, patience, love and humility as we seek to worship and praise our God and serve our community.

 

Re-opening our church will inevitably be a time of mixed emotions – joy at being able to come together to worship in our church building after many months in lockdown; sadness for the absence of some members. Many of us will be able to attend services and activities as fully healthy, low-risk individuals. Others, though, will come out of a deep love for and obligation to their church, deciding to take a risk in order to be back with their church family. And still others won’t be ready or won’t be able to join us yet. 

 

The reopening will take place in two phases. Phase One: Worship and Youth Ministry (October 17/18). Phase Two: Other Ministries and Outside Groups (November 15). The in-person gatherings will look different and feel different. There won’t be singing and coffee hour and hugs and fellowship. We will continue the online Sunday worship service and online discipleship opportunities. 

 

Friends, this pandemic has disrupted our lives. Life has changed. And the future of the church will be different. But, as I have expressed before, one thing will remain the same: our mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our mission to profess Christ to everyone we meet; our mission to serve the community. We will continue to do this whether online or in-person. 

 

Friends, I believe we are blessed to have people (leaders and volunteers) with the wisdom and skills necessary to get us to the “new normal” stronger and better. We will prevail in facing these difficult times. For God is with us. God is our rock and our unwavering foundation under our feet. (Psalm 18:2). Please, keep us all in your prayers.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach me at pastorlagos-fonseca@osumc.org 

 

In Christ’s service and yours.

Pastor David

Guidelines for Attending In-Person Worship

Before You Arrive

  • Check for symptoms like fever of 100.4, cough, runny nose, loss of taste or smell. If symptoms  are present, please stay at home  and/or seek medical help.

  • Use the booking system in advance  to reserve your attendance. (50  people capacity limit)

  • Make sure you have a face  mask to bring and wear.

When You Arrive

  • Doors will be opened 10 minutes prior to the start of worship.

  • Enter only in marked doorways. Pews and floors will be marked as  well.

  • Contactless infrared temperature checks upon entering the building.

  • Wear a face mask at all times. Make sure it covers both nose & mouth. (Everyone over the age of 2)

  • Maintain 6 ft. physical distancing from others. If accompanied, remain  with your group.

  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer often. (Hand sanitizer available at  entrance and exit)

  • Follow all one way traffic patterns and the guidance of the ushers.

  • No hugs or handshakes or high fives or fist bumps.

  • No congregational singing.

  • Leave your offering in the offertory plates located at the back of the  sanctuary or mail it to the church.

After The Service

  • You will be dismissed by pews.  Please follow the instructions of  ushers.

  • Use only designated exit doors.

  • Practice physical distancing and  continue to wear your face mask.

  • No congregating in the parking lot or church.

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701 E. Schaumburg Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60194

(847)352-8181

Church Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday, 9 - 3

churchoffice@osumc.org