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I hope this letter finds you well as we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. We are living through one of the most challenging eras of our lifetime in a world that has been stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our church community has not been immune to the effects of the pandemic either, and we all look forward to the day when we can look back and say that we have overcome this pandemic.
My hope and dream for Karmel is that we would be a place of fellowship where people can come and feel safe growing in their relationship with Jesus and each other. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have had to implement several changes in our programming to foster a safe environment of faith development while maintaining interpersonal relationships, stretching our leadership and those we lead. The recent surge in our community has caused a growing concern in my own heart and mind that unless we continue to adapt, we will no longer remain a safe place of worship. As a community of faith we should be setting the greatest example of being able to change in order to care for and protect one another’s physical health in this place where we worship.
Because this is our commitment, the Church Board has decided to make the following changes for all individuals who choose to attend any KCC program, function, or gathering.
1. All individuals must wear masks in a manner consistent with state and local regulations.
2. Individuals who have legitimate health reasons that prohibit them from wearing a mask are not required to do so. Children under the age of five are also exempt.
3. Individuals who develop symptoms within 48 hours of attending a KCC function or program must notify KCC staff for the purpose of contact tracing. Confidentiality concerning personal details will be maintained.
4. Individuals who develop symptoms or who are exposed to those who develop symptoms must follow the “KCC Wellness Policy” in order to return.
When I think about celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family this year it will be different. We will have to Zoom in to see each other this year, but if that is what it takes to have more Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations together as a family, I am willing to do it. I am willing to do what we have to do to so we can continue to be together, and my prayer is that this would be the same for all of us.
These changes are in effect for the next month, at which time the Church Board will review them. When the community at large, especially our health care facilities, begin to show improvements, we will be able to return to the way things were. I look forward to the day when this pandemic is behind us and we can say that we did all we could to make KCC the safest place to be for anyone who wanted to worship with us.
WHO WE ARE
Karmel Covenant Church is a vibrant, multi-generational congregation located in rural Princeton, Minnesota. Founded in 1885, we are a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, an evangelical Christian denomination of more than 800 congregations in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents.
Each Sunday, people of all ages gather at Karmel to build relationships and learn more about their faith. Come for a visit, we'd love to meet you.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES ARE DISCONTINUTED CURRENTLY DUE TO COVID-19
Ample parking is available, and handicapped spaces are in close proximity to the church entrance.
Masks are available along with hand sanitizer. For the safety of our attenders, please remember to practice social distancing guidelines. To review Karmel's Wellness Plan click HERE.
WHAT TIME IS THE SERVICE ON SUNDAY?
Morning worship begins at 10:00 AM. As mentioned above, you may join us for our outside services, on the radio at 98.3 FM or on Facebook Live.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
There is no dress code at Karmel Covenant Church! You will find some folks who dress up, and others who are dressed casually. We believe the important thing is you are here.
WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC IS INCLUDED IN WORSHIP?
Karmel's Sunday morning worship service features a blend of modern praise songs and timeless hymns.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN?
We ask that children remain with their families during worship service. There are no current nursery or child care services available during worship because of COVID-19.
CAN CHILDREN TAKE PART IN COMMUNION?
Anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior may take communion. We leave it up to the parents to determine when it is appropriate for their children to participate.
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