The Peoples Church has officially launched its 2021 Stewardship Pledge Campaign: A Life of Grace; A Season of Gratitude. If you have not had a chance to view the video, please do so by clicking here.
This video, the first in a series of four, highlights our work with Edgewood Village. It is not an exaggeration to say that the financial gifts shared by members enable The Peoples Church to tangibly improve the lives of hundreds of our neighbors at Edgewood. In this way, your generosity spreads the Word of God by doing the work of Christ.
In coming weeks, we will be releasing three new videos to tell three additional stories. As I’ve said before, both in the written word and in standing before you in our sanctuary, The Peoples Church means different things to different people. But without question, The Peoples Church means a tremendous amount to its members, its staff, and those we serve in the surrounding communities. Such wonderful work, even miracles, happen through the ministry of The Peoples Church…but we need your passion, enthusiasm and participation.
Please consider making your 2021 pledge to The Peoples Church. You can do so by:
- Calling the Church office at 517.332.5073.
- Completing the pledge form and returning it to the Church, or
- Visiting REALM, setting up an account, and completing your pledge form online
Thank you for your ongoing generosity. The importance of making your 2021 pledge cannot be overstated. I’ve included my direct phone number and email address below as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can provide you with further information.
John D. Lindley
Chair, Stewardship Committee
Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that provides Christian caregiving to church members going through difficult times. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of intensive training which—together with the grace of God—equips them with essential skills to offer this Christ-centered care.
We plan to have a group of Stephen Ministers in training (probably a hybrid of face-to-face and Zoom meetings) by the end of this fall. Aram Kabodian completed Stephen Leader training and is looking for a few more people interested in becoming Stephen Ministers.
SAFETY MEASURES FOR REOPENING
As of: 06/26/2020
The following operating procedures are based on current federal, state, county and local orders and guidelines. These procedures are subject to change as orders are amended.
- Safety measure supervisors are administrative staff responsible for ensuring that these safety measures are implemented and that the staff they supervise are adequately trained to follow them.
- Use of masks will be required for all adults entering the church that are medically able to do so. Masks are not required in areas where social distancing can be maintained. (ex. personal offices, restricted access spaces, etc.) Anyone who is unable or unwilling to wear a mask will be asked to leave.
- Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted in the building (see POTENTIAL EXPOSURE RESPONSE).
- Hygiene stations are located at the 3 primary entrances to the church (NW Entrance, Elevator Entrance, and NE Entrance) and contain hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks.
- Use of the church building by outside groups will be restricted.
- Meeting spaces will have occupancy reduced by 50% and be set to facilitate social distancing between users.
- Doors will be propped open when appropriate to reduce the number of touch points.
- All kitchens in the church will be locked and use will be restricted to authorized users.
- All non-worship visitors must check-in at the church office to help facilitate contact tracing.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
- Maintenance staff have received certification in post pandemic cleanup and disinfection.
- Touch points and high traffic areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day.
- Maintenance staff are using enhanced cleaning techniques and new disinfection equipment. Disinfectants and cleaning methods are following CDC and LARA guidelines.
- Unused areas of the church will be closed and locked to reduce the workload of custodial staff.
- Unnecessary chairs, tables, sofas, etc. are removed and placed into storage to reduce the amount of daily disinfection.
- Upon arrival, all staff will complete a health self-screening which includes a temperature check.
- Anyone that does not meet the screening criteria will not be permitted to stay and will be asked to self-quarantine (see POTENTIAL EXPOSURE RESPONSE).
- Church staff will not share workspaces.
- Church groups and ministries that meet in the church are restricted to 10 or less attendees. They are encouraged to meet virtually instead of in-person whenever possible.
- Church groups and ministries are asked to keep a record of attendance to each meeting or event to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an infection.
- Wednesday Night Live! meals will continue to be distributed in to-go containers in the NW Entrance.
- There will be no child care during worship services.
- Every other pew will be closed off to create more space between worshipers. If there are two services, the alternate pews will be blocked off so that the second service worshipers do not sit in the same pews. Individuals not residing in the same household are asked to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
- Ushers will wear gloves when distributing bulletins.
- Hymnals and Bibles have been removed from the pews. Hymns and Bible passages will be printed in the bulletin. There will be no congregational singing.
- No-contact forms of “passing of the peace” are encouraged (waving or bowing or hand on heart.)
- The Sunday offering will be collected at sanctuary exits, however, worshipers are encouraged to give online.
- Communion service is currently suspended. Once reinstated, communion will no longer be taken by intinction. Bread will be distributed by gloved clergy and elders. Juice will now be provided in individual cups placed on a table at the front of the Sanctuary.
- Ushers will dismiss worshipers one pew at a time starting with the back of the sanctuary.
- Fellowship time between services has been suspended.
POTENTIAL EXPOSURE RESPONSE
Potential exposure includes contact with someone with a positive test for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 which include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
In the event that a staff member or preschool child develop symptoms of COVID-19, the individual will be relocated to the designated isolation room located in the Northwest Entrance until they are able to be transported to their home or healthcare provider.
Anyone attending to the symptomatic person is required to use enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) protection. This includes face mask with eye shield, gown, gloves, and hair cover.
If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, church administration will immediately contact the Ingham County Health Department to report the illness and for the latest response directive for our area.
If a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 and it is determined to be a workplace related illness according to MIOSHA regulations, the illness will be reported on Form 300 and 301A as required.
Spaces occupied by the individual will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours and will be disinfected prior to reopening.
Anyone that came into contact with the potentially infected individual (<6 feet for a prolonged period of time) in the past two days, will immediately be notified of exposure by phone and email. The potentially infected individual will remain anonymous.
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms that were sent home, may return to work under the following conditions:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Save the date for the 4th Annual Henry & Annabel Larzelere Memorial Lecture Series
Sunday, October 25, 2020 • Virtual • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Christian Citizenship in 2020
Featuring Amanda Tyler
Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
In preparation for this event, you're invited to read the book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, by Katherin Stewart.
Jesus’s teaching to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s is particularly relevant in this election season like no other. How do we maintain our dual citizenship in God’s kingdom and the United States of America without losing our prophetic voice in the process? What is "Christian nationalism" and how is it showing up in ways that are harmful to both Christianity and our national unity? Amanda Tyler gives some practical advice about ways the church can be engaged in nonpartisan ways in the electoral process and raise a voice of reason and challenge, standing up for our core values and the equality of our neighbors, no matter their religious identity or political party.
To Join the Presentation:
You are invited to join this virtual presentation via Zoom by launching the Zoom app and entering the meeting ID: 896 0035 7859 and entering the password BJC.
Amanda Tyler Bio:
Amanda Tyler is the executive director of BJC in Washington, D.C. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.
Tyler often speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings, and she provides commentary on church-state issues to the national media. A member of the Texas and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, she has experience working in Congress, in a private legal practice and serving as a law clerk for a federal judge.
Called a “powerful advocate” and “rising star in the sector” by The Nonprofit Times, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2018. She was named “Baptist of the Year” by EthicsDaily.com in 2019 for her work leading the “Christians Against Christian Nationalism” campaign.
A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas School of Law, Tyler previously served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Tyler grew up hearing about the cherished Baptist principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state in her Baptist church in Austin, Texas, and she first sought out the organization 20 years ago when she moved to D.C. to attend college. She first served on BJC’s staff as assistant to the general counsel from 1999-2001, which included coordinating the broad coalition in support of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
A member of First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., she lives in the city with her husband and their son. You can follow her on Twitter: @AmandaTylerBJC
Founded in 1936, Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) is a national faith-based organization whose singular focus is the protection of religious liberty, furthering the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government. They are the only faith-based group working on a national level to ensure that every American has the right to follow his or her religious beliefs.