November 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, coronavirus numbers are rising in the United States and in our area.  Your community leaders are working together to make sure we stay as safe as possible here. In particular, the Board of Trustees of Community Church of the Verdes is committed to both our core functions as a church and also our safety.

With regard to our core function of worship, we want to share with you these things. One thing we will continue to do is make live streaming of the service available each week on our website.  You may view the service live or at a later time.

We also remind folks to wear a mask at all times in worship.  

Hand sanitizer stations are always available in the narthex.

Social distancing is requested.

Further, we will have two services on Christmas Eve, one at 7 and one at 9.  Each service will be the same with music, sermon, and candle lighting.
Two new requests are these:

1) There will be a limit of 130 persons in church for any service starting Sunday, December 6th.  

2) We ask that anyone traveling into the community who has not observed a 10 day quarantine not attend our church services for the time being. We also request that community residents with visitors traveling from out of town observe the 10 day rule as well. As noted above, all services are streamed for viewing live or at a later time.
We look forward to an end to coronavirus and the availability of an effective and safe vaccine for all.

In Christ,

Bob Dietsche, Board President

Cheryl Wenthe, Worship Committee Chairperson

June 23, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Community Church of the Verdes,

If you live in Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, or Verde River, you may have already received a message from your community association regarding the most recent Maricopa County regulation regarding face coverings. If you live in Fountain Hills or the foothills, you may also be aware of the regulation.  The Board of Community Church of the Verdes is also aware of the regulation.  We have earlier recommended wearing masks, and we have provided them to many through the women of our church and community sewing the masks.  The Board has also funded the material to make the masks.  The new regulation ups that standard of recommending face coverings, however, to requiring face coverings in “public accommodations.”

Though the Board is not made up of lawyers, and we are certainly not issuing a legal opinion, we are aware that churches are generally distinct from “public accommodations” and do have certain federal protections.  Notwithstanding that, the Board of the church is in unanimous agreement that, in light of the unique population of Rio Verde and the foothills, and to be consistent with all of our community, we also will require persons indoors in our facilities to wear face coverings.  This includes those attending worship, attending meetings or studies, and coming by the church office.   Also, we will ask folks to remember the practice of social distancing.

Given the nature of their work, the worship leadership team will not wear face coverings but remain on the chancel, as they have been doing, though they certainly may choose to wear face coverings when they are not speaking or singing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

In Christ,

Bob Dietsche, Board President


May 21, 2020

I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Psalm 122:1

Dear Members and Friends of Community Church of the Verdes,

I am glad to announce, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, that we will reopen the sanctuary for worship for those who want to attend on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 8:30 am. We, of course, will follow the safety protocols established by the CDC, state, and local authorities, and we will apply them in this way:

  1. We recommend, but not insist, that everyone wear a mask for your protection as well as others around you.
  2. Social distancing of at least 6 feet will be required. Every other pew will be roped off for this purpose.
  3. Gloves will not be required, but you certainly may wear them if you would like.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be located at the entrance for your use.  Access to the church will be limited, so come to the front doors, and you will be directed how to enter.
  5. We will maintain social distancing during the Passing of Peace. Use whatever method you prefer. A suggestion would be hands together in a praying gesture and a slight bow.
  6. Bulletins will be available which the ushers will hand out. All music for the service will be printed in the bulletin. Therefore, hymnals will not be available at this time. The bulletin will be available on line as well so you are welcome to print yours out ahead of time, or use your iPhone or iPad during worship.
  7. Communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month as usual, but we will be taking precautions.  The wafers will be separate, and the juice will be in individual glasses.
  8. Baskets will be placed in the sanctuary for offerings.
  9. Live streaming will continue as well as a recording of the service for viewing at a later time.
  10. Fellowship will resume at a later date.
  11. The restrooms will be open, but the water fountains will be shut off.

In addition, Bible Study led by the Parish Associate on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm will start back up on June 4th in Founders Hall. Some tables will be removed with the remaining spaced apart to observe social distancing. Masks are also recommended but not required. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use as well. The tables and chairs will be sanitized before and after each session.  Alcoholics Anonymous will also be resuming on Monday mornings at 8 a.m.  The Pastor's Spiritual Themes in Literature book discussion group will take place through Zoom meetings beginning June 17th.

Finally, we know that our community is more vulnerable to this virus than others. For your safety and your neighbor’s, please do not attend any service or meeting if you are not feeling well.
Our Lord and Savior is watching over us. We have been spared of the effects of this scourge thus far. Trusting in Him and following the safety measures above we will soon be back to a more normal worship.
May God continue to bless us and keep us safe.
Bob Dietsche
Community Church of the Verdes President

Bob Dietsche, President; Darrel Brenner, Vice President, and Mission Trustee; Dan Larson, Treasurer Trustee; Sandy Palmer, Fellowship and Secretary Trustee; Peter Allen, Education Trustee; Cheryl Wenthe, Worship Trustee; Larry Pearson, Facilities Trustee; Rog Severson, Membership Trustee; and Pastor Cathy Northrup.