Urbana Campus

9:15 - Masks Optional with Social Distancing

11:00 - Masks Required

Ballenger Campus

10:30 - Masks Required

January 14, 2022 Update

As you know the Frederick County Board of Health met on Dec. 30 and voted to re-instate a mask
mandate for all indoor public gatherings where social distancing is not possible. Subsequently, we as
elders met for a zoom meeting on Dec. 31 to discuss the BOH mandate. At that time, in keeping with
Romans 13:1, we felt a need to respond prior to the Sunday services on Jan. 2, and chose to comply
with the County mandate, asking all worshipers to wear a mask. We did so for we believed that abiding
by the mandate did not compromise our ability to gather and fellowship as the body of Christ, nor did
it require us to compromise our gospel message, which has been, and continues to be, of utmost
importance to us (Romans 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 9:19-23). On January 14, we met for our formal monthly
elder meeting to prayerfully revisit our Dec. 31 decision, review the mandate requirements, and
discuss and weigh in on the issue more at length.

As a result, beginning this Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Urbana campus, masks will now be optional with
social distancing encouraged for the 9:15 am worship service. At the 11:00 am worship service,
however, we will continue to ask those who attend worship to wear a mask. Masks optional with social
distancing will also apply to the children’s program at 9:15 am, whereas at the 11 am program, children
(ages 5 and up) will be expected to wear a mask.

We want you to know that this was a very difficult decision for us, as many decisions have been these
past 22 months. We ask that you continue to pray for us, for our church, and for our witness in our
community during these challenging times. We will take time at our upcoming Congregational Meeting
on Sunday evening, Jan. 30 (7:00-8:30 pm) to share more of our thoughts with you on this decision and
this overall topic, and we hope you will attend. As we walk down this road together, looking to Jesus,
let us continue to seek the interests of others above our own, be humble, and model the mind of Christ
(Philippians 2:3-5).

- The Elders of Mountain View Community Church

p.s. Regarding the Ballenger Campus, since we are leasing space, we must abide with the mask
mandate issued by the theatre. Thus, at this present time, masks continue to be required at the
Ballenger Campus.