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Weekly Update

Summer Slow-Down

With the conclusion of the school year and the warming of temperatures typically comes a shift in tempo for many. Though I can sense some shift momentum, I confess that things don’t feel quite as typical as they do in most other years. We’re all still hesitant about that which we need, that which feels safe, and that which will have to wait a while longer. My hope for each of you—whether your summer pace is dictated by children’s school schedules or simply the weight of the summer heat—is that you will be gentle with yourself. Take time to ask yourself about that which you need most, and why. Do not hesitate to be generous in caring for yourself, as you might encourage a loved one to do. The words below from Meister Eckhart are a beautiful reminder of all that has yet to be discovered. 

    Apprehend God in all things,
    for God is in all things.

    Every single creature is full of God,
    and is a book about God.

    Every creature is a word of God.

    If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, 
    even a caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon.  

    So full of God is every creature.


You are loved. You are missed. You are a blessing. 

Beth  

Worship for Sunday, June 27

 

Worship at 8 AM on the lawn: 

  • In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines that the vaccinated do not need to mask outdoors, we will no longer require masks for outdoor services. Please be thoughtful when approaching others and responsive of personal needs to maintain distance or wear a mask. 
 

Worship at 10 AM in the sanctuary: 

  • Following the lifting of distancing requirements, we will not limit the capacity for this service. We will invite you to be thoughtful in choosing the proximity of a seat to your neighbor. 
  • To maximize airflow, the auxiliary fan will run constantly during this service. New this week: we will ensure the air conditioning is on and cooling the space. Due to the size of our sanctuary making distancing a challenge, we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask as a courtesy to those who are not yet eligible for a vaccine.
 

Virtual Worship, 10 AM from the sanctuary: 

  • We will continue to make available a virtual option for those who prefer to worship remotely. This service will become less interactive, though still a Zoom meeting that invites participants to worship alongside those present in the sanctuary. 
  • This service will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel after the fact. 10 AM Liturgy of the Word Live on Zoom 
    Join Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82953003225
    (301) 715 8592
    Meeting ID: 829 5300 3225
Please check our website for more details about what to expect at each service. 

Children’s Offering 

This is the final week that virtual lessons and accompanying activities focused on Compassion: Learning to Love Like God, will be available on a weekly basis. This content will be made available in the Sunday morning worship emails, and on our YouTube Channel.

Volunteer with AFAC

Sign up here for a Saturday afternoon volunteer opportunity at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) warehouse. Join us on Saturday, July 3 from 12:30–2:30 PM. Volunteers will meet at the AFAC warehouse to bag produce, rice, beans for later distribution to clients. Volunteers must be at least twelve years old, wear close-toed shoes, and a hat or hair net.

Memorial Service for Senator John Warner

Many of you may know that Beth's mother, Susan Magill, served for many years as Chief of Staff to Senator John Warner, and the families have remained close over the years since his retirement from the Senate. Before he died, Senator Warner requested that the Reverend Beth Franklin officiate at his memorial service. The service was held on Wednesday, June 23 at Washington National Cathedral. President Biden spoke, along with Admiral Michael Mullen and Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The link to the service can be found here

Caroline Haynes, Senior Warden

Shrine Mont Family Camps

Family Weekends occur every Wednesday–Sunday throughout the month of July. The daily program will include a mixture of organized activities for people of all ages, simple and accessible worship services, and a collection of activities that families can do independently. This is a chance to take a mini-vacation to the mountains with fun opportunities available but nothing required. At Shrine Mont, family looks like many things—so this is a great opportunity for grandparents to "camp" with their grandchildren, for friendship groups to "camp" together on a friend-cation, or for any group of people to come together. Abundant scholarships are available! More information is available here.

Hymn Sing

On Sunday, July 11, at 4 PM, join us for a congregational hymn-sing to sing to enjoy the hymns we have missed over the past year and a half. Please fill out this form to let our Music Minister, Noel Warford, know what hymns you would like to sing!
What:     Parish Celebration for Beth & Nic
When:    Sunday, June 27, 2021
Time:     4:00 to 5:30 PM
Where:   St. Michael's Lawn
               (parish hall if bad weather)

Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics 

Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering walk-in vaccine clinics to individuals ages 16 and up this week. No appointments required.

For XYZ 

With the renewed possibility of in-person gatherings, XYZ will meet once a month moving forward, alternating between virtual and in-person gatherings. In July, we will gather on Zoom. Our hope is to gather in person to resume our potluck gatherings in August. Join us on Thursday, July 1, at 1:30 PM. All are welcome, especially seniors. Computer usage is not necessary, as you may participate by dialing in on a phone. Details to connect are below. 

Time: July 1, 2021 01:30 PM 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/312759905
To dial in: +1 301 715 8592 
Meeting ID: 312 759 905

Creative Giving

During this time of separation, we are tremendously grateful to everyone who has submitted their offering through creative means. We are still checking the mail and would be happy to receive your contribution. Please know that we are making deposits less frequently than normal to attend to the safety of our counters. This means there may be a more significant lag than normal in the time it takes for a contribution to clear your bank account. You may also submit a donation through online giving. We are grateful for this faithful generosity, which remains essential to our mission. 
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