Slowly Getting Back to Normal
Buongiorno a tutti, We hope that this little newsletter finds you all well. Before I get into this month's news let me ask you for a favor. Can you please let me know if you receive this? I just recently had someone respond from a newsletter that I sent out several months ago that they just received. I have made no changes to the addresses, but it looks like not everyone is getting our news, so if you'll let me know if you are receiving our newsletters it would be very helpful.
We are doing fine here in the lovely city of Florence, the birthplace of the renaissance (and some people too!). Life is still a little different since the lockdown, but things are getting somewhat back to normal, or we are getting used to our new normal. We still have to wear masks when we go anywhere (Tuscany, the region that Florence is in is unique in that it is one of the few places that is requiring masks outside), but that is just a minor nuisance and we are still very thankful for the freedom to move.
One of the best things about the lockdown being over is we can worship together as a congregation! There are a few members who join us online as they are either older or in poor health and keeping themselves isolated, but for the most part everyone is at the church building. The first Sunday we were able to worship together was just beautiful, and I think we all appreciate the fellowship that we have now just a little more. I've noticed each Sunday that we are spending a little more time chatting with one another before and after services.
One interesting thing that happened before the lockdown ended was that we had two Sundays in which multiple congregations worshipped together on zoom. The first one seemed to be mostly congregations in the North, but it went so well that we all decided to do it again the next week and more congregations participated. I am not sure how many people were involved, but I'm fairly confident there were over 100.