COVID-19

5/29/2020 Update

We plan to resume in-person services on June 7th.

We are excited about the opportunity to worship together again and currently plan to resume in-person services on June 7th. To offer a safe and welcoming worship experience we will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health.

  1. We have reconfigured seating in the auditorium to give enough room for physical distancing by
    1. removing every other row and staggering the middle and side sections,
    2. providing overflow seating and live video in the Family Life Center,
    3. continuing to live stream our services for those worshiping from home and to continue streaming even after the restrictions are lifted,
    4. encouraging those 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions to wait until at least June 21st before attending in-person services, and
    5. encouraging those not comfortable worshiping in large settings to worship from home.
  2. We are also making the following changes to provide a non-contact service:
    1. entry doors will remain open throughout the morning,
    2. greeters will be available to answer questions, but will be instructed to stand at least 6 feet away to promote physical distancing,
    3. pre-packaged communion will be available for you to pick up on your way in, with waste bins available at the exits,
    4. digital programs will be sent by email and posted on the website,
    5. containers for offering will be at the exits in addition to our online giving options,
    6. disinfecting surfaces between services, and
    7. suspending children's programming through June.
  3. Additionally, we are asking everyone who attends to:
    1. wear a mask when entering, exiting, or moving about the building. Masks may be removed during the service. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one (while supplies last).
    2. avoid handshakes and hugging,
    3. fill the auditorium from the front (near the stage) to the back,
    4. keep three seats between your household and others to promote physical distancing,
    5. leave only when dismissed, since we will dismiss by sections, and
    6. wait until you are outside before having extended conversations.

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To better understand the reasons behind the various steps we are taking, please check out Byron's interview with Dr. Tim Burrell, MD, MBA.

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5/28/2020 Update on VBS 2020

After careful consideration, we have decided to not hold an in-person VBS this summer.

We know that this is a disappointing decision for many, but we think it is best for our kids and volunteers. We have considered the CDC's guidelines for social distancing and safety for events like VBS and decided that we cannot put on the quality VBS we have all come to expect while also keeping our kids and volunteers safe during this time.

As an alternative to in-person VBS, we will be offering a digital version. Liz Edgeman, Matt Davis, and several others will record lessons and music so that we can still enjoy learning together. We will also have craft bags available to pick up so that your kids can still participate at home. If you would like to reserve craft bags, please email Matt at mattd@ellettsvillecc.com so he can make sure you get one.

5/24/2020 Online Service

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5/2/2020 Update

We will not be resuming in-person services until at least after May 15th

ECC Family,

Like many of you, the ECC Elders and Staff were eager to hear Governor Holcomb's plan for phasing out the “stay at home” order that was put in place back in March. We have been working on contingent plans for resuming in-person services, so we were looking forward to getting specific information on timelines and physical-distancing requirements.

Not long after the Governor's plan was revealed, we learned that the Monroe County Commissioners are keeping the current “stay at home” order in place through at least May 15th. This means we will not be resuming in-person services until after that date.

Please know that we have been developing plans that will allow us to gather as safely as possible within the parameters set forth for public health concerns. Once we finalize these in accordance with state and local guidelines we will pass them along so you can be prepared for when we gather together again in-person.

In the meantime, please keep the ECC leadership in your prayers, continue to join us online, and keep loving and encouraging one another. Thank you for your faithfulness and patience during this challenging season.

In Christ,
Byron Williams

Community Assistance & Volunteer Opportunities

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4/3/2020 Update

In light of the Governor's extension of the public heath emergency, we will continue to hold services online.

3/14/2020 Update

We have decided to cancel our in-person gatherings on Sundays through the end of March.

ECC Family,

In light of the current CDC guidelines and the Governor's recent declaration, we have decided to cancel our in-person gatherings on Sundays through the end of March, beginning tomorrow, March 15. This includes Sunday morning worship and classes as well as Sunday evening Youth Group.

Tomorrow we will post the next message in our series on our website and social media. We will also send a link by email. We encourage you to make time to gather your family and watch it together. In the following Sundays we hope to stream the service at a set time so we can worship together, even if we are not in the same room.

We invite our small groups to continue to meet, but each group should consider the age and health concerns of their members and plan accordingly.

For many of us this time and these measures are unprecedented. However, it's helpful to remember that the early church had times when large group gatherings were either difficult or impractical. In those times the church continued to care for one another. We encourage you to check on the people in your circle and make sure they have what they need. Be sensitive to practical needs that you can help with. Let love lead.

To help us maintain a sense of connection we will also be sending out devotional messages throughout the week.

Please send us your prayer requests so they can be shared with staff and elders. You can do this by sending a message to office@ellettsvillecc.com or by calling 812-876-6500. You can also contact any of the elders and staff directly on our staff page.

Even though we are not meeting in-person during this time, various ministries of the church will continue and you can support them financially by giving online, mailing in your offering, or bringing it by the church office.

As we're sure you've become aware, this is an ongoing and evolving situation, not only for our community, but our nation and world. At such times we can practice the faith-filled virtues of grace, patience, discernment and generosity.

As new developments arise, we will provide new information. Thank you for your prayerful support.

Please feel free to make sure your ECC friends are aware of this information.

ECC Elders

3/12/2020 Announcement

ECC Family,

In light of the growing concerns over COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the coronavirus, we want to make you aware of ECC's current response.

Beginning this Sunday, and for as long as is prudent, we are going to take the following steps:

In addition to our normal weekly cleaning regimen, between our morning services, we will be wiping key facility areas, including oft-used door handles and our children's areas.

We've added hand sanitizing stations around our building for your use. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best precautions you can take to prevent the spread of any virus. When handwashing is not possible, hand sanitizers are the recommended alternative.

Rather than passing communion and offering plates, we will utilize four different “stations” where each of us can take communion and place our offering. If mobilization is difficult for you, please raise your hand and a server will bring the plates to you.

Please don't feel compelled to shake hands. An “air high-five” will let people know you are glad to see them.

If you or a loved one is feeling ill, take the morning to rest, seek medical advice if warranted, and watch the message online when it is available.

If you are at increased risk for complications from this and other viruses, due to age or health concerns, please use your best judgment in deciding if you will attend our services. There is no lack of faith in deciding to protect your health in these uncertain times.

Of course, no system is perfect, so as with any cold and flu season, we encourage you to continue these “common sense” guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough or sneeze in the bend of your elbow (“cough in the crook”)
  • Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
  • Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick.

As a church body, let's continue to pray for all who have been impacted by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.

We will continue to monitor this changing situation and look to those in our leadership who have experience in the medical and public safety fields for input and guidance and will adjust our protocols and plans as necessary.

During this time of international health concern, followers of Jesus can exercise caution while resisting fear. We should strive to be guided by informed discretion, love for others, and trust in our Lord. As God said through the prophet Isaiah:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10

Byron Williams
Sr. Minister
Ellettsville Christian Church

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