Updated message from RMC Minister and Board of Directors

April 22, 2020

 

 

On March 11, 2020 the RMC Board of Directors issued a statement recommending swift measures in response to COVID-19. That statement encouraged all RMC congregations and associations to immediately postpone in-building church worship and activities, encourage virtual and/or electronic worship services, and follow the recommendations of local and state health organizations regarding COVID-19.

 

Since that time, the three states, 116 counties and multitude of municipalities in the Rocky Mountain Conference region have issued orders in varying degrees of severity encouraging or mandating stay at home practices to reduce the spread of this virus. As we enter the month of May, many of those state and local governments and health organizations are now adjusting their rules and recommendations.

 

In this uncertain, dynamic and fast changing environment, the RMC Board of Directors has met several times to revisit and update its guidance to our faith communities regarding COVID-19. The Board remains committed to being a proactive role model for safety and security of our congregations and communities; we will continue to monitor and offer guidance.

 

With those principles as a guide, the Board recommends that all congregations and associations continue hosting only electronic and/or virtual worship services and other activities at least through the month of May.

 
The Board encourages our membership to recognize and celebrate the new connections and creative worship practices experienced since March 11 and to continue to identify and seek solutions for the difficulties and challenges presented by restricting our physical interaction. Please contact the Conference Office (
connect@rmcucc.org) for resources to help you with sustainable practices in electronic worship and electronic commerce to support your ministries.

 

The way in which we worship has changed. The purpose of the Rocky Mountain Conference remains unchanged: to inspire, challenge, and empower generous faith and justice communities across the West.

The Council of UCC Parker Hilltop voted to keep the building closed at least through May 2020.

 

It is unlikely that we will resume in-person worship this summer, although we are monitoring closely the situation in our 3-county area, the recommendations of the Governor of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Conference Minister and Board of Directors, and our own instincts, gifts and graces.

 

We will keep you informed; in the meantime, we will provide on Zoom weekly, live worship, adult class, opportunities for social gatherings, children and teen programming, administrative meetings, and other relevant offerings. Thank you for your engagement in worship, social life and faith formation and in financial support of church programming and staff. Together, we are better. Come as you are, for you are enough. We exist as a church because we believe the Good News of Jesus Christ: that the unconditional love of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, gives meaning and purpose to our lives.

 

 

We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC) for persons who identify in the LBGTQA communities. We are an Accessible to All congregation of the UCC for persons who identify with physical, emotional, and/or mental disability.

 

 

 

 

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