Beloved Family in Christ,
Earlier this week, Fr. Lee announced that we will not reopen this Sunday, July 12th. With the quickly increasing numbers of Covid-19 infections in the state, the clergy, vestry, wardens and staff determined it was just not safe to bring us together again in person. "There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: A right time for birth and another for death, a right time to plant and another to reap, a right time to kill and another to heal, a right time to destroy and another to construct, a right time to cry and another to laugh, a right time to lament and another to cheer, a right time to make love and another to abstain, a right time to embrace and another to part, a right time to search and another to count your losses, a right time to hold on and another to let go, a right time to rip out and another to mend, a right time to shut up and another to speak up, a right time to love and another to hate, a right time to wage war and another to make peace." Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1-8 This is not the time to come together. The response to this decision has been overwhelmingly positive, and we thank you all for caring so much for your fellow parishioners. So where does that leave us? Honestly, we have a lot of unanswered questions, ourselves. We so desperately want to see everyone, and welcome people in to the building. But we also want to ensure our staff - that's comprised, in part, of folks who are over 65, those with underlying health issues, and parents of dependent children - are safe. Likewise, we want to make sure we don't encourage our parishioners to get out in public when the numbers continue to climb. As we see other area churches closing with rising Covid-19 numbers after the resumption of services, want to ensure that doesn't become our story, too. But, we will continue to work through options and make decisions with discerning hearts.
Thank you for your loving support. In Christ, The Clergy & Staff of Trinity Episcopal Church +