Coronavirus Outbreak Updates

August 27, 2021
 
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul's,
 
I'm writing today to inform you that St. Paul’s is making an update to our policy about mask wearing during our weekend worship services.  Effective immediately,  we are strongly encouraging all worshippers ages 2+, to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.   I realize that this is a step backward, one that none of us wish we had to make.   We are making this update in the light of the following:
  • The CDC is now recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Orange County is currently designated a high transmission area.
  • Likewise, the California Department of Public Health now recommends that fully vaccinated people also mask in indoor public settings across California.
  •  Infection rates in Orange County have risen significantly in the last month or so and we are receiving increasing reports from St. Paul’s members that they have tested positive for Covid-19.

Please note:  this is a “strong encouragement”, not a mask mandate.  It has not been our policy to impose mandates when our public health agencies issue “recommendations.”   We are making this request out of Christian love and concern for our neighbor, and to help ensure our ability to continue to safely gather in worship.  If you unable to join us on-campus for worship, I sincerely hope you will worship with us each week via our livestream.   

 

Let’s also continue to stay encouraged and hopeful as we go through this difficult time together.  We will get through this!   The Lord is with us and will not forsake us.   

 

As always, if you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Christenson

Senior Pastor