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 May 15, 2021

Dear Harvest Family,

 The elders are aware of the changes to the COVID pandemic restrictions announced by Governor Hogan this week. This is great news! However, as this information came later in the week, we decided that it is best at this time to stay the course for this Sunday, May 16, by holding two worship services, requiring all participants that are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask, and to maintain proper social distancing. For the time being, masks are encouraged, but optional for those that have been fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks after receiving the second dose of the two-dose protocol or two weeks after receiving the single dose protocol. We ask those that are fully vaccinated to please be conscientious of those that are not vaccinated and need to maintain social distancing.

 While the governor has removed the requirement to wear a mask in most cases, the Maryland Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Private businesses and workplaces are free to put in place their own policies or guidance.

 Our approach is to determine what is best for the entire congregation and to phase in changes to how we conduct worship services over the next few weeks. We ask you to please be patient with the us as we interact with the deacons, the worship team and the most vulnerable in our body to determine the wisest way to implement these changes for Harvest.

 In Christ,

The Session of Harvest Fellowship