A Message of Love to All Our Neighbors
UPDATE - August 15, 2021
Dear Beechmont PC Family:
In recent days and weeks, the COVID-19 Pandemic has not diminished as hoped and is rapidly changing. With deep concern, session met to discuss these recent developments and the fact that Jefferson County has now re-entered the Red Zone for number of COVID-19 cases. BPC's existing Reopening Strategy was evaluated, and much prayerful and intentional discussion followed.
There has been a recent uptick in the number of cases; hospitalizations and a more contagious delta variant has taken a foothold to become the dominant strain in IN, KY & Jefferson County.
Jefferson County and most of the state of Kentucky are now in the Red Category for number of cases. Less than half of our city is fully vaccinated.
The Positivity Rate is climbing daily to levels not seen since last year.
As children return to in-person school, the vast majority has not had access to the vaccine or have not been vaccinated, which may result in more infections and in the possible emergence of more strain variants.
The virus can be asymptomatic and unknowingly spread.
Hospital occupancy rates are running extremely high.
In light of these developments, the latest pandemic information and the rapidly rising numbers, session voted to temporarily return to Virtual Only Worship Services, effective August 15th . The Stewardship & Administration Committee, which is the group that has been designed by session to attend to Pandemic related issues, will closely monitor the status on a week to week basis and will bring forward a recommendation to resume in-person worship as soon as possible, once we come out of the red status and achieve a significant, sustained decrease in Covid-19 cases within Jefferson County.
We are grateful for our faithful church family as we look after each other during such challenging times. We pray for the health and well-being of loved-ones, friends, children who are attending school, and all of God's children. Thankfully, we have the technical ability to adapt as needs arise, and hope this will be just a short-lived change. The link will be sent out in our usual Sunday Worship email, and it will be the same that we are using for Hybrid worship.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to resuming hybrid worship as soon as we can, and we look forward to our Sunday worship together, whether in person or virtually! Remember: In Person and Online, we are ONE family of faith.
In grace & gratitude,
Session and Pastor
Beechmont Presbyterian Church
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