June 14, 2020 Important Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector:
FOR MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH AND THOSE WHO HAVE REGULARLY ATTENDED OUR SERVICES:
I am overjoyed to announce that we are examining potential processes designed to enable a gradual return to in-person attendance at our services in the future, of course in strict compliance with State and County COVID-19 rules, including “social distancing”. Sadly, our church will not be “open” in the manner that all of us would like, until government restrictions are lifted.
As we examine and test potential options, to comply with current regulations, we will limit the number of people who can attend a particular service, using the process described in Attendance. In addition, each of us will need to perform:
(1) self-study (which means read and understand) "Training", which has been revised to address California Guidance for The Use of Face Covering, dated June 18, 2020,
(2) upon arrival to church, be prepared to (verbally) declare that you meet the requirements of the training program for entry into our church, (at home temperature measurement, self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms, etc.), and
(3) commit to maintaining “social distancing”.
With regard to the “social distancing” item (3) above, everyone will need to follow Ushers’ directions and remain in the positions to which you are assigned, see Congregation Position Map.
Members of our Parish Council have worked many hours to understand and adapt civil authority requirements to our potential future in-person attendance. As we examine and test our attendance processes we must all understand that if we don’t follow the rules, it could have a disastrous effect on our efforts!
Let us rejoice that we are working towards a gradual future return to in-person participation in our services. Let us have love for Christ and each other, and with faith, discipline and patience, all of which are hallmarks of the Saints of our Church, let us avoid doing anything that could slow or completely stop our progress. Your cooperation with those who will work to enable our return, for example our volunteer Ushers, is crucial.
I look forward to the day when our church will be completely open, but unfortunately, we’re not there yet. I pray to the Lord to bless you and guide you through these difficult times.
As before, we are having General Confession during this difficult time. If anyone wishes to have a more complete and private confession, this can be arranged to take place over the phone, by calling Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko at 1-(650) 430-9805. Call, and if I, Archpriest Stefan, don’t answer, leave your name and number and Archpriest Stefan will call you back to speak directly. Of course you should NOT leave a recording of your confession.