COVID Update: August 2021 Message from Bishop and Cabinet


"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul." -3 John 1:2

We, your bishop and cabinet, continue to give thanks for the ways you are caring for your community in the difficult and ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We grieve the toll COVID-19 is taking on our communities. As we have shared for many months, we encourage you to continually review your plans for worship and discipleship and be open to adapting to current realities.

Last month the CDC updated its guidance to encourage mask-wearing indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Today every county in our Conference is in that category (

Please factor this guidance into your ongoing leadership conversations and decisions. We urge churches to return to mask-wearing in indoor settings.

We give thanks for the many congregations offering vaccine clinics. According to the CDC, vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your outreach to those with food insecurities, the care you are showing healthcare workers, and the ways you are supporting schools, to name just a few of the ministries making a difference in our Conference.

May these acts of care for our community be a witness to Christ's love.

Find helpful, current guidance at:
— Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet