masks optional at first lutheran church
Lutheran Church Council with input from the medical team (consisting of staff, council,
doctors and worshipping members) is
removing the mask mandate for worship and all activities, effective March 1, 2022. In addition,
food can be served in the building, as volunteers and opportunities arise.
Throughout the pandemic the medical team has recommended that we follow CDC
guidelines for masking, social distancing and in-person gatherings to protect
the health of our congregation, staff and community. This change in FLC
COVID-19 masking policy mirrors CDC guidelines for people in counties with low
and medium levels of COVID-19 infections. For the sake of welcoming and
encouraging all, First Lutheran shall provide a mask friendly environment, and
encourages those who wish to mask to do so freely and without judgement.
People should stay home when not feeling well, have tested positive for COVID-19
or have been in recent close contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
remind us that even when mask wearing is optional, masking is still important
in preventing spread of COVID-19 and is recommended in unvaccinated individuals
and among people who are at risk for severe infections. COVID-19
infection rates are expected to fluctuate, and masking in addition to getting
vaccinated and boosted will help protect those most vulnerable from severe
disease and decrease the demands on health care systems.
medical team will no longer regularly meet with one another, we will continue
to keep our eyes on all matters related to the safety and public health of all
people in our congregation. We thank everyone for their patience and
understanding throughout this ongoing and ever-changing process.
Dr. Carla Schulz