What’s Happening

THIS WEEK (Twelve) of pandemic restrictions 
MONDAY June 1      
Ministry & Oversight Zoom meeting, 7:00 PM
–Intercession Salad supper, 5:30 PM @ parsonage
SUNDAY June 7    
–No gathering for worship or Sunday School
                          –M&O requests that you sit together with family in worship where you live, 10-11 AM;
                              if possible, join the 10:00 AM Zoom meeting for worship-sharing by computer or phone
BULLETIN BOARD for JUNE 2 (after Sunday May 31), 2020
CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS/RESPONSES:  The Ministry & Oversight met by video-conference on June 1 to discuss the current status of the pandemic and to discern God’s leading for Winchester Friends’ ministries and services in the coming weeks.  All agreed that we deeply miss the opportunity to be together in the same place for worship, music, instruction, and fellowship. They began by considering COVID statistical trends, reviewing the Indiana governor’s reopening guidelines, discussing our Meeting’s unique demographics (ages, health, etc.), and hearing how other area organizations and businesses are proceeding towards reopening. 
They also spent significant time looking through health and insurance authorities’ checklists of recommended measures for preventing infection when in-person gatherings resume (facemasks, hand sanitizers, body temperature checks, symptom surveys, controlled entrances and exits, elimination of contact greetings, distanced seating, limited if any singing, sanitizing of all touched surfaces, elimination of refreshments, etc.).  And they discussed the equipment and technical upgrades that would be needed to broadcast in-person services to the internet for Friends who feel they cannot attend.
At the end of that discussion, the sense of M&O’s meeting was that Winchester Friends should begin taking thoughtful steps to put many of those measures in place while, out of caution for our older Friends, continuing to hold online meetings for worship-sharing (utilizing Zoom video/phone conferencing) at 10:00 AM each Sunday.  M&O will meet again on June 16 to reassess the situation and consider possible dates for resuming in-person services in the meetinghouse.
Friends are welcome to forward the Zoom invitation email to friends to invite them to join us in online worship.  
EARLY-JUNE BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES:  4- Val Pearson;  5- Ellen Craig, Michele Lilly, Rob Pearson;   9- Tom Knoll;  11- Judy & Keith Kendall12- Sharon & Terry Reynard14- Marsha & Tony Kritsch, Deborah Lilly
THE MAY AND JUNE FRIENDLY REMINDER newsletters will be combined into one issue, hopefully to be distributed soon. If you have announcements or news to share with Friends, please send it to the church office.
Winchester Friends Church        winchesterfriends@juno.com
124 E Washington     Winchester IN 47394     765-584-8276