Update from may 20:
After the CDC announced new regulations for fully vaccinated folks on May 13, 2021,
Centennial UMC at Ivy will begin phasing quicker toward Green Phase status.
See below for our new updates & how we will continue to phase
toward Green Phase in the coming weeks:
*MASKS ARE NOW OPTIONAL. In compliance with CDC guidelines and the Annual Conference recommendations, masks are optional within the building and in worship. In order to protect those with continuing vulnerabilities, we ask that adults who are not fully vaccinated wear masks and that all of us continue social distancing for now. While masks are optional, anyone who prefers to continue to mask in the building is always welcome to do so as they feel led.
*Only five pews in the sanctuary are sectioned off now for distancing. Our capacity in the sanctuary is now approx. 63 people. Two pews are open with one pew separating to help with distancing and in a few weeks, we’ll likely go back to full capacity.
*On Sunday, May 23, 2021 we will reinstate fellowship time! Servers have been identified through May and most of June, but you can sign up to serve at fellowship on the whiteboard in the narthex. Fellowship time until further notice has these restrictions:
-No full meals or potluck dishes. We will serve prepackaged or individually wrapped food items for now. (ex: cookies, mini bags of chips, crackers, brownies, small bags of popcorn, granola bars, crackers & cheese, carrots, etc. Homemade is ok if brought individually wrapped).
-Folks are welcome to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy fellowship outdoors, otherwise please sit 4 seats to a table in the fellowship hall (we will increase this number in the coming weeks).
Click here to see our updated COVID-19 phases chart as of May 20, 2021.
UPDATES FROM FEBRUARY 6:
Friends, after our most recent worship committee meeting, we have decided to begin trying in-person worshiop on Sunday mornings beginning on Sunday, February 14 at 10:30am. As you are likely aware, returning to worship will look quite different from the last time we worshipped together inside 11 months ago in March. We have certain guidelines to try and help keep us safe as we return. Please read the full set of guidelines attached to a PDF below before you decide to attend worship with us in person. Here are a few important reminders as we prepare to return:
- Ushers will begin seating you at 10:20AM and all who come to attend worship will need to be seated by an usher to help with physical distancing.
- Masks are required inside the church building (worship leaders may remove their masks during worship to sing/read/pray but will be more than 15 ft away from the first open pew when doing so).
- Worship online & on the radio in Ivy's parking lot will continue to be available.
- Our sanctuary capacity is less than half at this point. We can only seat about 36 people. If you arrive after we meet our capacity, we can seat you in the narthex or the fellowship hall, or you can worship from your car on the radio.
- Wednesday night worship will stay online for the time being. We will ccontinue to worship online and gather virtually for the near future.
- Please be patient with us! We have never done this before and we will make mistakes-- but I can't wait to begin seeing you again soon. We will try our best to gather in safe & healthy ways and we will need your help, patience, and forgiveness along the journey!
Click here to read the full guidelines.
Updates from november 20:
Bishop Laurie Haller, the Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church issued a directive to all Iowa United Methodist Churches directing all clergy and churches to cease in-person indoor activities and worship services until at least January 10, 2021 due to the rising cases of COVID-19 accross the state of Iowa.
This means, we will have no indoor events or worship services until January 10, 2021. You can join us for worship on Sundays online or on the radio in our parking lot (tune to 88.5 FM) at 10:30am. And you can join us for Worship on Wednesday at 7pm online until further notice. Follow along on our website to find our specific information for particular Advent & Christmas events.
To read the Directive and Pastoral Letter written by Bishop Haller, click here.
Updates from October 1:
Click here to find our building restrictions and regulations for all meetings and gatherings (both indoor & outdoor).
Click here to find our plans to return to indoor Sunday morning worship, beginning Sunday, October 18.
Click here to find our phased plans to return to worshipping and gathering together during this pandemic. We are currently existing in most of the recommendations from Yellow Phase 2.
Updates sent on wednesday, june 24:
It’s been over three months since we gathered for an in-person worship service in our beautiful sanctuary. I grieve the time we’ve not spent in-person worshipping and I also celebrate how creatively we have felt called to be the church throughout these months. Thank you for your continued patience, prayers, and support!
On Monday evening, I met with the church committee chairs and we looked at plans of reopening. As time moves on and much of our city reopens, we still take seriously the guidance of our Bishop Laurie Haller who has committed to placing our Wesleyan values at the forefront of her guidance for the Annual Conference. All of that being said, we will continue to worship online until further notice. We will not host in-person indoor worship services in the month of July, however, the CDC determined outdoor gatherings are less risky. As a result, we hope to plan at least one outdoor gathering again in the month of July to encourage safe fellowship. We had an outstanding gathering over ice cream on Saturday, June 20 to celebrate the first day of summer and we look forward to hosting more similar events and gatherings.
Click here for the CDC article on outdoor gatherings.
I’ll continue to meet regularly with the committee chairs to determine when the best time will be for us to return to in-person indoor worship. In our planning for reopening, we have and will continue to carefully consider the recommendations from health officials and the Iowa Annual Conference to determine how we can best safely gather. The Iowa Annual Conference recently created recommendations on phasing and the returning of worship and other gatherings. With the help of the communications committee, we are modifying these recommendations to a plan specifically for our community at Ivy. You will receive this document in the coming weeks to hopefully help you and your family consider how you plan to stay connected with our church in worship, small groups, events and gatherings, and more throughout this season.
I continue to be in prayer for you, your safety, and your health in this time. I truly believe we are all doing the best we can and I experience God’s patience, support, and comfort in the moments where I witness the grace you generously pour out for one another. Thank you for offering this gift to each other, to our world, and to God.
“The love in you--which is the Spirit in you--always somehow says yes. Love is not something you do; love is something you are. It is your True Self. Love is where you came from and love is where you’re going. It’s not something you can buy. It’s not something you can attain. It’s the presence of God within you, called the Holy Spirit or what some theologians name uncreated grace.”
Pastor Dani Musselman
Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy