Letter for SBPC Session

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Dear Church Family,

The Christian life is not an isolated and individualistic life. It is a life built in community and relationships. Even though we have been able to stay connected with online tools and through opportunities to serve, we are also looking forward to the day when we can worship side by side once again. 

We are discerning and prayerfully moving forward with our discussions surrounding when and how to return to the SBPC campus. The state and county recommendations for a full return to campus have not changed since our last communication with you, and there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases since then. We will review new guidelines as they are given. As we mentioned in our previous letter, we are taking the congregation’s needs and safety seriously, and  considering how we can effectively minister to our members, friends, and neighbors during this unprecedented season. We are also being mindful of our call to be good stewards of our staff, volunteer, and financial resources. 

In our recent survey about returning to campus, we could see in the results of about 480 individuals that we are a flexible congregation, willing to do whatever it takes to return safely to worship together in the sanctuary. We also saw that most of our congregation wanted to wait until it was safer for us to meet together. Health experts tell us that indoor, intergenerational activities longer than 30 minutes are the most contagious environments for the spread of the virus. 

Keeping this in mind, we will continue with online worship and programs. We believe this is the most inclusive and safe way for us to be the church at this time.

The campus is open to serve our neighbors and ministry partners each month with drive-through donations in our parking lot through CS365 and the Children’s Ministries FamBox monthly pick up throughout the summer. 

Many have asked about how COVID-19 has impacted the staff. Because of your continuous and generous giving and the provision of the Payroll Protection Program (part of the CARES Act), we have been able to keep all staff employed. The facilities staff has been working on campus doing painting and cleaning projects since the first of April. The offices are open to staff only and most staff are working remotely. 

Many have also wondered about our church finances. We are happy to announce that we ended our fiscal year on June 30 with a healthy surplus that gives us strong reserves and confidence to continue being the church God has called us to be, especially during these uncertain and unprecedented times. 

We fully believe and are confident that God is leading us as we discern and imagine how we might return to campus life in a way that best aligns with our vision and values at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Please share any thoughts or concerns you have at SBPCSession@solanapres.org. We covet and appreciate your prayers as we continue on this challenging journey together.

In Christ,

Mike McClenahan

For Session: Christian Buckley, Heather Caliri, Steve Carter, Kellie Church, Janice Coy, Judy Enns, Juan-Daniel Espitia, TJ Freeland, Paula Nance, Anita Power, Steve Rossier, Paula Taylor, Clay Westling, and Wendell Wierenga

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