Grace Episcopal Church 
Weekly Update
February 23, 2021
An Update from Emily

It's hard to believe but we are coming up on a year since COVID hit and we had to change how we worship and how we go about our daily lives: from work and school, to social events and travel. It has been a year that has required our resiliency, patience, and faith. The good news is that as vaccines become more readily available and we continue social distancing, the number of active cases is starting to decline across the United States.

With that in mind, the Diocese has given us revised guidance on when we will be able to regather. As soon as the number of reported infections reaches less than 25 per 100,000 individuals, we will be allowed to worship outside. When we reach 10 or less in reported infections, we may consider having indoor worship. In addition, we will wait until we see 3 consecutive weeks of acceptable numbers before making the determination to regather.

The Bishop's Remarks on these new measures may be found here.
In addition, you may review the reported caseload here.

We look at the surrounding counties where our parishioners live and work to determine when it is safe for Grace to regather. As I write this, our current numbers are:

Goochland - 19.8
Henrico - 25
Louisa - 12.5
Powhatan - 31.3
Richmond - 25.5

These numbers are hopeful and I am sure they may bring you a little bit of sunshine during these winter days. Please pray that our infection rate continues to decrease and that weather continues to improve. I am optimistic that with this trend, we may be able to gather in person, outside in the very near future. For now, please continue to gather online and stay safe.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Sunday Sermon

Participate Pray Prepare Ponder Proclaim

Join Emily each Thursday in Lent as we build a meaningful Lenten practice that will help us embody Christ's love in our daily lives. Following our Lenten devotional that was sent out the congregation, we will work together to create practices that illumine this season of reflection, repentance, and redemption.

No preparation is needed. We will meet on Thursday, February 25th at 10am. All are welcome.

Please use this link each week to join our Zoom gathering:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88690558489?pwd=bHJjaUJvaTdmL1cvMjY4R3J0Qk00Zz09

Meeting ID
886 9055 8489

From your phone
+1 301 715 8592

Passcode
724006
This Sunday at a Glance

Sunday Worship on Facebook Live at 10 am

Lectionary Readings for February 28, 2021
Mark 8:31-38
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25