Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
Comments from Pastor, David Spaulding

Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We pray that this finds you blessed and well. I share this as we are preparing to relaunch in-person worship at Hernando. We are excited! It is about six months since we last worshipped together in our sanctuary. Seems so long, wow! We thank the Lord for modern technology and a handful of super-dedicated people which has allowed us to continue to connect with one another. Yet, we also know that there is something unique and wonderful about coming together in person for worship, teaching, and fellowship. Our leadership has endeavored to create a safe and joyful worship space for us with protocols in place to keep all attendees safe. Our dry runs have shown that we want to abide by protocols and rules to engage for the safety of ourselves and others. I believe we can trust each other. I believe we will be smart, be careful, be courteous, be helpful, and all be blessed, safe, and healthy in God's church!

I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead! There are some special days coming up, don't you know!

We will begin In-Person, In-Sanctuary worship October 18, 2020.
Worship time is 10:00 am.

We want people to feel comfortable returning to worship together, so out of love for one another we ask that the precautions outlined below be followed. It is our hope that the joy of re-gathering will overcome any potential awkwardness and frustrations we may experience. Every scenario cannot be anticipated for social interaction nor every possible risk removed. Each individual is responsible for their own personal health and we will continue to provide our worship services virtually on Youtube and Facebook for anyone who is not ready to return to a public gathering. We will also continue to operate in accordance with the guidelines put in place by the CDC and the United Methodist Florida Conference.

Guidelines and Precautions for October 18, 2020 Re-opening

Worship Covenant - Please read and sign. This Covenant is between you, your church family and our Lord.
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Reservations are required due to limited number of seats available:
Please make a reservation by end of day Thursday of worship. This will help us better serve you by knowing any special seating arrangements that are necessary. If you do not make a reservation there may or may not be seating available. Without a reservation you will need to wait outside until all of those with reservations are seated. If necessary and available you may sit in an overflow area.

Before the Service starts:

  • First and foremost, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are sick, or experiencing flu-like symptoms we ask that you stay home. - Entrance will be through the east-side double doors.
  • As you arrive your temperature will be taken using non-contact thermal scanners. Those with a temp. of 100.4 or above are kindly asked not to enter the sanctuary but enjoy our worship service online at home.
  • As you wait to be scanned/enter the sanctuary please practice social distancing (6 feet markers will be on the floor). Please be patient!
  • At this time, we ask that you wear a facemask while in the sanctuary. We understand that some may have breathing difficulties and will need to occasionally remove their mask. We will have some facemasks at the door, if needed. Use the available hand sanitizer.
  • Your attendance will be recorded on the reservation list.
  • Ushers will guide worshippers to their seats. Chairs are appropriately spaced. Congregants will be seated six feet from other worshippers who are not family or in a domicile group.
  • Please respect the direction of the ushers.
  • Bulletins will be already placed on the seats.

During the Service:

  • Offering plates will not be passed from hand to hand. Rather there will be designated receptacles for the offering at the back and exit to the church.
  • There will be no hymn singing but our wonderful music team will present special music items. You are welcome to lift hands in praise or clap as the Spirit moves you.
  • We ask you to refrain from shaking hands and giving hugs. Other options may be to wave, tap your heart, make heart sign with hands.
  • Restrooms are open, but please do not congregate outside or inside the restroom.

After the Service:

  • To prevent congestion and ensure social distancing, ushers will dismiss worshippers by rows starting from rear of church. Please exit through the double west-side doors. If you are using the special needs door, please wait until all have exited.
  • Conversation is encouraged outdoors while maintaining proper social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • There will be no food or beverages. Water fountains are turned off.
  • Cleaning will be done following service using disinfectant.

Other notes of importance:
No children's Sunday school or nursery until further notice.
We eagerly await the day when these temporary restrictions can be removed. Until then, let us all remember that love and consideration of others is the truest mark of a believer (John 13:35; Philippians 2:3-5). Our aim is to honor the Lord and show proper concern and respect for one another, as well as maintain a godly testimony before the world as we reopen the sanctuary. If you are unable to meet with us, we fully understand and will try to minister to you the best we can while we face this pandemic. Again, the service will be provided virtually for you.

As we move ahead:

This is what the Lord says-

18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (Rev. 21.5a)

This is the day that our Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad!

God has guided us to a new place in our faith journey. Thank-you Jesus that we will gather to praise and worship you. It may not be exactly what it was. It will be a wonderful step forward for connecting with our Lord and one another. It will be a time of Worship together with our Lord. If there is anything you need or if you have any concerns, be sure to contact the Pastor Dave or Maria in the Church Office.

See you in church.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
God Bless You. Amen and Amen
Pastor Dave