9/16: A Trial Run — In-Person Worship During COVID-19

Dear LAC Family,
I hope you are doing well and staying healthy in these early days of back-to-school. We continue to be vigilant about the incursion of COVID-19 in our community. With great care we managed a socially distanced meet and greet for Ekama Eni last Sunday. The small number of participants helped make the event participants feel safer despite the risk of gathering indoors. Our safety monitor volunteers were able to limit the number of people in Russell Hall to 20 people at all times.
Livestream of Worship. This Sunday we will try worshipping in the Sanctuary in-person under our Session-approved safety guidelines, and will permit only up to 50 people to be present in the Sanctuary. We will also livestream the service with a new broadcast platform found on our website: www.lacny.org. You can watch worship from home here [LINK].
In-Person Worship. In order to attend worship on Sunday, you must reserve a place here [LINKby 12:00 p.m. on Friday, be in good health, and free from quarantine restrictions. Please wear your mask at all times inside the church and while in line outside. We encourage everyone to come by 9:40 a.m. in order to be greeted by our safety monitors who will conduct a wellness survey, temperature check, and contact tracing register. We ask that you not use the LAC bathrooms, unless for emergencies, so please plan ahead. After worship, ushers will direct people to exit by rows, closest to the Larchmont Avenue doors exiting first. I will host a virtual zoom coffee hour at 11 a.m. for everyone who attended, virtually or in-person.
Sunday School for our youngest members will commence virtually this Sunday, September 20th via Zoom. Classes will meet every other week.
PreK-1st Graders: 11:30 a.m. -11:55 a.m.
2nd – 3rd Graders: 12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
4th – 5th  Graders: 12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
The meeting schedule is on the church website. For the alternating weeks where we do not meet via Zoom, there will be a short video lesson posted on the Sunday School section of the  redesigned church website. Please register HERE [LINK] so we can send you the login details. We look forward to learning with you!
SHIFT and TGIF will have a joint youth kickoff event on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6-7:30 p.m. on the Manse deck. There will be pizza, music, and fun socially distanced shenanigans as Ekama Eni will get to meet all of you and we finish up our planning for this calendar year. If you are a youth or a parent of a youth and you have not yet, please fill out this form [LINK] to aid us in our planning for the year! Questions? Contact Ekama Eni at eeni@lacny.org for more details.
At the end of the month, Session will assess the worship experience and interest level of the congregation of in-person worship to determine if we continue in-person or go back to on-line worship for October.
Yours in Christ,
Interim Pastor, Larchmont Avenue Church

9/9/2020: Meet & Greet, Mission, Bells, and More!

Dear LAC Family:
Welcome back! I hope you all have had relaxing summer breaks, peaceful time for reflection, and good health over these last three months.
This Sunday, September 13th, we will test out a limited gathering in Russell Hall of people who sign-up to participate in our in-person fellowship walk following an online worship service. Participants should all be in good health, follow safety protocols, and be prepared for a wellness survey, contact tracing, temperature check, social distancing, and mask-wearing at all times.
Once inside, we proceed along a straight diagonal line – entering Russell hall and exiting at Wendt Avenue. There will not be time to linger for long. The doors and windows will be open and we encourage people to keep moving. No seating or refreshment will be provided.
Small groups of individuals who have reserved a time slot at the event will have a few minutes at each of three tables. These tables are places to 1) meet our new Interim Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Ekama Eni, 2) sign up for hand bell choir with Douglas Kostner, and 3) learn about and join a petition to provide counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction through a High School study initiative led by Caitlyn Carpenter and some of her classmates.
To attend, you must reserve a space, and a time slot, through our online sign-up system. Only three households will be permitted inside the building within any of our 15-minute time slots. Registration will close this Friday, September 11th, at 3:00 p.m., and then confirm your time slot via email. Spaces are limited, so please reserve a spot now at the following link: [LINK].
We will Livestream the event on Facebook for those who cannot attend. Many thanks to Leigh Anne Smith for organizing this event, to Ernest Wong and Angie Liessl for providing the safety monitor guidelines and crew for their implementation, and to all of our staff who have worked hard to make our space clean and safe for this trial run.
Wishing you God’s Peace as the new program year unfolds!
In God’s Love,
Interim Pastor, Larchmont Avenue ChurchMeet & Greet Event September 13, 2020 at 11 am

9/2/2020: Safe Return to In-Person Worship

As we prepare for our return to in-person church worship, we will be following the safety guidelines adopted by Session last month. You can read them here [LINK].
The Safety Guidelines require making reservations to attend in-person church (livestreaming will always be offered), and practicing social distancing, mask wearing, and good hand hygiene. They also require safety monitors to assist with safe entry into the building. This safety monitor role requires five (5) congregant volunteers each Sunday to: maintain a socially distanced entry line to the church, conduct a temperature check, a wellness survey, and collect worshipper information for contact tracing, administer hand sanitizer to all who enter, and lead worshippers to designated spaces in the pews.
If you are willing to serve as a safety monitor/usher, please sign up here [LINK] and indicate which Sundays you can serve.
We do not recommend people over age 60, or anyone with health conditions that increase vulnerability to COVID-19, participate in-person as a safety monitor or worshipping congregant. We will livestream all worship services so you can participate online each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at www.lacny.org.
Be safe, and stay well.
In God’s Love,
Interim Pastor, Larchmont Avenue Church