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First Congregational United Church of Christ Fairmont

COVID-19 Safety Plan


SAFETY

Participants should understand and agree to the following COVID-19 Safety Plan for First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont prior to attendance:

Stay home if you or anyone in your household is sick or has symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. 
Persons who are at higher risk for severe illness (elderly or underlying health conditions) are strongly encouraged to stay home.
Masks are required, whether homemade cloth or disposable.  Disposable masks will be available at entrances if you need one.  *CDC guidelines do not require children under age 2 to wear a mask.
Use of hand sanitizer will be required upon entering the church.
Signs are posted at church entrances listing other COVID-19 related restrictions and guidelines to be observed by all in attendance.
Worship services will continue to be available via electronic means:

      Facebook Live - https://www.facebook.com/firstcongofairmontmn/    [live at regular worship time or archived]

      RightNow Media – https://www.rightnowmedia.org                           [contact Pastor Cory if you need access]

      Fairmont Cable Channel 12 – Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm

ATTENDANCE
Names of all in attendance will be recorded each Sunday.  This contact tracking is necessary in case we become aware of a coronavirus case within the congregation and need to inform you of possible exposure. 

CAPACITY
Percentage of total church occupancy is not an accurate method of determining safe seating capacity for worship services.  Physical distance of at least 6’ between individuals/family groups will be maintained when in the church building.  To maintain this distance:

There are 12 pews available on the main floor, with one empty row between to ensure proper physical distancing between congregants.
Seating estimates allow for a maximum of one couple on each end of a pew.  Total will generally be 4 per pew, unless part of a larger family unit.
4 pews are also available in the balcony with same physical distancing restrictions as the main floor.
 
GREETERS
Greeters will meet people at the front and alley doors (original north entrance is closed) to ensure that everyone has, or is provided, a mask and uses hand sanitizer upon entering.  Greeters will also ensure names of those in attendance are recorded as stipulated in “attendance” above.     

USHERS
Ushers will show people to appropriately spaced seating.  Please follow the usher’s directions and avoid congregating in church common areas.

At the end of the service the ushers will dismiss the congregation by rows.  Please exit the church as you are dismissed and avoid congregating in church common areas.  Socializing can be done outside at a safe distance.


CHANGES TO THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
No congregational or choir singing.  Special music will still be provided. 
Offering plates are not being passed.  Place offering in plates provided in the Narthex.
Communion is still planned on the first Sunday of each month.  Safe methods for distribution will be explained during the service.

SANITIZATION
Sanitizing will be done after services.  Please refrain from entering any areas that have been taped off.


​Rev. 3 – July 23, 2020
*All provisions contained herein are subject to change in accordance with local, state, and national public health guidelines.




ACOLYTES – Parents of children in third grade and up, please see our “SignUpGenius” site to get your child signed up to light candles in 2020!  The link is posted to our church website for your convenience.
 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A thought from the Mission Board . . .
Part of showing and sharing our love of God is to love and nurture his creations.  Over the next year we will be highlighting different ways we can show that love.  We are beginning our focus on cutting down on the amount of garbage we create.

We’d like to encourage you to bring your own coffee mug or tumbler with you rather than getting a disposable cup.

We invite everyone to begin this by bringing one to Sunday morning coffee at church, to Sunday School, to meetings, to the Community Meal!Type your paragraph here.

ACOLYTES – Parents of children in third grade and up, please see our “SignUpGenius” site to get your child signed up to light candles in 2020!  The link is posted to our church website for your convenience.
 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A thought from the Mission Board . . .
Part of showing and sharing our love of God is to love and nurture his creations.  Over the next year we will be highlighting different ways we can show that love.  We are beginning our focus on cutting down on the amount of garbage we create.

We’d like to encourage you to bring your own coffee mug or tumbler with you rather than getting a disposable cup.

We invite everyone to begin this by bringing one to Sunday morning coffee at church, to Sunday School, to meetings, to the Community Meal!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First Congregational UCC Announcements​​

Interested in joining First Congregational UCC?

Please speak to Pastor Cory after the service or send him an email. 





Week of October 19 – October 25, 2020


Wed Oct 21:            

5:30 Council / Financial Board

 

Sun Oct 18:
10:30 Worship

  


Birthdays for October 18 – October 24, 2020
Oct 18            Michael Rowan
Oct 19            Brian Thate  
Oct 21            Sue Kruse    
Oct 22            Jane Kotewa
                        Gracie Ziemer
                        David Adams
                        Jessi Kotewa

Anniversaries for October 18 – October 24, 2020
Oct. 20           Ken & Joy Rachuy              47 years
Oct. 22           Kevin & Sarah Zabel           15 years
Oct. 24           Steve & Janine Draper       40 years

 

Today’s Love of Creation Stewardship Moment Speaker is Mary Don Kislingbury.
 

During this time of isolation, please remember to reach out to our nursing home and shut-in friends with calls, mail, or scheduled, physically-distanced visits.

 

November Newsletter Submissions are due 9:00 a.m.,
Friday, October 23rd



 

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First Congregational UCC Announcements​​

Interested in joining First Congregational UCC?

Please speak to Pastor Cory after the service or send him an email. 






Week of October 12 – October 18, 2020

Mon Oct 12:
5:00 FCH Foundation

Wed Oct 14:
5:00 Mission Board
6:30 CE Board

 
Sun Oct 18:
10:30 Worship


Birthdays for October 11 – October 17, 2020
Oct 11         Jenny Craven
                    Mike Thate
Oct 13        Logyn Cone
                    Jonissa Neitzel
Oct 15        John Holstine
Oct 17        Jon Anderson




Anniversaries for October 11 – October 17, 2020
Oct. 15       Bill & Staci Thompson             15 years
 




​Reminders:

During this time of isolation,
please remember to reach out to our nursing home and shut-in friends with calls, mail, or scheduled, physically-distanced visits.




​Council Agenda reports
and items are due Friday, October 16th
by 9:00 am.