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We are in condition orange. The number of new cases in Lamar County remains at 20 for the weeks ending February 21 and 14. 

Based on recent statistical analysis described below, we believe that we can currently safely seat up to 25 in the sanctuary, in addition to worship leaders. 

Reserve a spot for worship this Sunday

Make a reservation at BarnesvilleFUMC.org/covid-19 or by calling the church office by Wednesday at 3pm. Volunteers complete the safe seating chart by Friday. Please notify the church office if you must cancel.

What determines how many people are in the room?

We continue having a data driven process that reflects the conditions in Lamar County and to review the condition colors. However, there is a large difference in the number of cases within each color range.

We are allowing gatherings based on the likelihood of a person positive being present. The sanctuary is a large room with high ceilings, and safer than the Fellowship Hall with its lower ceilings. Weekly review will limit the number of seats so that the probability a covid-19 positive person is in the gathering is at most 10% in the Fellowship Hall and 30% in the sanctuary.

The Georgia Tech Risk Assessment Tool shows that as of February 21 these limits are kept with at most 15 in the Fellowship Hall and 50 in the sanctuary. Since there are between 10 and 15 people who lead worship any given Sunday, this would allow another 25 in the sanctuary, while keeping the probability of someone present with the virus at 30%. 

Why do I need reservation?

We commit to protecting one another. This is about more than each individual's willingness to take on risk for themselves. The larger the gathering, and the more closely seated together, the greater the risk created for others present. 

Many of those who volunteer or are church employees do not have access to the vaccine and/or have family members who do not have access to the vaccine. Limiting attendance and spread out seating lowers the risk for those without this protection.

What about people who are vaccinated?

We know those vaccinated are greatly protected.  However the CDC states there is much we do not know about their impact on others.  As recently as February 9, 2021, the CDC updated their guidance for those vaccinated:

Although COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting sick, scientists are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not get sick.

If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. After exposure, people can be infected with or “carry” the virus that causes COVID-19 but not feel sick or have any symptoms. Experts call this “asymptomatic infection.”


For this reason, even after vaccination, we need to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.
 

The CDC recommendations are the same for both those vaccinated and not yet vaccinated:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others,
  • stay at least 6 feet away from others,
  • avoid crowds,
  • avoid poorly ventilated spaces,
  • wash your hands often.​​
The CDC and other experts and scientists are studying the real world impact of being vaccinated and will update guidelines as more results become available.

Our guidelines reflect conditions in Lamar County. 

  • Red: More than 33 new cases over 7 days. No inside or outside gatherings. Inside worship attendance is limited to worship leaders and those providing technical support.
  • Orange: 14 to 32 new cases in a 7 day period. Outside gatherings encouraged. Inside worship limited to worship leaders and a few participants
  • Yellow: Fewer than 14 new cases. Gather indoors with precautions like masks and six foot distancing.

Meaningful Worship Opportunities

The church has a new portable video player. Watching a worship service requires only turning on the device. Please contact the church office if
  • you know of someone who would like to watch a video of the worship service, or
  • you would like to help deliver the video player.
Did you miss worship on Sunday? You can catch up on YoutubeFacebook, and at BarnesvilleFUMC.org.
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Tuesday - Tuesday Thoughts from Pastor Cyndi
Wednesday - Ways to connect with the church (including the photo of the week)
Thursday - Joys and Concerns, Honorariums and Memorials
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