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Building Security Changes to Begin March 1

Given the attacks on houses of worship in recent years and following the advice of different law enforcement personnel in Decatur, we will be implementing a change to our Sunday morning routine beginning March 1.  Currently, all the doors to the building are unlocked on Sundays throughout all worship services.  However, the easiest step we can take in making our building more secure is to keep all but the bare minimum of entrances open in this way.  Beginning Sunday March 1 here is what you will find:

  • The West Entrance doors will remain open and unlocked throughout the morning. We believe that a church should have doors that are “open” to the world.
  • The Tower Entrance doors will also be open (this is the original entrance facing south on William Street).
  • The rest of the doors (North, Playground, and Ramp Entrances) will be locked. If you have a security card, your security card will open that door and allow you to access the building. 
  • If you are a member who does not yet have a security access card, but wishes one, simply contact the office.
  • During the 9:00 service, there will be a greeter at the Ramp Entrance to welcome worshippers into the building who do not have a security access card. 

 

We believe these changes, though subtle in nature, can bring significant improvement to our security.  We want to balance an openness to the community with smart practices when it comes to security and are grateful for your cooperation and flexibility.  If you ever wish to speak about these matters more, do not hesitate to let me know.  

 -Pastor Michael E. Karunas

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In your church today, you have the opportunity to build something miraculous, to plant seeds of new life. Where God’s people have suffered loss, you are invited to invest in the future. When you give to Week of Compassion, your gift travels to places where disaster or poverty has caused great suffering. Through your generosity, we empower communities to grow new kinds of crops in a changing climate; we support youth education and vocational training; we rebuild homes and churches and help provide needed supplies after disasters; and we empower women with skills to support their family and their neighbors. In these and so many other places, we are co-workers in the kingdom of God. Building, planting, watering… and trusting that God gives growth to all good gifts shared in faith. –(Excerpted from insert from Week of Compassion)

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