Covid 19 Updates


 


 

Update Thursday, May 28, 2020

Re-opening Plan for June 2020

1.      When are we reopening?
We plan to begin in-person Worship Services on June 14, at 10:30am.

2.      Will we livestream and record our services?                                                                                                         
 YES!!!! We are excited to continue to stream our services through Facebook Live into the foreseeable future. We recognize that while worshiping in-person is best, there are those for a variety of reasons unable to attend.   To find our services search Prairie Lane Christian Reformed Church in the Facebook search que or find it on our website at www.omahacrc.org/. Scroll down to find and click on “PLC on Facebook.”
 

3.      Who should ​not​ come to church when we begin meeting in person?      
For the safety of others, we ask that you not attend if you or any member of your family has had a fever in the past 72 hours, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you don’t feel well. For your personal safety, we also recommend you stay home if you are at risk for serious complications should you contract COVID-19. (For more information see ​DHHS Guidelines, http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Guidelines-for-the-Conduct-of-Faith-Based-Services.pdf. 

4.      Before you arrive - How the church will prepare for your arrival on Sunday
In preparation for Sunday, we will sanitize door handles and restrooms. The nursery, classrooms, and office will be closed on Sundays. In the basement, access will be restricted to the restrooms (which will be open). Hand sanitizer will be available at entrances and other high-touch areas. Masks are strongly recommended. We encourage you to bring your own mask, however we will also have masks available at church if you would like one.  We realize that masks are awkward and potentially political which is not our intent.  With so much uncertain and changing information on the Covid-19 virus, we feel wearing masks is the best way we can gather and yet love our neighbor at the same time until we know more.  This is true especially while we sing.  We encourage you to read Steve Bezner’s article for a good perspective on how singing with masks is a loving gesture in a time when information on the virus keeps changing. https://www.stevebezner.com/writings/qq0sgurp3499u1l6lp9g87kikld1fo

5.      When you arrive
We ask everyone to enter and proceed directly to the Worship Center to find a seat. We want to avoid lingering in the Fellowship Hall if possible. When you arrive, Council members will open doors so no one will need to touch door handles. If you do touch door handles we encourage you to use hand sanitizer. Council members will give directions and answer any questions. You’ll be asked to adhere to 6-foot worshiping from other household groups (that is, people who live in the same home, whether families, couples or singles). Feel free to adjust chairs in the Worship Center so we can keep our 6-foot worship between household groups yet achieve our maximum seating capacity.  Because everyone will be seated far apart, our seating capacity in the sanctuary will only be around 100 persons. We hope to have everyone able to worship together!

6.      During the Service
To prevent the spread of disease, we will not have a traditional greeting time or pass offering bags – offering will continue to be taken via the GivePlus app, however the small church model in the back of the Worship Center will be used as an offering box for non-electronic gifts so that you can give your offering as you leave the service.  NO bags will be passed!  Also, everyone is encouraged to bring your own Bibles for personal usage.  Scripture will also be on the screens for you to follow along.  Finally, our greeting time will be fluid.  To maintain community with those restricted from attending in person, cell phone usage will be encouraged to welcome and stay connected with those worshipping virtually.  Please keep your phones on silent, without using PLC data as it may interfere with the live streaming of the service. 

7.      As you leave
At the conclusion of the service, Pastor or a Council member will dismiss you row by row. As you exit, we ask that you please stay 6-feet from other household groups until you are outside. If you want to fellowship, please do so outside or into the parking lot so you won’t block the entrance. Just be wary of parking lot safety and blocking traffic. Of course, maintain 6-feet distance when fellowshiping. There will be no coffee or food served before or after the service. We ask that parents keep their children with you at all times.

8.      What will church worship be like?
The focus will be on Jesus. Yet, we will practice 6-ft worshiping.  We will ask you to enter the Worship Center and find the seat you are comfortable in. Please police yourself per sitting arrangements and other safety items we recommend. Ask others around you politely if you may sit 6 ft. from them or move to a location that you feel comfortable.  We understand that there are drastically different viewpoints on what is wise or acceptable during these times.  Also remember, everyone will not have the same habits during this time so we ask that as a “Family in Christ” everyone be kind, sensitive, and accepting of all who wear or do not wear protective gear. It’s a joy to meet together. For those unable to attend at this time; please continue to join us on-line and invite your friends! We have expanded our family during these months and hope to continue as we engage people from many places and nations!

9.      What about Pathfinders or other small groups? 
We will adhere to DHHS guidelines which continue to hold a 10-person rule and restrict re-opening only to public worship services.  Small groups are encouraged to continue meeting via Zoom or at homes. 
 

10.   How long will this last?
In time, we will be able to relax these restrictions. Things will eventually get back to normal! In the meantime, we ask everyone to be patient and to follow directions for your safety and the safety of others.

You may find our strategy flawed, and the reasoning of the Council insufficient. But please know we have prayed and wrestled through this a great deal. We will review our strategy month by month, and we reserve the right to change our minds as more data comes out, but as of today, this seems to be our wisest move to love and protect the Body. 

We are incredibly excited about being together again. If you have any questions on how to give on-line or find our Facebook videos, please or have concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

--PLC Council




Update Friday, March 20, 2020:
Due to new directives from City, State and Federal sources, Prairie Lane Church has made the difficult decision to close its building to all physical gatherings. We know this may be a hardship, but hope all will understand why.  It is our fervent prayer that this crisis passes quickly and that we can all get back to normalcy soon. Please check back for opening dates.


UPDATED Wed, March 17, 2020
We praise God for His ongoing presence in the midst of our cultural chaos.  Indeed, God is good, and He has not left us; rather we will see His glory.  In our ever rapidly changing context, council is again adjusting our Sunday Worship and weekly activities to comply with Federal CDC regulations.

  • PLC will maintain its Sunday presence via Facebook Live.  We will forgo gathering together physically, instead we will continue to gather together virtually for worship and the Word.  Pastor Chad will continue in his series on Habakkuk.
     
  • Council strongly encourages PLC sponsored groups like Daybreak, Friday Morning Men’s study and Pathfinders to not meet until the 10 person ban is lifted.  Rather take advantage of the blessings of cell phones to connect with each other regularly for encouragement and prayer.
     
  • Council will continue to brainstorm ways of building community.  Right now we are exploring mid-week Bible studies utilizing Facebook live and the chat feature
     
  • Offering will continue to be collected electronically.  Deacons continue to recommend the “Give+app", and you can find more info on our website here.  You can also mail your offerings to the church office at: 3111 S 119th St, Omaha, NE, 68144. 
     
  • As the speed of our world picks up, and anxiety increases, may we be the calmest people in the room knowing that if God is for us, who can be against us? As God calls us to walk this path may we do so remembering our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.   

 

PLC response to Corona virus (3/15/20)

   First and foremost, as believers in Jesus Christ we trust that God is sovereign and in control of all things.  We trust that God is good and that His goodness and control never cease.  Second, we want to be absolutely sure we are being logical and caring in our response; not overreacting nor under reacting to what is happening around us.  In light of that, council is implementing a few adjustments to our Sunday worship service.  Please note that we will be continuing to monitor the situation and do our best to communicate updates. 

  • Announcements will be made weekly after God's Greeting that our Mutual Greeting is non-physical.  A wave or verbal greetings being sufficient. 
  • Offerings will be announced at the end of the service.  Deacons or offering boxes will be placed in the back for people to give as they leave. 
  • Greeters and Ushers will move to the North and South entrances to stand and open doors before the service to help avoid touching door handles. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed towards the front of the aisle for individuals to clean their hands before taking communion.  Elders preparing communion will be required to sanitize themselves, and potentially, with gloves on, hand out the bread to those coming forward.   Elders willl relieve themselves of duty if they feel they are at risk. 
  • Leadership  encourages DISCERNMENT BY ALL.  If you feel sick, or have a child that may be sick we are encouraging you to stay home for the sake of protecting others.  Things like Coffee, Sunday School, Nursery and Children's Worship will continue as optional as long as we look out for one another.  Please err on the side of caution in these areas following the CDC's guidelines. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.   Live streaming services and podcasting, mentioned above, have been expedited in development so those self quarantined or those second guessing their health can stay connected in a safe way. 

    As believers in Jesus, we are called to not be anxious about anything.  But with prayer and thanksgiving release our cares to Christ.  Likewise, we are called to give an answer for the hope that frees us from our anxiety.  So may we as a FAMILY IN CHRIST see these next few days, weeks, and months as opportunities to share the confidence we have in Christ.  May we be peacemakers in a world of tension. Remembering the fact that Jesus is still on the throne, He is still our Lord and Savior. 

Covid-19 UPDATE