December 16, 2020
Federated Church Buildings Will Remain Closed Through Easter
2020 was a year of challenges, a year of making accommodations, adjustments and we have had to dig deep, to call upon our inner strength and develop new ways to commune and connect. Though we all want to gather and worship together, it is not safe to do so at this time and so our Federated building will remain closed to in-person, indoor activities. We are using ‘through Easter’ as a benchmark for the closure, fully prepared to evaluate and adapt as conditions change.
Though we see hope on the horizon, case numbers and hospitalizations remain on the rise. Building closure is the most assured way to keep our members and guests safe. We maintain that the health of our congregation and community is still the most important consideration, especially for so many in our church who are at high risk.
Our leadership will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and local COVID-19 conditions from the county boards of health, the state of Ohio, and the CDC. We will continue to consult with medical and public health officials and rely on the scientific understanding of this virus to make decisions going forward.
In the meantime, and most importantly, we will continue to work diligently, creating new opportunities for spiritual growth, learning, reflection, worship, and connection with each other. Be open to new ideas and technologies and above all, please communicate your needs and share ways you would like to connect. Working together and being in service to one another is what makes us a strong and united community.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
We thank you for your feedback and thoughts about what we can do to enhance the Federated Community and continue to thrive.
God Bless You,
Beth Rutkowski, Moderator
Hamilton Throckmorton, Senior Pastor
Melissa Owen, Senior Director of People and Operations