Update: May 29, 2020
Update: May 15, 2020
The Knox reopening task force held its first meeting earlier this week. While no date has been set yet for the reopening of 3400 Michigan Avenue, the task force is actively working towards reopening plans that will comply with the direction of the State of Ohio as well as guidance of medical experts within the Knox community, the Presbytery of Cincinnati and other local experts. In all likelihood, this will be a gradual, phased opening, and Knox will continue to provide online worship and fellowship opportunities even as we begin to open our doors.
Anne Mulder and Adam Fronczek lead the task force. Steering committee members include Couper Gardiner (Worship & Music), Earl Rivers (Worship & Music), David Annett (Worship & Music), Jenn Pavelka (Faith Formation), Tina Hubert (Fellowship), Betsy Warwick (Mission), Pete Tuff (Building & Grounds, outside groups), Melanie Elkin (Preschool), Anne Davies (Personnel), Madeleine Ludlow (Finance), Jana Reister (Pastoral Care), Pam Ward (Medical/Congregational Care), and Glenn Williams (Communications). Each of these subcommittees are recruiting additional members from the congregation and staff. Medical consultants include Jeff Schlaudecker, M.D., Liz Schlaudecker, M.D., and Mike McClellan, M.D.
Letter to the congregation, May 8, 2020
This past week, the reopening of many of businesses and institutions has been at the center of the news. In the expectation that you may be wondering what Knox has planned, we share the following update.
At its (virtual) April meeting, the Session of Knox Church directed that a task force be assembled to address the multiple questions and challenges presented by an eventual reopening of the building.
We have begun the development of this task force, which will comprise multiple working teams. Drawing from abundant resources developed by government, health care, and church organizations (including the Presbytery of Cincinnati), and in consultation with medical professionals, the work teams will address the many components of community at Knox, including worship and music, fellowship, faith formation, building and grounds, mission and communications. Our priority is the health and safety of our Knox family. We will plan carefully and move patiently. No on-site gatherings will take place in May.
Because the questions are challenging and complicated, it is essential we begin to make our plan – even though we do not know exactly when we will implement it. Early next week we will hold an inaugural meeting and once the entire task force is assembled, we’ll publish a roster of those participating.
We are grateful for the many resources of Knox family and for the opportunity to work together.
Adam Fronczek & Anne Mulder
Task Force Co-Chairs
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