Church Reopening Update

May 6, 2021

For more than a year, Baraboo FUMC leaders have been monitoring the pandemic, using scripture and science to make our decisions as to when it would be appropriate and safe for us to resume indoor worship and other activities in the church building. Our number-one goal has been and continues to be the health and well-being of all who enter our church building.

Our Administrative Council and COVID Team have been using the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Sauk County Health Department and the Wisconsin Council of Churches as our sources for sound, safe and reliable information in our decision-making process. It is important for us to use consistent sources in order to better understand trends.

One of the recommendations made by several of those sources is to install a germicidal air purifying system in our church building that will recirculate the air numerous times per hour. The BFUMC Board of Trustees is currently working with Pointon Heating & Air Conditioning to install such air purifiers on the three of the church’s seven furnaces that serve the sanctuary. The air will be recirculated five times per hour, thanks to this enhancement of our HVAC system. The church’s endowment provides ongoing financial support to the Trustees for capital projects at both the church and parsonage – that is, funding that is outside of the church’s operating budget. The new air purifiers will be paid for by that endowment-generated funding.

We will begin gathering in person for church parking lot worship services beginning this Sunday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. After the air purifying system is installed and we have developed the appropriate protocols for safe gatherings, we will look to resume indoor worship and other church building uses. We ask for your patience as we move thoughtfully and prayerfully through this process, and we ask for your understanding if we need to change our protocols and plans as we continue to monitor COVID-19’s presence in our community. Thank you.

Pastor Marianne Cotter

Keri Olson, Administrative Council Chairperson