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Dear Church,  

Starting 2/7 Parkside Lutheran will return to offering in-person worship at 10 am. We will continue to offer worship online and on TV via WNY Church Unleashed.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20  

This past week Parkside’s Church council had a long and prayerful discussion about returning to in-person worship. We considered a number of factors and ultimately voted to resume. We want everyone to know that no one should feel pressured to attend. God is just as present when we gather online or together through TV. The declining positivity rate was a factor but significant consideration was also given to how well folks did in the fall with abiding our COVID-19 protocols. Just as in the fall, worship will be shortened, masks/distancing/signing–in are all required, no communal singing, and we will be at less than 1/3 capacity. (No more than 70 roughly folks on a Sunday/ Two pews are roped off for every one that is open.)  

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions or concerns. Please know we will continue to monitor advice from public health experts and plans may change accordingly.   We also ask that folks reach out to elderly family, friends, and neighbors who may need assistance in signing up for a vaccine.  


Peace, Pastor Jeremiah