Dear Good Shepherd family,
I am writing to inform you that Bishop Mariann has directed that churches in the Diocese of Washington be closed until
May 16th. There is a link to the bishop's letter below. Therefore, we will continue not having rehearsals, meetings, worship services or other ministry activities in the church building during this time.
This action is being taken in accordance with the recently issued guidelines from the CDC. One effect of this pastoral direction from Bp. Marian is that our observance of Holy Week and Easter will be very different this year. Our wardens, our vestry and I will be having conversations in the coming weeks to determine exactly what our observance of Holy Week and Easter will look like so please stay tuned. Also, if you have suggestions or thoughts about this, please be in touch.
Please be assured that you all continue to be in my prayers and I remain with you in Spirit even as it is not possible to be physically together. Remember that my mobile number is 202-491-4340 and my email is
and feel free to be in touch via text, phone or email if you have questions, need someone to pray with or someone to talk to. Also, please keep being deliberate about keeping touch with each other and praying for one another.
Bishop Mariann will be presiding and preaching at a virtual worship service on Sunday, March 22 at 11:15am on the Washington National Cathedral site. I will be celebrating the Eucharist and discussing the readings on Facebook Live on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:30. I encourage you to join these virtual worship opportunities as way of remaining connected to one another and the wider Church. Finally, we continue to provide updates via email and on Good Shepherd's website and Facebook page.
Finally, as I said to you in my first note about our response to COVID-19, remember that as Christians we have not been given a Spirit of Fear. Our default setting is hope. So, don't panic, continue praying for our leaders and for one another and keep up the hand washing.