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Dear Church Family,

With the recent decline in cases of the COVID-19 virus in our community, Rotterdam UMC is happy to report that we are planning to return to in-person worship services starting on Sunday, March 7th.   In the next few weeks, before we can re-open our doors to in-person worship, we will be resuming cleaning of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, sending out the sign-up list for worship service helpers, and getting our ushers in place.  All of this is necessary to hold in-person services.  Please volunteer to help at one of the services when the sign-up comes out.  Without volunteers, we cannot hold the services.

Even though we are resuming in-person worship services, I want to caution everyone that the virus is still present in our community and we still need to remain vigilant to prevent its spread.  RUMC will continue to hold services at the 50% capacity recommended by the NYSDOH and all previous safety precautions will continue to be in place.  Masks are required, social distancing, hand sanitizing, no singing by attendees, health screening at the door, and attendance is taken, to name a few.  Of course, if you are not feeling well prior to any worship service, out of an abundance of caution, please stay home and do not attend the service.  Let us be safe, so we can continue to worship together in person.

For those of you who still do not yet feel comfortable returning to worship in-person, we will also continue to live stream all our services at https://www.facebook.com/RotterdamUMC/ .  We look forward to you joining us remotely each week.

In addition, we will be returning to limited building use and the Fellowship Hall will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays for Scout meetings and Bible Study with the previous capacity restrictions in place.  As previously stated, Wonderland is currently open and holding in-person classes.  The Lenten Book Study will start in-person and remotely on Wednesday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Please contact Rev. Caroline if you are interested in attending either in-person or remotely.

There are a few changes to the Holy Week services to keep everyone safe.  There will be one in-person/live streamed Maundy Thursday/Good Friday joint service on Thursday April 1st at 6:00 p.m.  There will be no separate Good Friday Service on April 2nd.   We will still be holding our Good Friday Prayer Vigil from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with volunteer church members praying remotely from home.  The church building will not be open that day.  More details on this event will follow, including a sign-up to volunteer to pray during that day.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Spawn.

Easter Day on April 4th also has some changes.  We have concluded that we can only safely hold one in-person worship service on Easter.   That said, due to attendance restrictions, we are requesting that everyone who can attend the Easter service remotely please do so.  This will allow those in our church family who are unable to attend via Facebook access to attend Easter worship in-person.  As we are limited in our capacity, everyone who wishes to attend the Easter service in-person must sign up in advance.  Only those who sign up in advance will be admitted to the service.  Additional details and the sign-up will follow in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions, or you need help signing up for Easter, please contact Melissa at 518-280-2935.

We realize the pandemic continues to make life difficult for all and we pray everyone stays safe and well as we try to get back to some sort of normal.   If you have a need, please reach out to us.


God Bless,

Rev. Caroline Simmons

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