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Wide Open doors.
Wide Open hearts.
Re-Entry Committee Update
CHT Re-Entry Committee Update - Week of 06/04/21
 
Getting closer to in-person worship! We continue to be on track for a gradual return to in-person services, beginning with the 11:00 am service, on Sunday, June 13. This past week, the Vestry was able to participate in a “dress rehearsal” of the different operational steps we need to take to ensure our community and staff remain safe, and we learned a lot! A few reminders:

CAPACITY LIMITS: To allow for continued mitigation protocols required by the Diocese and the City of Philadelphia, seating will be limited to 25 households, in addition to helpers, readers, staff, and choir. Children attending the services will remain with their families during the entirety of the worship. Childcare will not be provided at this time.

REGISTRATION: Those wishing to attend services on June 13th and later will be asked to register one week in advance. This can be done by using a link provided each week via email, using the Realm app, or calling the church by Wednesday before the service. We will have an on-site registration process on Sundays only if space is available.

HELPERS NEEDED: Thanks to everyone that responded to our survey and offering to help with our live-streamed in-person services. We will contact those who have registered for a specific service to help us with various aspects of setting up worship and getting settled.

Looking forward to seeing you (in person!) soon.
Worship in the Digital World
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
 A Service of Holy Communion
Live Streamed from the Church
11:00 am
To participate in Worship: Click here
We will be living streaming worship at 11:00 am on Sundays on Facebook Live. You will be able to view this worship at any time after it uploads. The video will be at the top of the page (under posts) when you click the link above. Click here for a digital bulletin.
Candlelight
Compline Services
Join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for Candlelight Compline Service. Take a 10-minute break to end the day in quiet and prayer.
Click Here for Compline Service.

Morning Prayer
Weekdays
9:00 am
Monday-Friday

Join us each morning online for live
and interactive morning prayer.
Click Here to participate.

BYOC Coffee Hour
in the Square
Sundays in 2021
12:15 PM EDT – 1:30 PM EDT
Come and join us. BYO coffee, tea, water, or whatever, for a socially distanced gathering with friends. Bring a mask and look for the banner in the Square across from the church.
Children, Youth and Families
Children and Youth
Sunday Zooms 
Contact Soozung Rankin, Program Director at srankin@htrit.org with questions or to get on the family listserve. Following Safeguarding our Children best practice, Soozung will send families password-protected Zoom links prior to Sunday’s Zoom sessions. Zoom sessions last about 40 minutes. We love seeing you in our Zoom Rooms!

Summer Programming
We will follow the same model as last summer and meet on Zoom once a month for a check-in. There will also be some Diocesan service opportunities and youth gatherings. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 10, 2021, 1 – 4p, Summer Youth Jam (aged 13+) with the Bishop Gutierrez. Following COVID protocol, there will be food and music and plenty of time with our Bishop!
2p “The Teen Compass”
Sunday, May 30, 2021 
6th Grade and Up
4p “CHT Kids Connect”
Sunday, May 30, 2021 
5th Grade and Younger
Children’s Music 
Sunday, May 30, 2021 
Join us for ringing, singing, and rhythm-making!

Children of all ages, join at 4p for the first 10 minutes of the 4p "CHT Kids Connect" Zoom for synchronous music-making. At about 4:15p, we will dismiss our toddlers.
Virtual Art Show
Theme is “Reflect”
Goes Live in June 2021
Exact date TBA
If you have a piece to submit, please contact Soozung Rankin at srankin@htrit.org. As of Sunday, May 30th, we have 29 entries. It’s not too late to submit!
CHT Puppet Story Time
Premieres 12p Noon Mondays. All episodes available on-demand as a series on our church FB. For the youngest members of our church family and for the young at heart of all ages.
Episode 54 CHT Puppet Story Time
Soozung and CHT read What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
This Week in Quarantine
Word of the Week: Transitions
By The Rev. Rachel Gardner

“The Lord Himself is who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don't be afraid. Don't be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:18)

There was a saying where I grew up, if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour, things are bound to change. I think it’s the same around here. 

There are times, like this last year, or the first year of having a baby, or when the days just seem so long that we are sure this one moment in time will last forever. Sometimes it even feels like it is lasting forever. But it never does. Things always change, even when we want them to stay the same. 

When we enter a moment of change, we are in a transition – moving from one thing to another, but not quite there yet. These moments of transition can be stressful because we are leaving what we know and not yet to where we will be, so things are fuzzy. Fuzziness and living in the unknown are uncomfortable. Sometimes in these moments, we make decisions just to get it over with or are quick to move on just to feel less anxious. Sometimes that is the right move. But sometimes, waiting just a little while in that fuzzy unknowing can lead to places we might not have looked before.

In scripture, God doesn’t promise everything will be the same or that we will not need to go through transitions. Instead, God promises presence, like our quote from Deuteronomy says. God will be with us, will not fail us or forsake us. When God’s people wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, transitioning from slavery to freedom, God was always before them, providing sustenance when they were starving, order when they were falling apart, a light in the darkness. When Abraham and Sarah left their homeland to look for the place God was calling them to go, they survived on the presence and promise of God. We, too, as we enter transitions, have God’s powerful, loving, and sustaining presence with us. 

I find that when I am in these moments, my prayers also go through a transition. I shift from talking to God or asking for things, to listening. Sometimes, in these moments I don’t even have words, just silence. And if I can center myself, and take a break from all the worries, I can find moments of connection with God and through that, direction. I have to take the steps down the path that God is setting before me, but when I am open to hear and see, the path can be revealed.

As we all move into another new way of being, take some time to reflect and listen; to feel God’s presence and faithfulness in your life. 
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