Since the beginning of March, I have been checking in regularly with health care professionals in our congregation to get their input on what activities they think are and are not safe for the church to be doing as this pandemic has progressed. One of those people is
Dr. Tom Hodge.
Tom is an immunovirologist who has spent his career in academia as well as 20+ years at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta studying viruses such as Ebola, SARS, Zika, and others. Despite technically being retired, he is now actively involved in research and consulting with pharmaceutical companies pursuing a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.
I mention this because if you are like me it is growing increasingly difficult to sift through the avalanche of information and news reports being published each day of this pandemic. Almost by the hour, it seems to get harder and harder to figure out what warrants our attention and what does not. As such, I thought it might be helpful to sit down with someone like Tom and
videotape a conversation
that we could then share with all of you and with our wider community. So yesterday, Tom and I sat down on the playground veranda to talk about all things coronavirus…
- How is this different than other viruses?
- When and where should we be wearing masks?
- Advice for teachers and parents preparing for start of school year?
- Forecast on what the next 6-8 months might look like?
The video of our conversation is provided below. Feel free to share with anyone you think might benefit from listening and learning. And a big thank you to Tom Hodge for taking time to sit outside on a hut muggy July afternoon and sweat through an interview with his pastor!
Switching gears, the renovation of our Sanctuary and Ashantilly Wing continues in earnest. Concrete for the new chancel has been poured, work on the trim and ceilings is happening, and painting is underway. To that end, the Building Committee is excited to invite you to join us for a
Renovation Tour Day on Saturday, August 8.*
Members of the building committee will be present on that day to discuss the project with each group and answer questions. As part of each tour, participants will also be invited to write a message or prayer on the concrete slab of the sanctuary using markers that will be provided. These written blessings will form the literal and figurative
foundation for our new worship and mission space even after they are covered by the new flooring that will soon be installed.
Finally, with thanksgiving for the gift of life and trust in Christ's resurrection, we share news of the death of
two long-time members of St. Simons Presbyterian in recent days: Kenneth "Skip" Knight and Janie Marquess. As we give thanks for the faith and love of these two special people, I invite you to also be holding in prayer Wilma Knight (Skip’s wife) as well as Anne and Joe Camp (Janie’s daughter and son-in-law) who are also members of our church. We pray too for all those in our church family who are currently sick, hospitalized, lonely, struggling, or grieving the death of loved ones. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers…
Stay healthy. See you Sunday. Invite a friend to join us online.