Mediator's Response during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our Communication, Next Steps, Re-entry Task Team Updates and Resources, and Mediator Worship Circles
Notation: Continue to scroll down for additional and important information.

As we all cope with the on-going pandemic, what are our next steps at Mediator?

August 10, 2020 
Since physically closing the church building in mid March and beginning Zoom/Facebook services, our time apart, yet virtually together, has been challenging to say the least. Technology issues, learning curves with technology, those without the ability to even access Zoom* or Facebook are only a few of the issues we, as a church family, encountered.

To read the letter to members, click here.

Re-entry Task Team Updates and Resources

Team members:

Email the task team – email

Linda Anderson (Chair) – email
Mother Darlene (Rector) – email
Paul Cromhecke (Sr. Warden) – email
Jan Anderson (Jr. Warden) – email
Susie Holden – email
Kathleen Hogan-Garrett- email
Carol Grant – email
David Lewis – email

Meetings and brief summary of discussion

Next Meeting – TBD

Sep 10 – Planning for Sep 13 gathering. The registration link is now available.

Aug 24 – Plan for Our Celebration of New Ministry outdoor event

Aug 13 – The Aug 6th Mediator Worship Circle was discussed and deemed a success. Additional gathers are scheduled for Aug 20 (at Mtr. Darlene & Jon Kuhn’s home), Aug 30 (at Mediator outside beginning at 630pm MI time).
Weekly gatherings will also be held on Sunday’s at 630pm (MI time) at Mediator outside. A review of indoor seating occurred, but additional seating strategies are still needed before a final plan can be presented to the Vestry.

Aug 6 – Mtr Darlene, Kathleen Hogan-Garrett, and David Lewis met in the sanctuary to begin measuring for indoor services (when approved by Mediator’s vestry)

July 30 – chair selected, recap of July 23 meeting, agreement on small outdoor group gathering dates and locations with a 3rd possible gathering to held at Mediator (outside location TBD)

July 23 – kickoff meeting with some roll playing and how to respond, agreement on small outdoor group gatherings with a max of 10 people

Next
Steps

  • NEW – An Oct 4th MWC is now being planned and will also be a Pet Blessing, so bring your pets
  • The Aug 30th MWC is now changing to a Celebration of Our New Ministry. See the Communication column to the right for details and the Mediatorite (Aug 23).
  • Plan for each Sunday evenging MWC in Sept @ Mediator beginning at 630pm (MI time)
  • Continue planning for Aug 20th MWC gathering held at Mtr. Darlene & Jon’s home (outside)
  • Review Aug 8th first MWC gathering pros/cons

Mediator Worship Circles (MWC)

Registration:

  • Oct 4 service – Not yet available
    Note: Pet’s are invited
  • Sep 27 service – Click here to sign up to attend

Photo links:
Oct 4th  (Mediator – outside)
Sep 27th (Mediator – outside)
Sep 20th (Mediator – outside)
Sep 13th photos – click here
Aug 30th sketches – click here
Aug 30th photos – click here
Aug 20th photos – click here
Aug 8th photos – click here

 

Communication
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Aug 20: We’re thrilled to let you know we will be holding a Celebration of Our New Ministry, including Communion, on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 6:30pm (MI time) on the back lawn of The Episcopal Church of the Mediator. All are invited to attend. Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and an umbrella is recommended to provide shade from the sun. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing will be required. Hand sanitizer will be available.
The Reverend Canon Bill Spaid will join us to represent the Diocese. To read more, click here
Click here to register to attend.

Aug 10: As we all cope with the on-going pandemic, what are our next steps at Mediator?

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