Dear St Gabriel’s friends and family,
I am excited to announce that on Sunday, October 31st we will return to in-person worship at our 8:00 and 10:00 am services. The Wednesday 9:30 am Healing service will start in person on November 3rd. Church school and youth group activities are still in the planning stage. The Zoom option for worship will remain as part of our way to continue to connect with each other near and far.
Sunday, October 31st will be a day of great joy and celebration when we are together again. We will celebrate All Saints Day, and following the 10:00 am service SOUP FOR THE SAINTS will be served for all who want to participate. We will have chili, a chicken, and a vegetarian soup option available, along with bread and brownies. You are welcome to share the meal at the church or take it “to go”.
We will culminate our Stewardship Campaign on this day as we present and bless the pledge cards offered by the members of the congregation. If you have not returned your pledge card, we ask that you do so or be sure to bring it on October 31st. It is important to remember that as the congregation is in a time of transition, your financial support is essential. Expenses for the calling of a new Rector will increase the fiscal need in the new year. Please prayerfully discern your monetary gift to St Gabriel the Archangel parish.
I look forward to seeing you in person (and perhaps on Zoom) on October 31st.
The Covid protocols remain in effect with the expectation that attendees will be vaccinated. Please adhere to the following guidelines presented by Bishop Akiyama’s Pastoral Guidance For Safer Worship:
+Masks are required for indoor gatherings, and beginning August 27, masks are required for outdoor gatherings where distance cannot be kept between households.
+Continue to provide masks to visitors and members who arrive without one.
+Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Continue to provide hand sanitizer to visitors and staff throughout your building.
+Reduce the number of individuals gathering for in-person worship or consider online services.
+Clergy should wear a mask while preaching and celebrating the Eucharist. Lectors, cantors, and all participants in liturgy should be masked.
+Congregational singing is not advised. However, if your congregation does choose to sing, all should remain masked. Cantors, soloists, and choirs should be masked and maintain distance from each other and the congregation.
+Communion should be received in one kind only. Clergy should remind congregations that receiving Communion in one kind constitutes full Communion. (we will continue to use our wine/wafer combination until the supply is gone and then offer consecrated bread only)
+Exchanging The Peace should be done from a distance rather than in the form of a hug or handshake.
“For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” Jeremiah 29:11
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