COVID-19 Updates

As a precautionary measure, our building will be closed until further notice. We are closely following the recommendations of the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, & the Milwaukee Presbytery and will update this page as things evolve. If you need assistance during this time, please contact us and/or visit our Facebook page

In lieu of in-person worship, we have our weekly worship service at 10:30am via Facebook Live. An archive of our worship services is available on the virtual worship page of our website. 

Updated September 28th, 7:00pm

We are working on a questionnaire for the congregation to get your feedback, that will be coming out in the next few weeks. We reviewed a new fall update from the Wisconsin Council of Churches and their recommendations to remain out of indoor worship spaces at this time. We are still discussing our A/V needs for when we meet in person and that will be the focus of our next meeting. We will be meeting monthly moving forward. As always, we reviewed the Badger Bounce Back Plan gating criteria, and we have still only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria.

Updated September 21st, 7:00pm

The task force met again tonight and discussed our virtual fellowship events, completed a Franklin community check-in form, and began working on a questionnaire to get feedback from the congregation for your needs during this time. As always, we are keeping a pulse on the gating criteria through the Badger Bounce Back Plan, and tonight we still have only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria. Keep an eye out in your mailbox - there's another update letter coming your way!

Updated September 13th, 7:00pm

The task force met tonight and discussed a webinar the Wisconsin Council of Churches sent out with information on COVID-19 and the church. See high-level take aways from the webinar below. We discussed topics for our bi-weekly virtual fellowship sessions via zoom, orientation for ushers and greeters, and working on a letter to the congregation with additional information. We are always reviewing the gating criteria, and we have regressed to only having achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria

Updated August 31st, 7:00pm

The task force met tonight with a guest appearance by the moderator of our worship committee to go over the updated roles for ushers and greeters when the church reopens. We also reviewed Wisconsin's gating criteria (we still have only achieved 3/6).  Lastly, we discussed keeping Faith connected and decided we will be re-implementing virtual zoom fellowship in starting September 15th. Contact us for the zoom information. 

Updated August 17th, 7:00pm

Task force met tonight and the discussed Wisconsin's gating criteria and we have still only achieved 3/6. Thanks to all who attended our outdoor worship yesterday (8/16) for adhering to the safety and health measures in place by the Faith Presbyterian Church Reopening Taskforce, the Franklin Parks System, and the state of Wisconsin’s health department. 

Updated August 10th, 7:00pm

Deacons and Session of Faith Presbyterian Church met to brainstorm and put into action new ways to keep our Faith Family connected, including, but not limited to:

  • COVID Connections notebook passed from member to member to update us all on how we're doing.
  • Member spotlight on our Facebook page
  • Private Facebook group for members only
  • Birthday Brigade
  • "Fill Your Cup At Faith" Drive-by coffee, bring your own mug or use one we provide, our first one will be August 23rd
  • Inter-generational pen pals
  • Continuing to mail the sermon transcripts and a copy of the weekly church emails to our members who are not electronically connected

Updated August 3rd, 7:00pm

Task force met at Lions Legend Park where we will be holding our annual worship in the park once again this year on August 16th. Great discussion and planning happened, with decisions behind assigned stations for taking temperatures and handing out masks (if masks aren't provided), dropping off pledges (into the new pledge box made by one of our members), and seating for attendees. 

Updated July 27th, 7:00pm

The task force met again and discussed Wisconsin's progress with our gating criteria 3/6 achieved. . We discussed the outcome of the July 25th church clean up and our physical space has been reset, deep cleaned, and ready for when we are able to meet. We also created our "COVID Commandments" for when we are in person:

  1. Thou shalt not hug. (But you can have warm thoughts)
  2. Thou shalt maintain social distance. (But keep us close to your heart)
  3. Thou shalt use hand sanitizer. (Clean hands make for a clean heart)
  4. Thou shalt wear a face mask. (This does not mean wear heavy makeup)
  5. Thou shalt not cough or sneeze on anyone. (Just gross)
  6. Thou shalt not shake hands. (Be together in spirit)
  7. Thou shalt not sing. (Have a song in your heart)
  8. Thou shalt have your temperature taken. (Don't be too hot to handle)
  9. Thou could wave or use jazz hands to say hi. (It's not so bad if we all do it)
  10. Thou shalt not dance cheek to cheek. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder)

Updated July 13th, 7:00pm

The task force moved our meetings to bi-weekly instead of weekly as Wisconsin isn't making significant progress with our COVID-19 gating criteria and as of this week, have only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria needed to enter phase 1 of the Badge Bounce Back Plan. We discussed opportunities to potentially get together prior to WI entering phase two, and we drafted a formal proposal to session to move forward with our outdoor worship scheduled for August 16th at Lions Legend Park. 

Updated June 29th, 7:00pm

While Wisconsin has improved in one area, it has regressed in another; we have still only met 3/6 of the criteria. We discussed feedback from the congregation regarding our letter earlier this month, continue to clean out the unnecessary items in the church, and we continue to discuss the 3 items listed below from last week's meeting.  

Updated June 22nd, 7:00pm

To-date, Wisconsin has only met 3/6 of the gating criteria we need to arrive in phase one of the Badger Bounce Back Plan. While we wait for Wisconsin to be in Phase Two to open our building and worship in person, the task force continues to meet weekly and is actively working to get prepare for our reopening. We are currently:

  • Pursuing new A/V equipment needs to simulcast worship in the fellowship hall to maintain social distancing and allow for continued online worship for those who chose to do so.
  • Discussing directional & spacing signage.
  • Rearranging the building to accommodate our needs when we return. 

Updated June 15th, 7:00pm

This week, the task force focused on: Investigating A/V equipment needs for simulcasting worship in the fellowship hall when we start worshiping on-site again. Reaching out to the worship committee to begin discussion of modified responsibilities for ushers and greeters. And began cleaning up in the building, putting away items unnecessary for in-person worship. 

Updated June 8th, 7:00pm

The task force's recommendation is to open when the statistics show that Wisconsin is in Phase Two of the Badger Bounce Back Plan (see link below). A letter is being sent to the congregation with more detailed information regarding Faith's plan to reopen. Read the letter here.

Updated June 1st, 7:00pm

A task force was formed on May 28th and will meet weekly. The purpose of the task force is to evaluate the current guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Milwaukee Presbytery, and from the Center for Disease Control regarding group gatherings. Also, to determine the process needed for reopening the church for worship services, meetings, outside groups that utilize our building, and other onsite events once reopening the church is deemed feasible and responsible. Lastly, planning for continued monitoring and responding to the evolving situation, to ensure that we can continue to spend time together in person safely.

Supplemental Resources

Here are some links/resources we are referencing to guide our decisions regarding opening and guidelines to follow:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

Wisconsin Department of Health:

Milwaukee Presbytery:

COVID Science for Churches webinar interview between the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Lisa Allgood. 

General take-aways about the virus: 

  • Minimum time for maximum exposure is 15minutes (5:22) 
  • Infections are increasing in the young (5:47) 
  • The US has 15x the infection rate than the rest of the world (5:53) 
  • We don’t know if you can get re-infected (6:10) 
  • 2 months after people are released from the hospital, only 12% are totally symptom free (6:50) 
  • The natural response to this virus is very weak (12:33) 
  • Vaccines (14:12) in the works, but most of the population probably won’t get it until summer of 2021 at the earliest (14:29) 
  • You can be contagious eight days before you start to show symptoms (15:32) 
  • Another spike in the fall/winter because we are indoors and the virus travels faster in the cool air (15:47) 
  • Recent spikes due to small gatherings, church, school, etc. (22:45) 

General take-aways regarding the church/worship specifically:

  • Airflow in buildings – recommendation to not use fans, A/C, or heat during worship (17:20) but instead have windows open during worship when possible, wear masks, and be at least six feet apart (19:00)
  • Limit singing; it is like four minutes of an extended cough (19:20) particles are traveling at 24 feet when you cough/sing
  • No instruments that require airflow (20:18) 
  • Limit the number of things that get touched: communion and offering (23:35) take the hymnals out (23:40), limit the number of rooms people can go in (25:05) 
  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the most problematic areas, mark off 6ft in the hallways, one person in bathroom at a time, and wipe down after each use (21:17) 
  • Section about singing: (27:30-29:00) But absolutely no forming in-person choirs of any size for at least another year  
  • Make sure you are looking at consistent data (37:20) 
  • Advent will most likely be virtual, presbytery/PCUSA looking to create whole packages for advent season (41:00)