July 4, 2020 Picnic

The July 4th picnic will soon be here and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Valley View park this year.
Due to Covid-19, the July 4th picnic will look a little different. We are trying to keep the essential elements but we do need to do some things a bit differently to mitigate the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus.
For those of you that are thinking about coming, we want to give you the information you need to make informed decisions on how you can best participate in the July 4th picnic in a way that addresses your individual and family safety concerns.

We will be having a potluck this year. Here are some things to consider.

– Anyone with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms should not attend.

– For those with underlying health issues, the July 4th picnic this year might not be a good option for you.

– It is OK for families to bring their own picnic food this year and we want to encourage you to do so if that is the one thing you need to do to feel comfortable to fellowship with others at the park this year.

– This year the potluck serving lines will have plexiglass over the food items.  This sneeze guard is being designed for adults to use (age 13 on up).  Children under the age of 13 can accompany a guardian or parent as long as their height allows the proper functioning of the sneeze guard.  We will only serve on one side of the tables. 

– We suggest that for families that Mom and/or Dad go through the line and pick up family servings of food for their family Amish style and serve their family at the picnic tables.

– We are asking everyone going through the food line to use hand sanitizer before and after the food line.  Please be careful not to touch your face when you are going through the food line.

– Nitrile gloves and face masks will be available for use also if you desire.

– We also ask that 6’ physical distancing be observed between families as you go through the food lines.

– Desserts will be served along with ice cream after the main course potluck.

– We are asking everyone to bring their own drinks this year (non-alcoholic of course).  Bottles of water will be available for those who might forget to bring drinks.
These are the basic guidelines for the July 4th picnic this year.
We want to do everything we can to allow each person to manage their own personal approach to the Covid 19 crisis in a responsible way that also shows Christian love for one another. We ask that everyone go out of their way to show respect for the concerns of everyone else and focus on serving one another in every way possible this year.

Yours in Christ,
Jon Zupke and the General Board Members