Dear Siblings in Christ,

The new CDC update recommends both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors. We are also hearing more and more about the impact of the Delta variant in our country and locally. The Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) reports that we have a 10.5 percent positivity rate in the RAHD area as of August 10, 2021. One month ago our local area percent positivity rate was much lower at 2.5%. In light of the new recommendations from the CDC and the local percent positivity rate, Council passed the following motion at last night’s meeting.

If the percent positivity rate in Rappahannock Area Health District is equal to or exceeds 10%, masks will be required in the church building and for indoors in-person ministry activities of the congregation for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals 5 years of age and older.

Out of a strong hope to continue gathering in-person for worship and ministry activities, to move back to two worship services at 9 and 11 with Holy Communion on Sundays and begin in-person Sunday School in September, and continue with the many outreach, education, and fellowship ministries of the congregation, masks are required when inside the church building and for indoors in-person ministry activities of the congregation for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals 5 years of age and older until further notice. The Reopening Team meets regularly and will monitor our area numbers reported by the Rappahannock Area Health District and keep you informed of any changes to the mask policy. If you have questions or concerns, please share them with the Reopening Team by emailing office@christ-lutheran-church.org.

In Christ,

Christ Lutheran Church Council