Information Regarding Mask Wearing with Hosanna!

Updated after special Congregation Council meeting on Friday, May 14, 2021

As you may have heard, the CDC has revised their mask guidance for vaccinated individuals. As a result, Clay County and KCMO both rescinded their emergency orders on May 14. This leaves us with the freedom to choose how we’d like to proceed as a congregation. Given the short time frame to make informed plans and communicate them with the congregation by Sunday, our Council met this evening and made the following determinations:

Our policies and expectations will remain UNCHANGED for worship this Sunday, May 16, including the expectation that all attendees wear masks.

The council will convene again this coming week on May 19 to consider revisions to our policies and communicate them in time for worship on May 23. 

We value your perspective and would like to hear your thoughts regarding mask requirements and several options for helping all who are attending in-person worship to feel reasonably comfortable. Members and regularly attending non-members are invited to complete a survey by printed insert in Sunday’s bulletin OR online here by noon on Wednesday, May 19. The feedback received will be considered at our May 19 meeting.

If you would like to have conversation with someone in addition to or in place of the survey, you are welcome to speak with me (816-781-7991 or pastormike@hosannalutheranchurch.org) or any of our Council members:  Robert Hall, Tony Belcher, Janeen Bollhoefer, Mike Plesko, Beth Schoening, Ben Oprinovich, Mary Kunkel, Jane Gibbs, Jeanine Stubbs.  Contact information can be found in the church directory or by calling the church office at 816-781-7991.  

I understand that not everyone will be happy or comfortable that we are considering changing mask requirements. I also understand that others feel a change is long overdue and won’t be happy that we’re not changing this Sunday. Having a diversity of perspectives is hard, but it is what makes us better together. The Council and I are doing our best to weigh all these perspectives and seek solutions that work for us together as a community.

Thank you for your patience, your understanding, and your care for one another. 

Pastor Mike

Want to know more about local statistics?  View up-to-date data on Clay County's COVID-19 Hub.