As you may know, President Biden lifted the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11,2023. As a result,
starting June 1, masks on Israel’s properties and social distancing are optional, and pre-registration for morning worship is
strongly encouraged. All three measures were required heretofore.
Make no mistake about it, though: COVID-19 is still a dangerous disease which people are contracting, being hospitalized
for and, unfortunately, still are succumbing to. Therefore, we continue to ask those who are ill or immunocompromised to
worship with us virtually via Facebook Live or Zoom. We also ask that in-person worshippers continue to register in advance
or onsite so that contract-tracing can commence in the event of a positive COVID-19 case at our church.
To put a finer point on it, the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols does not mean that we will return to “business as usual.”
We will remain vigilant and revisit our policies as new information becomes available – and strongly encourage everyone
in our church family and extended family to stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. Further, asthe2023-
24 First District theme suggests, “The Church is Moving On.” We will do this by continuing to reimagine, re-envision and
transition from our former ways to the next that God has promised and is preparing for us according to Isaiah 43: I 8- 19.