The vestry met earlier this week, and we talked about the state of the pandemic. We wish the virus numbers would continue to fall at the rate they did in January and February. We are at a frustrating moment as we wait for better news. Still, I am encouraged that so many of the congregation are reporting that they have been vaccinated or have been able to schedule appointments. (If that isn’t you yet, I pray the day comes soon. We have some seasoned appointment finders in the congregation, read below if you need help).
The vestry and I remain committed that our primary worship will remain online worship for the next several months. We are also convinced it is time to start making more in-person opportunities available. We have planned in-person outdoor services at 4pm on Palm Sunday and 6am on Easter. Those services will be different than our past “drive in” services. At both services we ask you to bring lawn chairs, to stay socially distanced and masked, but we will be able to see one another, to wave and say hello. On Palm Sunday, we’ll be gathering for the first time in Mooney Park, just across from the church. (Kudos to our Director of Operations for persisting with the UCity Parks department and finally getting us a permit). We also have the opportunity to visit the church for Good Friday, to pray at the foot of the cross.
I am encouraged to see how many folks have signed up for these opportunities. The clergy really look forward to them. Frankly for us it is a privilege to catch up with folks and to pray with you. If you’re not ready yet, that is okay. We will take these steps slowly, intentionally, and safely. After Easter I hope to have more announcements about ways we will continue the slow walk forward, more in person options will be available, so that when you are ready, the church will be ready for you to come and worship.