January 4th 2022
This week the town of Norfolk informed us that based on the concerns of increased prevalence of Omicron they are recommending that masks be implemented for all social gatherings. We understand there are differing opinions on this matter. However, as the Apostle Paul states in Romans 13, we are to submit to governing authorities when matters of doctrine are not involved.
We respect the complexity of the issue. However, based on loving our neighbor we want to provide an atmosphere of worship for those whose health has increased concern. Starting this Sunday, along with the town of Norfolk, we are requesting that masks be used while in the building.
- The Elders
Greetings Emmanuel and Visitors,
Earlier this month the Governor’s Office in response to increased Vaccinations, and the CDC’s revisions on Covid 19 safety protocols has issued New Guidelines expected to go into effect May 29th, 2021.
“Effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. Except for remaining face covering
requirements for public and private transportation systems, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% FOR ALL INDUSTRIES. The gathering limits will be rescinded.”
“In line with updated CDC face covering guidance, the Administration will rescind the current face covering order and issue a new face coving advisory effective May 29.”
“Non-Vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue social distancing in most settings. The advisory will also recommend fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for certain situations.”
This is great news for Emmanuel.
This new advisory allows us to make the following changes:
- Fully Vaccinated people will no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing.
- Unvaccinated people are advised to continue to wear masks indoors, and social distance.
- The limited use restrictions of our Campus are no longer in effect, all areas of Emmanuel can be utilized without capacity limits. This will open-up full seating in the sanctuary and overflow, and allow use of all classrooms, and other facilities.
We expect to start implementation of these new protocols on Sunday May 30th.
Please come and celebrate God’s goodness with us and rejoice in His Grace.
Please contact the church office if you have any questions.