Re-gathering

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Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don't look out for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too- Philippians 2:3-4.

Over the past few months, we 've been living out the above Scripture. One of the most exciting things that's taking place during this time is seeing the church- the people, not the building- reach out and proclaim Jesus as Lord. Even though we are quarantined, the Good News is not. You are going out and loving, serving, and giving...not just to those within the body of faith, but to those who do not know Christ. You're speaking encouraging words and giving life by pointing to Jesus. And, since we've moved online, we've been able to connect with people who've never set foot in the door of our building, much less that of any other church. We love it.

Phase 3 of WestWay's re-gathering began Sunday, June 14. We transitioned to being "live" at 1015 on Sunday mornings AND we will be livestreaming the 1015 on YouTube.

For those attending our live gathering, please know we're following the Guidelines for the Conduct of Faith-Based Services as provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Panhandle Health, and Federal guidelines. Take a moment and review this before joining us on Sunday.

You will help others feel welcome and safe by following them.

First and foremost, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.  If you are in an "at risk" category, please stay home and watch online.

The Parking Lot

  • We'll greet you in the Parking Lot with the goal of getting you into the building, then seated in the auditorium as quickly as possible. Please maintain social-distancing of at least 6 feet between families.
  • The building will open at 9:45 for those attending the 1015.

The Building

  • The only “open” portions of the building will be: the lobby, lobby restrooms, and auditorium. The rest of the building will be closed.
  • Due to physical distancing (6 feet distance between family groups), we cannot congregate in the lobby. We'll have "greeters and seaters" (see below) to help you enter the building quickly and be seated in the auditorium.
  • The Building will open to those serving at 9:15- physical distancing to be observed.
  • The Building will open at 9:45 for those attending the 1015. Please do not wait until 10:10 to come to the building! Come early, talk with your friends outside and from 6 feet away, and be patient as we seat everyone.

The Auditorium

  • There will be no bulletin, BYOB- Bring your Own Bible/Journal/Pen, etc.
  • Entrance into the Auditorium will be through the South Lobby door.
  • We'll seat you by family units, one family per row, every other row empty. The exception will be singles and couples, separated by 6 feet.
  • As you enter the Auditorium, please take the pre-packaged communion elements with you to your seat.
  • We'll be reserving tables for families with small children. We'll have activity sheets on them, please bring your own markers, crayons, colors, etc.
  • Please, practice social distancing. There are many people who are concerned about this. This is a great opportunity to honor one another.
  • Please, no physical touch. This includes hugs, handshaking, fist-bumping, and holy kisses.
  • We'll have our gathering, sing songs, pray, hear the message, and take communion. Offering can be placed in the boxes in back as you leave. We'll also have a time for discussion about the message as many of you have been doing in your homes. We encourage you to stay for this!
  • We’ll dismiss by rows through one exit, the North lobby door. Please don't gather in the lobby or under the awning; keep in mind physical distancing guidelines and those who want to leave quickly. Remember, this is an opportunity to honor others.

A few other things:

  • Masks will be recommended and encouraged, but not required.
  • We’ll have plenty of hand sanitizer and chem wipes available. If you use the restroom, please use them and wipe down whatever you use and touch.
  • Our nursery and Wee-Ones (2's & 3's) is currently open. We hope to phase in other age groups and Sunday School through Fall 2020
  • The coffee area is closed until further notice, but feel free to bring your own coffee.
  • Because of physical distancing requirements, we cannot run the van.

Phase 4 is what we're simply calling "Re-Gathered" and this will take place when all of our body is ready to gather in our building. We'll see small groups, children's and student ministries, Sunday School classes and other events taking place here at the building.

WestWay is not dependent on the building; the building is not the church...we are. And as we move to re-gathering we must continue to be the church. The quarantined world is watching us; they are seeing how we act, speak and think. We want to encourage you to continue to connect with one another on the phone, build relationships via Zoom, and find new ways to connect. We are re-gathering soon, and we've never stopped being the church.

We love you, are praying with you and for you. We're excited to re-gather!

Prayer

We have such a tremendous opportunity to go before God during this time and lift up our community, nation and world in prayer. We'd love for you to pray in these and other ways

  • Pray for our leaders, national, state, and local. They are facing unprecedented challenges 
  • Pray for our church leaders. They are working hard to faithfully lead during this time. There will be things they get right, and things they miss.
  • Pray for healthcare workers.
  • Pray for the people who would be receiving food from our cancelled Food Pack.
  • Pray for patience, mercy, and grace for one another as we engage our community in new ways.
  • Pray for children and students who are out of school. Many children and students depend on our school system to provide meals. A school closing is not vacation and will cause much anxiety and uncertainty in our community.
  • REMEMBER- God is in charge. This has not caught Him off guard. This is a huge opportunity for us to remain calm, hopeful, and to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to a world that clearly needs it.