Good (very late) evening or morning depending on what time you read this note beloved Walker Chapel family,
Pastor Lynne hasn't proof read this for me, so I apologize in advance for typos. I have been praying mightily for all of you as I know many of you are for me-- as I know this was an especially hard week for many of us. I apologize for the Chapel Notes being delayed this week, the fault for that rests on no one, but me, and maybe the pandemic. I also apologize for hijacking our email list just to speak from the heart for a moment, but I sort of really need it, as I am sure you many of your do too -- tho the story isn't about me. As some of you know, but all of you should, as to some degree this week I felt that in answering my lifelong call to serve God by fighting to improve the public health, that I am failing to serve our church as effectively as I have grown used to during my time (officially one year!) on staff. I am working, in addition to my job at the Chapel, temporarily for Arlington County as a contractor on the public health department's COVID 19 response -- as a supervisor at the Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) testing site that was designed to serve the entire county but with a focus on our most vulnerable neighbors. Without going too deep into detail, the last week was very trying and yesterday and today that was especially so for a myriad reasons. Providentially, many of you at Walker Chapel who have been asking to "do something" (at time when "doing something" is incredibly complicated) kindly provided donuts and coffee from Good Company Donuts and Cafe (a great veteran owned, civic minded business in Ballston that I *highly* recommend) to the AMCC staff today which made what was, by far, frankly one of our hardest days mentally and physically, so much easier to bear. So thank you, on behalf of health care workers and those fighting this virus everywhere. It means more than you know!
That said, I will have a crisper, more thorough note for you tomorrow after worship on how to contribute to the Advent Offering (which is more important now than ever), how to celebrate this season (thank you Dawn for putting together a wonderful Advent devotional for us. I have benefited from it immensely this week), and our initiative to simplify our leadership structure (read more here), among other many important items.
Again, I appreciate your patience and grace during this time and look forward to worship with you all tomorrow. I hope to to see more photos of your at-home Advent wreaths in the coming weeks but for now please enjoy this one sent to me by my Mom in Western Maryland. We purchased it together at Jo-Ann Fabrics many years ago and we are very excited to share it with you all!