Here we go! It’s the last weekend of June and the end to the first full week of summer. This Sunday also marks our 2nd week in our Re-opening of The Lake for In-person Worship Gatherings. After last Sunday’s response to Re-opening, with all the changes put in place to make sure everyone felt safe and protected while worshipping, we have been working on plans for this Sunday, June 28th. And, now that there has been a new Mandate issued this week, we have another layer added to how we can safely and respectfully gather to worship together at The Lake.
Believe me when I say this decision making process has been draining me. One day I hear this; the next I read this; the next day we’re headed in the right direction; then, the next thing I know, fear has moved back in. As I have said all along, when it comes to Re-opening The Lake; we will do everything we can to make sure our entire facility is clean and sanitized before anyone arrives on Sunday morning, and we will repeat those steps between both Worship Gatherings, and immediately after the 11:00am Worship Gathering. In light of the newest Mask Mandate, I am asking; even recommending, that if you wear a mask when you leave your home; if you wear a mask to go shopping, out to eat, to the park, anywhere during the week, then please wear your mask when you attend The Lake this Sunday, and for the next two weeks. If you arrive this Sunday morning to The Lake and forgot your mask, or would like a mask to wear, we will have those available for you. We, as a Staff and Volunteers, are doing all we can to help prevent the spread of this virus, and to find ways to gather as believers to worship. All we ask is that you join us in this fight.
And, like last week, I ask you to continue to be patient with all our Volunteers, as this is all new to us as well. We are not in the habit of seating people 6ft. apart. We are not in the habit of wiping down every high-touch area before, during, and after each Worship Gathering. We are not in the habit of wearing masks and gloves…but we will, so that we can open the doors for worship on Sundays.
And, like last week at The Lake:
The “LOBBY” will be the area outside the building between parking and front doors for the time being.
Use only Middle Double-Doors to enter and exit the building.
Masks will be recommended, but not required. Masks will also be available if needed.
Doors will open at 9:15am for 9:30 Worship Gathering and 10:50am for our 11:00am Worship Gathering.
Lake Cafe` will not be open. (You may bring your own coffee and water)
Restrooms will be open but we request only 2-3 people in there at a time.
Seating in Auditorium is still “LIMITED”, so please allow Guest Services Volunteers to help find adequate seating for you and your family. Preferably, seating would fill in front to back.
There are 75 seats in the Auditorium for each Worship Gathering. (50% capacity)(Last Sunday, there were more open seats at 11:00 than 9:30)
No Connection Cards
No Offering Baskets passed along rows. You may place your tithe or offering in baskets as you leave Auditorium, or Give Online.
No pens in seat pouches. (BYOP – Bring your own pen)
Dismissal will begin with back rows and gradually move toward the front rows to eliminate congestion.
Again, I look forward to being able to worship with you this coming Sunday. I pray God continues to keep you safe and protected, and that as His time permits, we will be together again.
If you have any hesitations at all about being in a crowd of people; even if it is a church service; or, have been around anyone with Covid-19; have shortness of breath or coughing; have a fever over 100; loss of sense of taste; or, just want to wait a little longer before returning, then please join us online this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00am at Lake Live Online.
Upcoming events at The Lake:
This is the final Sunday of our current teaching series, “Recalculating.” What do we do, or what happens to us when we have everything planned out; all the preparation and the scheduling is set, and then things don’t turn out like we thought they would? How do we handle that, or better, how should we respond to that change? I mean, it isn’t what we planned to happen. We were doing God’s will, and we had these expectations, but it didn’t happen as it should have. How do we “Recalculate” that? John the Baptist experienced just this change of plans in his life. What can we learn from him? We find out this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00am at Lake Community Church and at Lake Live Online.
Lake Students is still offering gatherings during the week with Devotionals with Eric, Q&A events, and regular Wednesday evening gatherings via ZOOM for all Middle School and High School Students. Find out all about their weekly schedule of meetings on their website, thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane at email@example.com.
Parents! Our Lake Kids Director, Amanda Stone, has been sharing all the lessons and projects for Lake Kids each week on our mylake.church website. Simply click on the Tab, Lake Kids, and select your child’s age group; Pre-K or K-5 and you have access to all the games, stories, and videos any day during the week. You can also find out more about Lake Kid’s preparation for Re-opening and a Pre-Checkin feature, along with some information about Lake Kids Camp in July. There is also an added resource on your phone for your children in the Bible App for Kids.
I encourage you to view this video from Amanda Stone, our Lake Kids Director. Please click on Lake Kids to learn more about what to expect when you and your child arrives at Lake Kids. This Sunday, Lake Kids will be Re-opening for Pre-K and under at 9:30 and 11:00am. All other children may sit with their parents in one of our two Worship Gatherings. There will be a age appropriate Kids Pack for your child as you enter the Auditorium.
** This year our Lake Kids Bible Camp, “ANCHORED” is scheduled for Friday, July 24th, 4-6pm, and Saturday, July 25th, 3-5pm. Go ahead and mark this on your calendar. We’ll be sharing more details soon.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support The Lake financially with your tithes and offerings through our online giving tab. If you have never really tried to give online, I encourage you to give it a try. You can Give Online at mylake.church. Your first step is to click on the blue circle (Like the one pictured above) in the lower right corner of our website, and follow the instructions. It’s quick and it’s simple. You can do a one-time gift or donation, or you can setup a recurring gift drafted from your own bank account. With each online contribution, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You can also still make your contribution, tithe, or offering by texting your gift to 84321 on your smartphone; enter an amount; choose Lake Community Church, and you’re on your way. Follow any of those directions and continue to support Lake Community Church through this season. And, you can still mail your tithe, or offering to Lake Community Church, 7800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146. I mean, you can even drop by the church (T-F) if you just need someone to talk to. 🙂
See you this Sunday at The Lake Online!