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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.