An Update from Bishop Benfield
All of us continue to struggle with appropriate responses to the presence of COVID-19 among us, a situation that is taking us into uncharted territory as a church. I am not certain how long this virus will remain virulent among us, but I am certain that as Christians, the second Great Commandment should undergird the responses we make: “love your neighbor as yourself.” In this challenging time, we should find ways to love rather than fear, share rather than hoard.
I want us to take actions that show our concern for others, by both responding to their needs and taking actions that protect us from accidentally infecting others. Here are some pastoral steps you can take:
Your congregation needs to take the following specific actions:
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What It Means and How We Do It
If you haven't already learned the phrase "flatten the curve," it refers to efforts to slow down the rate of spread of COVID-19 so that hospitals and health care services won't be overwhelmed all at once but rather can deal with new cases over an extended period of time. We flatten the curve by slowing transmission and spread by canceling public gatherings, staying at home if at all possible, and maintaining a safe distance between yourself and others if you must go out.
At the request of our bishop, diocesan wide services are suspended until March 31, 2020. We believe that working with others to reduce any transmission of the Coronavirus will speed the process of controlling and working towards eliminating it. Please keep those affected and our whole world in your prayers. There are many choices from the Washington National Cathedral on you tube, as well as praying the Daily Offices from our Book of Common Prayer. God’s all embracing love, peace, and grace!
The Reverend Dr. Marti Dalby+
ALL SERVICES SUSPENDED
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
11 a.m. – Coffee hour
11 a.m. - Morning Prayer
5 p.m. - Contemplative Evening Prayer