We are in Ordinary Time after Pentecost

Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~A Prayer in Times of Distress (BCP)

What a time to be the Church. The Spirit is before us. Jesus is King of the World. We are not ceasing from being the church–how could we? The Spirit of God has made us who we are. We will be in this new place as God’s people. And we will love God’s world with courageous love.

 

How We Will Meet

Other than the first Sunday of the month (when we will meet outdoors at the Waldorf School Pavilion at 9 a.m.), we will meet online via Zoom. Here is the link to our public gathering space. And here is a detailed guide providing all the instructions for Zoom via computer or phone. Our Sunday morning worship will be recorded each week and shared on Sunday evenings on our Facebook page.

Our liturgy guide for this Sunday: Morning Worship | August 2                

 

Upcoming Gatherings

This Sunday (August 2), our Sunday morning worship will be at 9:00 a.m. We will have two options for worship: in-person worship at the Waldorf School pavilion and online worship at our regular All Souls Zoom link.

If you plan to attend the in-person worship at the Waldorf School on Sunday morning, please carefully read the following guidelines and instructions before arriving on Sunday morning, so that you know what we are all agreeing to based on CDC and local guidelines: All Souls Worship at Waldorf

Also, if you plan to attend and have not yet signed-up,  please do so HERE by this Thursday. Please bring your own chairs (there is no seating available at the Waldorf pavilion), please plan to wear a mask the entire time(everyone age 5+), please print and bring this week’s Liturgy Guide and please plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. so that our ushers can have everyone safely seated by 9:00 a.m. 

This will be Winn’s final Sunday with us. We want to assure everyone that the entire service at the pavilion will be available over zoom in real time. Everyone will be together, some in-person and some over zoom, but we will all be worshiping with one another. We know that none of this is ideal, and we look forward to the day when we are all physically together again. Please feel free to reach out to Evan with any questions regarding worship on Sunday. If you need communion supplies in advance (either via delivery or drive-through ahead of time) please sign-up HERE.

 

Our Future Plan in Phases

We have laid out plans for a careful movement towards more embodiment. More details will follow, but here are our three phases.

Phase 1: We have recently made available an option for Summer Communities for 6 (see in the following section) ,which are small gatherings of roughly 6 people, who will meet once/month over the summer, either in person or online. We recognize that, with the resurgence of Covid cases across the country, individual interest in these groups will be mixed. That’s OK. Our hope is to try and provide a deepend layer of connection for those who are hungry for it. This will be unfolding during the month of July. During July we are also encouraging existing small communities to pursue connection of some kind. Basically, July is a month to begin thinking about reconnecting in small ways. If you wish to be part of Summer Communities for 6, please email Marcy and indicate ‘Zoom’ or ‘In Person’.

Phase 2: Beginning on August 2nd, we are hoping to start a once/month gathering for worship IN PERSON. We have reserved the outdoor pavilion at the Waldorf School for the first Sunday of every month through the Fall. It’s a large and beautiful space, and will allow us to gather in safe and socially distanced ways. Since August 2nd (our first planned in person gathering) will happen on Winn’s final Sunday with us, we are encouraging all who plan to attend to sign up HERE. And for all who are not comfortable with attending in person, don’t worry! We will be live-streaming this service as well. Further details will be provided for safety measures during our in-person first Sunday gatherings, but we will require masks, ask children to stay seated with their families, and ask everyone to bring their own communion elements for Eucharist.

Along with our in-person monthly gatherings, we will also continue to have worship via Zoom. Having considered carefully what our community needs during this time of transition, we have decided to ask several voices to be consistently with us over the next months. We’re still waiting for some final details, but I am happy to tell you that Cherith Fee Nordling has agreed to be with us and preach/teach once per month. We plan to have 3 consistent voices each month (mine is one of them) and I’ll let you know as soon as our schedule is nailed down. I’m excited about how this season is shaping up, and it seems clear to me that the Spirit is at work in our midst.

Phase 3: Phase three centers around moving our worship space back into Venable Elementary. At this point in time, we just don’t know enough to say anything definite about when and how this will happen, but we will be in discerning conversation. I anticipate we’ll be looking at the details of this phase as we get closer to the cold weather of November/December. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Loving Our Neighbors & Each Other

Our Common Purse | If you know of someone in our church who has a financial need, please send the details to commonpurse@allsoulscville.com. If you’d like to donate (or offer some of your government stimulus check to others), you may give online (make sure to choose “our common purse” as your gift’s designation).

The City Schools are working to provide breakfast and lunch bags for students and families affected by the loss of school lunch. The distribution sites will be spread throughout the city. They need volunteers to work at these drop off points (and one of them is Venable Elementary). If your family needs access to food, or if you want to volunteer at one the distribution sites, here is the info.

Support Cville is a wonderful aggregate site for those of us wanting help–and those of us in need of help.

The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition offers resources and support for mental and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.