Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Pikes Peak MCC

Effective July 19, 2021

The Board of Directors met on Monday, July 19, 2021 and updated our COVID-19 protocols. We continue to monitor positivity rates and the Delta variant in our area. We will respond as needed to any new variants that show up in El Paso County. Our priority is to respect and protect the most vulnerable among us. We will continue to offer livestreaming of worship and other programs.

Here is what we approved, effective immediately:

  • Masks will continue to be required for everyone, except small children. Anyone in the building must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We do not and will not require proof of vaccination to attend anything in-person at our building. We understand that some people are immunocompromised and cannot tolerate the vaccine. As of this date, children under age 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. Because we will not require proof of vaccination to enter our facility, we ask that everyone wear masks while on the premises.
  • We will no longer limit the number of people who can attend worship on Sunday mornings. No need to reserve free tickets in advance. You can just show up.
  • We will continue check-in and registration for each event in the building. We will check each person/household in with name, email, and phone number for contact tracing purposes if someone who attended an event in our building later tests positive for COVID-19.
  • We request that everyone practice social distancing while in the building.
  • We will continue our practice of individual cup communion. We also will continue to ask people to make online donations instead of having a physical offering during each worship service.
  • We will again allow people to create and use their nametags with gender pronoun pins. You may take it with you and bring it back each week or hang it on a hook at the top of the front stairs before you leave.
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building, and periodically while in the building. Washing your hands is even better.
  • We will not have a hospitality station that offers coffee, tea or water. Please bring your own water bottle to drink from while you are in the building.

Exploring the Bible with Pastor A.

Exploring the Bible with Pastor A.

Online Bible Study
Tuesdays from 7-8 pm MDT
May 7 – June 25

Cost: $20*
Register online here!

Many people struggle to know how to even start reading the Bible. It can be difficult to understand, and sometimes hard to see how it connects with life in the 21st century. Some of us only have learned how to read the Bible literally, while others have never even opened the covers of a Bible. Pastor A. will offer tools that can help us begin to uncover the richness of the Bible, as well as spiritual practices that help us connect not just with our heads, but also our hearts and spirits. We will explore various tools as we read the Gospel of Matthew together.

This will be an ONLINE-only class. We will be using Zoom, an online web conferencing platform that has Android and iOS apps, as well as a phone call-in feature. Once you register for the class, you will receive more information about how to set up your smartphone, tablet, or computer for the class. Pastor Alycia will also be available to help you troubleshoot any issues.

No previous experience or understanding of the Bible required! Bring your questions and curiosities. If you don’t have a Bible and are considering purchasing one, Pastor Alycia recommends the Common English Bible translation. The publishers offer several excellent study Bibles that use the CEB translation. You can also read the CEB for free on BibleGateway.com.

*As always, don’t let financial issues stop you from participating. Scholarships are available upon request.  

Pikes Peak MCC Vision, Values & Mission Forum

 

 

Join us on Sunday, March 18 after our worship service for a forum designed to collect feedback on Pikes Peak MCC’s updated Vision, Mission, and Values.

This forum will be conducted by our Board of Directors and will last about an hour. If you are unable to attend the forum please provide any comments you may have to one of our board members listed below.

Moderator of the Board: Jackie Grabbert
Vice Moderator: Jim (Hawk) Hawkins
Treasurer: Angie Hansis
Clerk: Jessica Kobylinski
Fundraiser Coordinator: Julia Wedemeyer
Member-at-Large: Lonna Thelen
Pastor: Rev. Alycia Erickson

Please convene in the sanctuary at 11:30 am.

Here is the updated vision, values, and mission.
Vision:  PPMCC exists to do justice, embrace God’s love for ALL, and to walk humbly with our God.

Values:

  • Spirituality:  We support people on their journey to connect with God, and, as a church, we invite people to experience God through the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • Inclusion – Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry.  We provide a community where everyone is included in the family of God and unconditionally welcomed at God’s table.
  • Community – Our deep desire is to offer a safe, compassionate, and open community for people to worship, learn, and grow in their faith.  We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.
  • Justice – We are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems.

Mission: PPMCC provides reconciliation, healing and hope for all people by:

  • Celebrating an inclusive spirituality that respects the diversity of all;
  • Experiencing God’s presence through authentic worship and meaningful relationships;
  • Fostering a culture that encourages outreach to our community; and by
  • Embodying the example of Christ by participating in justice work for the oppressed.