Dear Friends in Christ,
I am writing to you regarding a few things that are going on.
First and foremost, our Sunday worship hours, after some suggestions, will be changing. We will continue to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on Saturday evening at 5 pm; however, the Sunday morning service will change to 10 am. This schedule will begin this weekend – Saturday, June 27 at 5 pm and Sunday, June 28 at 10 am.
There is also another change. With more and more information becoming available and the spread of COVID-19 that was reportedly spread from a church in Franklin County last week, I will be celebrating the Eucharist on the steps of the Church and I ask those who would prefer to worship outdoors, to bring their own chairs. Others are still welcome to sit in Benedict Hall. I will have to coordinate that, but you should be able to hear Martha play the piano in both locations.
My number one concern is your safety.
I want to thank Randy Mims for allowing us to use his speakers so everyone can hear the entire service. And, although we are experiencing a few technical difficulties, I want to thank Grady Escobar for agreeing to film our Saturday service.
I want you to know that Shannon is now back in the office on a part-time basis working from 9 am -12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Also, the painting of the church’s interior has been delayed but should begin around Independence Day.
I refer you to the form attached to this newsletter, and the article elsewhere in this edition of the
Do you live alone, and should something happen to you, how would your
loved ones or neighbors receive that information? A few weeks ago,
a former parishioner of mine in Maryland, suffered a heart attack and
when his wife found him, she had a stroke. After not being seen for a
while, neighbors called authorities who then broke down the door
and rescued the wife, but her husband passed away.
Please look at this
that can be kept on file at the church, and fill it out, so that your faith community may be of service … just in case of emergency.
In these times, let us be prepared
Finally, as we prepare to prepare to celebrate Independence Day, let us pray for our Nation and those asking for change:
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country
won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom
for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land
may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.