COVID Update 9/29/2021
Thank you for your consistent compliance with our Covid-19 policies and procedures as we take incremental steps to safely re-launch our ministries and programs this Fall. We are continuing to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and MIOSCA.
We are asking all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to mask up while indoors at MUMC. This is especially important during Sunday morning worship, which is considered an "indoor event with high transmission" due to the duration of the indoor event and corporate singing. We will continue to ask our partners (Community Action Head Start, Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center), staff, and volunteers who are in the building on weekdays to maintain compliance.
A gentle reminder about the top 3 reasons we mask indoors:
- We, as Christians, want to uphold a communal ethic of care for our neighbor. We value the life and livelihood of others and want to protect them as much as possible from the unknown transmission of germs and a virulent strain of the virus.
- We want to protect children under age 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination.
- We want to welcome the most vulnerable members of our congregation and community who live with chronic health conditions and are undergoing treatment for cancer.
- You may notice that staff are choosing to work with their office doors closed; please knock before you enter so that we have time to mask up for your safety.
- During Wednesday evening Community Meals, we will be offering a to-go option and serving "cafeteria style" for those who wish to stay on site for the evening. We will encourage eating with your family unit and social distancing.
- Weather permitting, we will have opportunities for fellowship in the Memorial Garden and Outdoor chapel. Please join us for Blessing of the Animals and the Full Moon Pickin' Party!
COVID Update from the Covid Team 8/6/2021
COVID Update from the Covid Team 7/21/2021
We will continue to comply with CDC guidelines and MIOSHA standards.
Each ministry area and leaders are encouraged to make a plan for a safe reopening on or before September 19. This plan needs to be put in writing and turned in to Mike Ancil (email@example.com) by September 1.
Unvaccinated attendees are encouraged to please wear their masks when indoors.
We encourage everyone to consult with their medical provider about the Covid vaccine and follow their guidance.
If you are feeling sick or test positive for Covid, please stay home.
- Contact tracing is no longer required. Should you test positive for Covid, and you’ve recently been on site for any reason, please contact the church office immediately.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
- “I’m vaccinated” stickers will be available.
- Nursery will be open and staffed beginning September 19th.
- Child care workers/volunteers will be masked for the health and safety of our children who are not yet eligible for vaccination.
- Our most vulnerable are encouraged to join us virtually. Should you chose to worship in person, we encourage you to continue to practice social distancing while in the building.
- Bibles and hymnals will return to pew racks.
- The offering will be collected with a single basket in the rear of the sanctuary and the mailbox at the north entrance.
- The sacrament of Holy Communion will be served once a month, with single serve cups. We will place scissors in pews and on tables for those who need assistance.
- Refreshments can be served in the Great Room and Café. Volunteers will be asked to carefully plan for individual portions for all food and beverages that are served.
- Food and beverages can be served.
- We will continue to follow Calhoun County Health Department and Safe Serv standards.
- We will ask each event host to make a plan for serving food and socially distanced seating.
Update from MUMC's Covid Team 5/20/2021
An Update from Bishop Bard
Read our United Methodist spiritual leader's update on the COVID-19 situation and its effect on our churches here.
MUMC's Phase 4 Re-Opening Plan
The COVID Team will be meeting again next week for further updates.
Physical Changes to the building:
- Socially distanced seating
- Sanctuary capacity ~ 96
- Great Room Capacity ~ 130
- Touch-Free Hand Sanitizers
- Family Seating Areas Adapted
- Individual Worship Bags available for each child present
- Nursery is open for nurturing and fidgety kiddos, but not staffed
- Outdoor Playground is closed at this time
Cultural Changes for our Community:
- Each person/family will be asked to check-in/sign-in at the entrance
- Offer a friendly head nod - No handshakes or hugs
- BYOCoffee - No Coffee Hour or Coffee House
- No nursery staff or onsite kidz programs
- Youth group and adult small groups able to meet onsite with proper safety protocols
- Worship Music Teams are meeting on site to rehearse, with safety protocols in place
- Onsite Offering by drop box outdoors or plate/basket in rear of worship spaces. No passing the “plate.”
- Single-serving communion available
- Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated must wear masks until seated
- If singing, please place mask back on until you are no longer singing again
- Anyone fully vaccinated does not need to wear a mask
- No handing out bulletins or Connection Cards, no hymnals or Bibles provided at this time.
- Prayer Request slips and offering envelopes available in Narthex (lobby) and Great Hall.
Increased, and Re-trained, Hospitality Team:
- Parking Lot Greeter
- Ensuring families/couples/individuals enter the building with six-foot distance between each other, to avoid a cluster of people in the Welcome Center
- Main Door Greeter
- Assist with sign-in, as needed
- Offering masks to those without one
- Worship Space Usher
- Assisting households in finding appropriately distanced seating. Remaining in back throughout service to answer questions or assist, as needed
- Maximum occupancy of 2
- Please wait in hallway
- Family restroom available across from Nursery
- NO offering ushers, NO coffee house volunteers needed at this time
- MORE HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED!
- Contact Kaeli Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hospitality Coordinator, for questions
- Sign up through link provided on emailed Midweek
Covid Task Force:
Rachel Labram, Discipleship Director; Ruth Ann Holmes, Office Manager; Art Hill, Lay Leader; Mike Ancil, Leadership Council Chair; Melany Chalker, Lead Pastor
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this:
I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Update from MUMC's Covid Team
Friends and Family at MUMC
First, we want to thank all of you for your patience and support over the past 12 months. What a year it has been! We are excited to share that we are welcoming people to join us in worship on-site once again! We have plenty of space to spread out and keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have had your vaccination shots, are in a low-risk group, or are simply willing to wear your mask, socially distance, save hugs for a different day, and keep washing those hands, then plan on joining us.
Below you will find the Phase 4 Re-Opening Plan, put together by our Covid Team.
If you have any questions, please let us know.