Even though we are gathering together different than normal, we are still journeying together, in-person, online or wherever we are. We look forward to traveling with you. God bless you on your way!
September 19, 2021 LIVESTREAM WORSHIP
Sermon: Fixer Upper
Sermon: Be Open to Being Opened
June 15, 1931 - September 9, 2021
LIVESTREAM FUNERAL - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
VISITATION 10:30 A. M / FUNERAL AT NOON
will be held at
Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited and masks will be required in the church regardless of vaccination status. Further, due to limited seating given COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will follow with burial at Hopewell Cemetery in Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harry’s name may be made to the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, or Matthew 25 Ministries.
Online guestbook at www.strawserfuneralhome.com
COVID MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING UPDATE as of August 5, 2021
We are happy to finally worship in person and in our sanctuary, although
COVID on the rise – Again (anyone remember the movie Groundhog Day?)
Once again, COVID-19 news is front and center as new information and guidance from the CDC continues to evolve. Here is a summary of current observations and recommendations:
• The Delta variant is highly contagious and causes more severe disease.
• Fully vaccinated people are able to transmit Delta variant.
• Fully vaccinated people do need to test after exposure to someone with COVID.
• Hamilton and surrounding counties have case rates suggesting masks should be worn indoors when not at home.
• The COVID-19 vaccines are preventing hospitalization and death, but we are seeing breakthrough cases with significant symptoms.
With this rise in cases, Hamilton County is once again Orange which means "Substantial Level of Community Transmission". In an ongoing effort to be faithful to the needs (both physical and spiritual) of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Session has once again diligently gathered information and prayerfully deliberated how to respond to the current resurgence in Hamilton County. In a PC(USA) congregation, Session decides and enforces building usage and policy. We have discussed many points of view and unanimously decided to delay the implementation of July’s motion of singing and to return to previous protocols.
What this means for Blue Ash Presbyterian Church is that the Guidelines set by Session in April will go back into effect. This means: masks are required by everyone in the building (both vaccinated and unvaccinated), no congregational singing, pews will continue to be marked off and social distancing required, air will not be circulated in the building during worship, and fellowship hour will be discontinued. Sunday School and Committees may still meet in the building if everyone wears masks and maintains appropriate social distance.
No, this is not ideal. But Session has prayerfully discerned this to be the safest way for BAPC to respond at this time. We understand that there are many of you who may be upset by returning to mask wearing and a further delay to congregational singing, but we ask for you to continue to be gracious and flexible as we move forward together. While these guidelines may be an inconvenience, it is our hope that they are only temporary. It is our hope that by following these recommendations, we will minimize the extended length of this virus. This is just one way that we as Christians can love one another.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact any Session member. We will do our best to continue to keep you connected. In the meantime, please continue to pray for our world, our country, our state, our community and our church as we deal with this on-going situation.
In closing remember these words from the Deuteronomy 31:8 - "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." While we find comfort in difficult times in the familiar and “normal”, it is our hope and prayer that you will also find comfort in knowing that God is with you and will never forsake you during these difficult times.
Be Safe, Be Blessed,
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If you are wondering why we have no bulletin, here is the scoop.
The Celebration Committee has mulled it round and round and decided to forgo printing a bulletin at this time. The worship service is shorter since there is no response or singing from the congregation. Plus the bonus of saving paper, remember we are a green congregation. Please use the musical numbers as a time for meditation and enjoy the gift of music from Alan and our choir soloists. We hope you understand and support this decision.
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