From the Rector's Desk
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
Rector, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Dear People of St. Columba's,

As the world reacts and readjusts in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so has St. Columba’s. Our mission to Live God’s Love is now more important than ever. St. Columba's continues to be the pastoral line and faith community that we have always been, just in new and innovative ways. For example: 

Last Sunday: 

  • Ledlie engaged in a Bible Reflection on Facebook Live
  • Amy Molina-Moore hosted our first Facebook Live Family Service; and 
  • David Griswold hosted a Zoom conference meeting with 15 others for Bible, Coffee and Conversation

Upcoming Events:
Rest assured, we are still planning Easter services.
Our clergy and staff are also working to meet parishioners in need where they are. All of our staff members remain employed and are working from home. Our ministry work is continuing as best as we are able. For example, we now offer takeout lunch for our Water Ministry program for those most vulnerable, and other ministries are creating ways to connect parishioners of every age.

While most of our expenses are for staff (or basic physical plant costs), we are working to reduce expenses where possible, such as by reducing our utility and cleaning costs while the building is closed. And we aren't buying any donuts!

In this difficult time, where fear and anxiety are high, sustaining our ministry, and this important community, is more important than ever. It has never been about the bricks and mortar, and we will not let the physical obstacles prevent us from Living God’s Love today.

But to do that, we urgently need your ongoing financial support.
 
The weekly plate offering is a significant portion of our revenue, so we ask that you please consider fulfilling your pledge at your earliest convenience, or setting up an online, recurring payment to do so. And if you are able, please consider increasing your support. It will make a big difference as we navigate these difficult waters ahead. It will help ensure our programs can continue in their new adjusted format, and we can resume at full strength when our building is reopened.   

To“Give Once” or “Give Multiple Times” 

Finally, this is a changing situation by the day. We welcome your ideas on how we can best fulfill our mission in this new era. We will continue to adapt as needed. If there are ways that we can be a support to you, please let us know at  pastoral@columba.org .

In deep gratitude,
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, Rector
Tim Massad, Vestry Treasurer