Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

COVID-19 Updates

Keep connected to God & each other even while we’re apart.

October 20, 2021 Update

God’s Beloved–

It’s been a joy to connect with so many of you in those informal moments we missed out on during the early stages of the pandemic–the wave on the way into the sanctuary, the quick update on your loved one as we walk through the lobby, the note you’ve left on my desk asking me to pray for a dear one. 

For those who’ve been worshipping with us online–it’s been such a gift to hear your stories of what it’s meant to you to be able to refill your cup of coffee and prepare your communion elements and break bread with us bound together not by physical proximity but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

And yet, I have to also confess that I didn’t think we’d still be here–with COVID cases remaining in the medium to high risk range, ICU capacity being stretched week after week, vaccination rates stagnating–this fall. Perhaps you, too, are lamenting with the Psalmist: How long, O Lord? (Psalm 13:1)

Today at noon, a public health order issued by the Larimer County Health Department went into effect requiring that face coverings be worn in all public indoor spaces in our county. You can read the details of the order here.

In light of that order and the changing seasons, our COVID Response Team met this week to evaluate and update our current practices.

These guidelines reflect what has remained the same for our community during this time–we love and care for one another’s health and safety as a response to Jesus’ command to love ourselves and our neighbors, which he binds to love of God (Mark 12:30-31).

  • In accordance with county guidelines, all groups, regardless of size and vaccination status, must require individuals wear masks covering their nose and mouth while in the building. Masks are still optional outside.
  • If your group is eating or drinking:
    • Wash your hands before serving or eating food.
    • Masks may be removed for eating and drinking given that a safe distance (6 feet) is maintained. 
    • Masks must be worn any time when you’re not actively eating and drinking.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and take good care of yourself. You’re welcome to participate in any of our virtual offerings as you recover.
  • If your child or student has been required to quarantine in any setting, please also extend that to in-person church activities and keep them home until they are recovered and/or cleared to return to school. (And please let us know, so we can send them some love to make the time go a little faster!)
  • As the weather turns cooler, we will move our after-worship fellowship time indoors. You’ll be asked to spread out between the sanctuary and the lobby to allow us to maintain more distance between households. Refreshments will not be served once we move inside. 

This Sunday, we begin a new sermon series that will usher in our stewardship season–the time when we focus on God’s generosity to us and our response to it. Our theme is Together for Joy–a reminder that: 

Now more than ever, we need to reach out and lift each other up. Now more than ever, we are called to discover new ways to be “together for joy.” The good news is the church was made for times such as these: not times of ease and tranquility, but times of difficulty and struggle. Not a stroll along a sunlit ridgeline, but a pilgrimage through the valley of the shadow of death. And not a whimper or a whisper of silence, but a new song sung out loud, in harmony with all creation, as the seas roar and hills sing together for joy!

I see us already living this, as challenging as it may be. Thank you, Church. Thanks, God.

Love,

Melissa St. Clair, Senior Minister



August 13, 2021 Update
Larimer County health officials are strongly recommending people, whether vaccinated or not, return to wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. 

The county health department announced the new recommendation Wednesday afternoon, citing Larimer County’s high level of community transmission of COVID-19’s delta variant. Read more here.

“The impact of the delta variant is setting us back. Larimer County is once again experiencing a high case rate and, unfortunately, increasing hospitalizations,” Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “Vaccination and masking are the best tools that we have for turning things around and ending this surge.”

Throughout the pandemic, Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), county, and state guidelines to guide our decision-making. We’ve also referenced ongoing advice from the Wisconsin Council of Churches–an organization that has worked diligently to interpret these guidelines in the particular context of worship. You can read more about the ways we are caring for each other and keeping each other safe here.

Read about our re-entry plan here.

Sundays

Returning to Our Sanctuary!
Sundays // 10 a.m.

If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that we are the church no matter where or how we gather. It’s also been an opportunity to reflect on what it means to have a space that’s set apart for us to be together in worship and just how precious and holy that can be. While some things will look and feel different, what remains the same is the God whom we worship. Online worship will continue to be available through a live-stream.


Each Sunday afternoon, a video of that morning’s online service will be posted to our YouTube Channel. You can subscribe here

Tuesdays

Knitwits | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays (10 a.m.)
Are you interested in knitting, crocheting or needlework of any kind? Knitwits meet at the church on the second and fourth Tuesday every month at 10 a.m.

Wednesdays

Midweek Meditation (8 – 8:15 a.m.) – On break until Advent
Join our pastoral staff online for a Midweek Meditation on Wednesday mornings for a brief devotional from and prayer together. You bring the request; we pray! A great way to stay connected and grounded during the week. Contact the office (970-223-1230) for the Zoom link.

Wednesday Night Book Study (7 p.m.)
Now meeting in person — the Wednesday night book study group is reading “A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren. We begin meeting at 7 p.m. New folks are always welcome to join this book study group. Contact Mark Turner (970.420.4142) with any questions.

Other Ways to Stay Connected

Check out our weekly newsletter here.

Lavender Labyrinth at the Tylers
Come take a walk along the labyrinth, enjoy the view of the mountains, and just Be for a short time. No need to let us know ahead of time, just park along the labyrinth fence. Please be mindful of the property and stay within the labyrinth area. Read more here.

Connect with a Friend
We have friends in our congregation who would love snail mail during this time when we are not able to meet in person. Most of these adults do not have internet. Would your child like to send someone a picture or write a letter once a week to someone to share some love? Email Erin Tyler and we’ll get you connected.

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