We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a change to our Sunday morning schedule. At the recommendation of the Worship Committee, the Session has approved eliminating the 8:00 a.m. service for the foreseeable future. In addition, the Sunday service start time will shift to 10:00 a.m. This change will begin on Sunday, September 10th when we shift away from our summer hours. The Sunday School start time will remain 9:00 a.m.
This change is being made for several reasons. First, the attendance at the 8:00 a.m. service has dwindled to an average of less than ten individuals, especially true since we resumed services after Covid. While we recognize that there are obviously a few individuals who enjoy this early time, the Session no longer believes the low attendance numbers justify the scheduling of staff, volunteers, and any other resources to support the service.
Second, as the congregation continues to move forward in the hiring process for a new permanent Pastor, we want to ensure that prospective candidates do not perceive a poorly attended and early service as some sort of burdensome obligation and thereby not consider our available position as a positive opportunity worth applying for. If a new Pastor feels there is sufficient need to restore the early service, the Session will act at that time.
We recognize that this decision will discourage a few individuals and we apologize for any disappointment it creates. The decision was not made lightly. We strongly hope the individuals impacted by the change will shift to worshipping with the congregation at 10:00 a.m. or take advantage of our Live Stream option.
Thank you for your understanding of this change and we look forward to your continued support. Please feel free to share your thoughts or concerns with PCM Leadership.
Yours in Christ,
Presbyterian Church of the Master