COVID-19 Updates

1/7/22 COVID-19 UPDATE:

The following is a message that was included in the weekly "PoP Connections" announcements email sent on 1/7/2022:

The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) reports activity of COVID-19 for Outagamie County as currently critically high.
 
Due to the rise in cases of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19, this Sunday's (Jan. 9th) in-person Worship services will implement a few changes. Of course, masks are still required, but the congregation will not be singing. In addition, we will be further socially distancing in the sanctuary by utilizing every other pew. Please sit in the pews marked with a yellow piece of paper at the end of them. We also ask that you leave immediately following the worship services.
 
This coming Tuesday, January 11th, Council will meet and discuss potentially new procedures for building usage by member and non-member small groups that meet at the church. Stay tuned next week for information on those changes and recommendations.
 
We will continue to keep you up-to-date with any changes to our Worship and Building Usage Policies and Guidelines as they relate to COVID-19 and the Omicron Variant through social media, on the PoP website, through email and during Worship service announcements. Please stay tuned, and thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this ever-evolving and seemingly relentless disease and pandemic. We WILL get through this—together and through the love and strength of our Lord!

1/7/2022


11/19/21 COVID-19 UPDATE:

The following is a NEW message from Council President, Mark Steine:

Singing is an integral part of Lutheran worship. The COVID pandemic has prevented our congregation from participating in this vital portion of worship. On Wednesday, November 2nd, a group consisting of Dean Gruner, Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer, Council Vice President, Pastor Jennifer, Pastor Roger and Mark Steine, Council President met via Zoom to discuss singing during worship. The group has developed recommendations (see table) for our congregation. The recommendations were reviewed by Church Council at their meeting on November 16th. The proposals have been adopted and we will return to masked singing at our worship service starting THIS SUNDAY—Christ the King Sunday—Nov. 21st! As communicated earlier, masking will still be required at Prince of Peace. We are still recommending social distancing and you should feel free to move about in the sanctuary to meet your level of comfort.
 
Blessings, Mark Steine, Council President

11/16/2021

8/20/21 COVID-19 UPDATE:

After Council’s meeting this week (on 8/17/21), the following guidelines and discussion points, discussed and agreed upon with the Reopening Task Force last week, are now available to you.

To reiterate what was stated in last Friday's "PoP Connections" e-blast, after the PoP Reopening Task Force’s meeting last week, the Reopening Task Force and Council are asking that all who enter Prince of Peace wear a mask. This includes all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. At this time, singing at worship services will be limited solely to worship leaders.

We understand this is very disappointing, but our first priority is the safety of all who enter our doors and to help stop the spread of this deadly virus in our community. As we all do our part in Christian love and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, hopefully we will be back to normal soon!
 
Please read the Worship Policies & Building Usage document, last updated on August 10, 2021, for more information. Note that we are currently in the RED status. 
 
In the meantime, we will continue Livestreaming our worship services for you to participate in that capacity if you so choose.
 
We will continue to keep you updated with any changes to our Worship and Building Usage Policies and guidelines as they relate to COVID-19 and the Delta variant through social media, on the PoP website, through email and in worship announcements. 

8/20/2021

8/13/21 COVID-19 UPDATE:

After the PoP Reopening Task Force’s meeting this week, the Reopening Task Force and Council are asking that all who enter Prince of Peace wear a mask. This includes all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. At this time, singing at worship services will be limited solely to worship leaders.

We understand this is very disappointing, but our first priority is the safety of all who enter our doors and to help stop the spread of this deadly virus in our community. As we all do our part in Christian love and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, hopefully we will be back to normal soon!
 
Please read the Worship Policies & Building Usage documentlast updated on August 10, 2021, for more information. Note that we are currently in the RED status. In the meantime, we will continue Livestreaming our worship services, and we will keep you updated through social media and worship announcements on any changes as they arise. 


8/13/2021

8/6/21 COVID-19 UPDATE:

In light of the rapidly spreading Delta variant and the guidance of the Appleton Health Dept. and other health officials to limit indoor gatherings, we are strongly recommending that all worshippers on Sunday, Aug. 8th wear a face mask and observe distancing and handwashing practices. This is encouraged even if one is vaccinated. We will be modifying our hymn-singing too. As Christians, our first priority is to love and care for our neighbors, as we care for ourselves and in that spirit we must lovingly proceed.

This upcoming week, our faith leaders will gather to determine our future plans. We will post our recommendations, as soon as they are determined, on our social media platforms and website. Let us continue in prayer for all those who are working to keep us safe and struggling with this highly contagious virus.

In Christ's Love,
Mark Steine, Council President
Pastor Jennifer and Pastor Roger

8/6/2021


Quick Links
PoP Reopening FAQs sheet (updated 5/20/21)
CDC Revised COVID-19 Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People (updated 5/28/21)
CDC "Choosing Safer Activities" Guide
WI Department of Health Services COVID-19 Data Pages
Guidance for Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in the Context of Varying Community Transmission Levels and Vaccination Coverage