Looking forward to the renewal of in-person services once the coronavirus situation has passed.
Statement of Virginia Synod Bishop Humphrey on May 22nd
I am confident you and your leaders are being faithful and exercising the caution needed in this pandemic to keep those who worship with you as safe as possible.
It may be helpful to remind one another that following the President’s message today, Friday (5.22.20), urging the re-opening of places of faith this weekend, the White House Press Secretary clarified that returning to in-person worship should still be considered only by following the careful restrictions and procedures offered in the newest CDC guidelines, (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/…/faith-based.html). The CDC guidelines are consistent with those our Commonwealth, Virginia Synod and ELCA have offered, (https://www.vasynod.org/gathering-again/).
Therefore, to be clear, and hopefully reassuring, the Virginia Synod, ELCA Office of the Bishop’s guidance on when to gather again in-person remains the same: that for the safety of all, we should refrain from gathering in-person through the “Forward Virginia” Phase 1 and 2… and possibly longer.
Thanks be to God, thousands of us have indeed been gathering for worship and prayer online throughout this crisis, in many cases more frequently and in greater number than before the pandemic, (not to mention gathering online for study, fellowship, meetings and serving). Our church is indeed “essential” and we have been “open” all along.
May our Lord’s risen presence inspire you and all who gather with you for worship as we celebrate the Ascension and Pentecost, …and always! —Bishop Bob Humphrey
Recurring Events – post-coronavirus
Every third Sunday of the month. Blood Pressure Screening! A nurse will be available in the Health Ministry office to take blood pressures. Stop by the office (across from the Kitchen) and have yours checked today!
Food fosters fellowship! Many have expressed a desire for time together in the
Gathering Space between worship services. Set-up and clean-up are needed, along with snack food that can be purchased or made. We are looking for someone to coordinate this ministry with the help of others! If you are interested, please mark the green sheet.