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In this post, we address the Governor’s Order, the In-Person Plan, and Keeping Unity during this time of reopening Eagle LifeChurch.
AUGUST 16, 2020 will be CHURCH@HOME ONLINE ONLY. There will not be an in-person worship service.SEAT(S) RESERVATION ~ I am coming this Sunday
NEW MASK MANDATE
Every person is required to wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and others are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.Central District Health (https://cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/cd/Coronavirus/Order/CDH%20Quarantine%20and%20Restriction%20Order%2007-14-20%20Final.pdf)
This order has caused us to evaluate what we will do as a church. It’s not easy to make decisions for the congregation during this season. The variety of opinions in our congregation ranges from one end to the other. Therefore, we trust you to make an informed decision and follow the order as appropriate.
Here are some answers to questions you may have.
What does the new order mean for Eagle LifeChurch?
The face covering mandate applies to situations where physical distancing “cannot be maintained.” We have made every precaution to ensure that social distancing is possible at Eagle LifeChurch. The seating in the Worship Center is set up for 6-foot physical distancing, surfaces are sanitized, and hygiene is maintained.
Additionally, the new order restricts gatherings of more than 50. Therefore, we need you to reserve your seat(s) so we know who is planning to come. If we reach more than 50, we will consider adding another option.
We will not let this pandemic, mask orders, or illness divide God’s church and distract us from His mission.
What about exemptions?
You and your doctor are best positioned to decide what is appropriate for your medical circumstance. The Central District Health order (link) provides for a few exemptions to the mask mandate – medical, persons who would be at risk in their work, hearing impaired or those caring for hearing impaired, eating and drinking, and those receiving a service to nose, mouth, or face.
According to the CDH order,
A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.Central District Health (https://cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/cd/Coronavirus/Order/CDH%20Quarantine%20and%20Restriction%20Order%2007-14-20%20Final.pdf)
Therefore, if you are not wearing a face covering, we will all assume that you are exempt, and you will not be questioned. We understand that there are a variety of circumstances that effect each of you differently so we will have mutual respect and honor for one another.
What if I am not exempt?
We will continue to worship in-person this Sunday for those who wish to come. Please follow the CDH order as appropriate and consult your doctor if you may need to be exempt for medical reasons. If you are not wearing a mask we will all assume you are exempt for medical or other reasons.
We will continue to provide bright yellow smiley face stickers for those who want to let others know that they only want SMILES AND WAVES. If you see someone with a smiley face sticker, please do not enter their space, shake their hand, or give them a hug.
What if I am uncomfortable coming to church in-person?
We understand. Your physical health and personal decision are honored. We will continue to provide live streaming of Church@Home. Join us online, Sunday at 10:20am, http://Facebook.com/EagleLifeChurch/Live.
Reserve Your Seat(s)
Please reserve your seat(s) below so that we ensure we do not violate the total number of those who can be inside with social distancing (see details below). If you want the form to autocomplete text “ATTEND” to (208) 352-6002.
Only one person per household should make a reservation so there aren’t duplicate reservations.
If you are unable to attend because of personal or professional reasons, we will offer an online worship experience here. You do not need to reserve a seat for online worship.
Please reserve your seat(s) if you are coming in-person.SEAT(S) RESERVATION ~ I am coming this Sunday