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

All of our gatherings (large and small) 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 Rhythm of Life Together

Worship every Sunday @ 10:30 a.m. | Morning Worship | July 5

Weekly resources for nurturing our body, soul and life with God (like our weekly liturgy for recognizing your daily tasks and home as places where “everything is holy”) will be sent out via our weekly email. Make sure to sign up for that (and our weekly Scripture & Prayer Reader) at the bottom left corner of this page.

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).

 

Upcoming Small Gatherings

Summer Communities for 6  | Please email Marcy if you’d like to sign up for a small community group over the summer. In the past, we have hosted ‘Meals for 6′ groups during the summer months. We’re hoping to offer something along similar lines (with a few modifications) – Summer Communities for 6. Please indicate Online Zoom Group or In-Person Group.

Saying Goodbye to the Collier Family | The Collier Family will be moving to Michigan in early August. We are already grieving their departure. How beloved they have been to us over these past 12 years!  How grateful we are to have had them and to know them. As is the way of All Souls, we deeply desire to send them away with celebration, gratitude, love, and blessing. COVID19 makes this especially challenging. We’d love to have a grand, outdoor party – maybe at a vineyard or in a beautiful backyard. But as is the case with so many things in these days, we have to be wise and take good care of each other and our community while also following state guidelines regarding gatherings. In light of this, we are setting aside time on Sunday, July 19 for small groups (~10 people, socially distanced) to have a bit of time with Winn and Miska. Our hope is that this will offer everyone in our church an opportunity to bid farewell in a safe and meaningful way. A Sign-Up will be sent out in early July (20 minute time slots between 3:00 and 8:00pm). Please mark your calendars and save the date!

In Person Gatherings | 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.

 

Loving Our Neighbors Together

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.