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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
October 28, 2020

Greetings, CHLC family and friends,

I had not expected to have to share such news, but I must report that our first in-person worship service originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, November 1, will have to be postponed. On Friday, I was exposed to a friend - for about 30 minutes, unmasked - who has tested positive for Covid19. He has very mild symptoms and is doing well.
I have had no symptoms at all, but the health department has encouraged me to quarantine for 14 days since last Friday (Oct. 23). That takes me to Friday, November 6 before I can be out and about. I am currently working at home, masked every waking hour and limiting my time in the presence of my family. This is particularly disheartening since I was looking forward to working the polls for election day and was supposed to preach at Seminary chapel next week as well.

There will be some kind of live-streamed worship service this coming Sunday for All Saints Day. I took a Covid19 test yesterday in anticipation of a positive result for my friend.. I should receive my result in the next couple of days. If I am positive, Sundays service will be some kind of short liturgy/devotion time that I live-stream and video on my laptop at home. If I am negative I may be able to do something in the sanctuary, but it will not be with a congregation present.

Regardless of the result, my hope is that we can move our first indoor worship to Sunday, November 8, just one week later than originally planned.

This Sunday is All Saints Sunday - and regardless of how our worship looks, we will remember those beloved Saints from our congregation who entered the Church Triumphant since last All Saints: Tom Clouse, Dan and Eda Jane Spivey, Dave McKean, Matt and Nancy Davies, Jim Spruance and Marlene Kelley. If you have other family or friends outside of the congregation who passed this year, please get those names to me through email or other communication.

If all proceeds to plan, our congregation will have a meeting immediately after worship (10:30) on November 22 for the budget and council membership. You can join either in person, or virtually on Zoom. I will be sending out instructions on how to join by Zoom - either on your computer or your telephone - next week with the proposed budget and other information regarding the business of the day.

Attached to this email is the Bellringer newsletter for November - there is plenty in there about serving on council, lots of holiday in-gatherings, our congregation's 100th nniversary, and even purchasing poinsettias for Christmas!! It will be here before you know it.

I will be having a video update after I find out my Covid19 test result. I will also send out a worship bulletin when it is determined what the service will be like.

Peace and blessings!