Hard to believe it was twenty-two weeks ago that we began tuning into on-line worship. Over the weeks we have done our best to create worship experiences that are relevant and meaningful. The work of this challenge has stretched us and pushed us to learn new ways of connecting with each other and trusting technology to help us “see” one another during this strange and challenging time.
Some of you may be wondering if and when we will return to the Chapel for in-person worship. This is understandable because we miss one another! Our Bishop and working Cabinet have prepared a technical assistance manual for local churches so that there is a clear protocol for worship or any kind of gathering, inside or outside. In addition, each church is required to create a healthy church team charged with enforcing the rules, requirements and protocols for being together safely.
Our fearless lay leader James Wright and others on our HCT (healthy church team) are working to create plans that meet the stated requirements. In addition, our Bishop has communicated to us that even after we return to our sanctuaries, we are to continue offering on-line worship so that those who are most vulnerable are included. This is a good thing because it also means that the online ministry of the Chapel can continue to grow!
Our vision and facilities team and other church leaders have created a technology plan that will enable us to stream our worship services once we are back in the Chapel. It won’t surprise you that this plan will require a financial investment from us as well as a fair amount of sweat equity! (we plan to install the equipment ourselves)
Our finance team is working on a plan to raise the money needed to bring about these improvements. You will be hearing from Finance team leader Christiane Roehler and her team very soon but I would encourage you to join Herb and me in “going ahead” and offering a financial gift to jump start the campaign! The sooner we move ahead the sooner we can reap the benefits of streaming worship from the Chapel!
I hope that in the midst of this pandemic, your Spirits are remaining strong and hopeful. I would say though, that it is perfectly natural to experience times of frustration and despair. St. Paul told the people of Corinth that in our weakness, the strength of Christ moves in! When we allow God’s strength to dwell in us, the stronger we become.
Please know that I pray for you and your loved ones continually. You are in my heart and prayers. I hope you will help me know how I can best support and encourage you in this time. It continues to be my JOY to be your pastor.
Rev. Dr. Lynne Alley-Grant
Please pray for the family of Beverly Edwards who transitioned to home eternal on the evening of August 6, 2020. Beverly was at home surrounded by her family. Please keep watch for the details for a Chapel and graveside service celebrating her life.
First harvest from the Hands of God garden!
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Snail mail your tithe and offerings to 4102 North Glebe Rd.; Arlington, VA 22207