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Beloved Siblings in Christ,
Here we are, just a few weeks away from our big reopening, and there is so much to do! We're making plans for a safe reopening with social distancing and masks required, we've ordered donuts for a return to coffee hour (join us on the promenade after services!), and our volunteer ministry coordinators have lined up acolytes, oblationers, ushers and lectors. There's a buzz in the air and we can't wait to see you in-person. (If you would like to serve on Sundays, you can learn more here.)
We know some folks will not be quite ready to return to service in-person, and we understand that decision. We will continue to stream a pre-recorded service, but, beginning May 23rd, the service will be streamed at 11:00am on Facebook. We will record the 9:00am in-person service until we have the Cox fiber needed to live-stream.
It's so exciting to see the church calendar beginning to fill up. Make sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
May 9 - New Hope Sunday at all services
May 12 - Adult Choir rehearsals begin, 7:00pm (Please contact Casey Cantwell before attending rehearsal if you are new to choir.)
May 23 - First inside in-person services at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00, and 11:05am in the Church Down Under
May 30 - Trinity Sunday and Parish Picnic. Bring your own chair and enjoy grilled treats prepared by the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence, 12:05pm
May 30 - Unity Faith Day at all services. A statewide unity program to reflect on the history of the Greenwood District in conjunction with the 2021 Commemoration.
June 5 - Rite-13 rehearsal dinner, 4:00-6:00pm
June 6th - Rite-13 liturgy, 9:00am (7th & 8th graders who have turned 13 in the last two years. Contact Becky Moseman to learn more.)
July 19 - Vacation Bible School Starts. Register here
July 19 - Acting Camp Starts. Register here
Don't forget to sign the community covenant if returning to in-person worship. You can do it online here, or fill in a paper copy on-site. We are counting on you to help us make this transition as smooth and safe as possible! For more information about our reopening, visit our FAQ page on the website, or contact Hannah Middlebrook.
Remember, the church building may be (mostly) closed, but the church is definitely open!