10:30am - Final Zoom Worship with St Andrew's
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Dear People of Hope,
I am excited to write with the good news that we will begin in person worship at Hope on Sunday July 11th, at 10:30am. This in-person worship service will also be shared on zoom, so anyone may worship from home as well (same zoom link as we have been using).
Our Worship Return Team made this recommendation after considering guidance from the ELCA and our Metro DC Synod, alongside careful consideration of these factors: (1) the number of COVID-vaccinated people in our community; (2) the much lower level of community spread and continuing downward trend; (3) the effectiveness of vaccines in relation to the variants; and (4) the deep desire to worship together in person. My understanding is that almost everyone from Hope’s community who is eligible for the vaccine has received it; it is heartening to see how many people have been vaccinated, and I really encourage those who can but have not yet been vaccinated, to do so. If you have not yet received the vaccine, please reach out to me. I’d love to talk about any concerns and/or connect you to a vaccination location. Still, we recognize that those younger than 12 are not eligible to receive the vaccine—and we do not want to exclude them from worship. Additionally, we know people with compromised immune systems cannot be sure of the vaccine’s efficacy so we remain cautious together.
While nothing is 100% risk-free, we believe that worshiping in our sanctuary, with the windows open or our AC circulating air, with people physically distanced and everyone masked for a time period of less than 1 hour, is very low risk in terms of COVID.
We will observe these protocols through July and August:
1. Everyone over the age of 2 will wear masks throughout indoor worship. Those speaking in front of the congregation may remove masks while they are speaking. They will be at least 12 feet from the congregation. All those speaking will be vaccinated.
2. People will be physically distanced in the sanctuary. Certain pews will be marked for seating or no-seating, to guide our spacing.
3. We ask anyone who does not feel well to stay home.
4. We will keep a list of those in attendance, in the unlikely event that contact tracing is needed. This list will be kept confidential and destroyed when no longer needed (after 3 weeks).
5. Paper bulletins will be available, but you will pick up your own from a table. Offering baskets will not be passed; you may place your offering in a basket as you enter or exit. Or you may continue to give online or by check in the mail. The Sharing of the Peace will be done verbally and as a whole community; we ask that you not hug or shake hands.
6. Music will be led by a pianist and 1-2 singers who will all be vaccinated and masked. Attendees are invited to hum or sway; please refrain from singing along.
7. After the prayers, worshipers will be directed outside to receive Holy Communion. Communion will be blessed and served in professionally packaged individual cups. Vaccinated people will distribute communion.
8. Following communion, you may remove your masks (or keep them on) for conversation outdoors as long as you like.
9. At this point, there is no childcare during worship; children are welcome in the sanctuary and welcome to be fully themselves (quiet or noisy, throughout worship)
Before September, we will release new worship practices, based on developing research and COVID rates in our surrounding area. Our updated practices may include congregational singing, communion indoors, childcare during worship, returning to our traditional 10am time, and perhaps fewer mask and physical-distance requirements. We will see what develops in the coming months.
As excited as many are to return to in-person worship, there are some who will make the choice to continue worshiping online. For now, we will continue zoom worship during in-person worship, to allow for many types of connection. Please be patient as we learn new skills and new technology to accommodate this. We certainly won’t get it all right on the first try but we will keep working at it.
We will continue to offer in person worship, as long as public health conditions allow.
I am grateful to God who has called us to be church and guided us through the past year. And I am grateful to be seeing many of you in person soon.
In the Spirit who holds us all together,
------- Watch our Sunday worship services here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3sPisSvuvo7IhDIFQklbg
------- Watch special music here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUk1vn17qxQPVJzvn4CYm7Q ------- For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website: www.hopecp.org
Final Sunday zoom worship with St Andrew's Sunday June 27, 10:30am
This Sunday we'll celebrate our final worship service with St Andrew's Episcopal Church. We'll reflect on how God has blessed this partnership. If you would like to offer a "faith share" or reflection, please reach out to me, or simply consider what you might share. We'll be especially reflecting on these questions:
What are your grateful for in this partnership?
How have you seen God at work in this partnership?
What are you hopeful for in the future of this partnership?
Father Tim and I will be sharing our reflections on these questions as well.
Vacation Bible School - What is God Like? Saturday July 17, 9:00am - 12:15pm
Children and families are invited to join Vacation Bible School, in person at Hope this July. Activities will be primarily outside, physically distanced, with masks optional for children and adults. Bring a water bottle and wear your swim suit. Families, watch for more information soon. Grown-ups are invited (but not required) to stay with kids for the morning event.
Want to volunteer?
Reach out to Beth in the office
Want to contribute? VBS is looking for donations of:
Tubs to make into drums (oatmeal, pretzel, etc), ideally with lids
Sprinkler and/or slip’n’slide
Plastic easter eggs
Property Development Discernment Process check out the bulletin board for more info:
Recently, Hope's council shared a Property Progress Report by zoom. Leaders shared about hiring lawyers, protecting Hope's interests in this project, learning about zoning regulations, considering affordable housing options, assessing the value of the land, and where we go from here. If you missed the conversation, you'll be able to find the recording on the google drive soon. And please continue praying that the Spirit guides our process.
------- You can continue to find documents and past zoom meeting here. (listen or ask for the password): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eKIHqllVHTMccTVkdvF3Hr1bcfwrfI13?usp=sharing
------- You may also ask questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelxKRBRAHdpWqbPJPq3QbEKp-A_vF8bqBgYjMwA2PbtyhzQw/viewform
Fall Retreat with St Andrews at Shrine Month October 15-17
St Andrew's hosts a regular fall retreat at Shrine Mont Retreat Center in Virginia. This year, Hope is invited to join. Learn more and register yourself here:
Reconciling in Christ PRIDE Resources All June, donate and celebrate
Reconciling Works is the organization that supports Lutheran Churches in being specifically welcoming to LGBT people. In 2017 Hope voted unanimously to adopt this welcoming designation. Reconciling Works is celebrating PRIDE this June and we're invited to participate with donations, raffles, and stories. Learn more here:
Tuesday, June 22, 7pm, Art and Spirituality explores Resistance link shared with registered participants
Wednesday, June 23, 7:30pm, Council Property Check in link shared with council
Sunday June 27, 10:30am Celebratory Zoom Worship with St Andrew's Episcopal Church (final collaborative worship as St Andrew's returns to in-person worship) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/338100220?pwd=dkdBZFhsZmJuWXNEWXNBajk5d1Nudz09
Tuesday June 29, 7pm, Art and Spirituality explores Empowerment link shared with registered participants
Wednesday June 30, 7:30pm, Congregation Council Meeting link shared with council
Sunday July 4, Hope worships online with special music from Alex at the Aspen Music Festival Same zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/338100220?pwd=dkdBZFhsZmJuWXNEWXNBajk5d1Nudz09
Sunday July 11, 10:30am, in person worship at Hope and continued zoom worship indoors at Hope, see safety practices above
Saturday July 17, 9am-12:15pm Vacation Bible School in person, primarily outdoors at Hope
Sunday July 18, Madeline's final Sunday of internship at Hope watch for details
Monday July 19-Monday August 1, Humble Walk trip to the US/Mexico boarder pray for travelers and watch for stories on the blog
Tuesday July 20, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Monday July 26-Saturday July 31, Pastor Julie on vacation contact Beth in the office for any administrative needs
Tuesday August 17, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Saturday September 14, 2:30-4pm, 10th Anniversary Ministry Celebration for Pastor Ray UMD Memorial Chapel
Friday-Sunday October 15-17, St Andrew's Retreat at Shrine Mont