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Regathering Suspended, but Blood Drive Still On
November 11, 2020, 9:00 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

As I announced on Sunday, due to the alarming rise of COVID cases in our state, the Diocese has informed us that we must suspend our in-person worship gatherings for the next two Sundays.

This suspension will require us to post pone our annual meeting scheduled for November 15th. The tentative date for the rescheduled meeting is December 20th. If due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold the meeting on that date we will let everyone know as soon as possible.

It is possible that this suspension will continue beyond two Sundays; that decision will be made based on public health data. The case rate has more than doubled in Anne Arundel County since October 22nd, from 10 per 10,000 to over 20, and it is hoped that by preventing opportunities for the virus to spread we can help keep transmission down.

While the outside groups meeting in our facility must also suspend gathering, we are being permitted to host this Thursday's American Red Cross blood drive as planned.

We will continue to live stream our Sunday service at 10:00 am via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website. We continue to stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

On Thursday November 19th we will host a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament service from 6:00-7:00, preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:40. The Benediction service may be familiar to those of you with a Roman Catholic background; it is a contemplative service that involves prayer in the presence of the consecrated Host. As with so many practices in our Anglican tradition, if you ask whether this is for you, the answer is: "All may, some should, none must." We will stream the service as we stream the 10:00; thanks to Don and Mark for pulling extra duty that week. If you have any questions about this service please don't hesitate to let me know.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community. We collected $158 for our October Healing Sunday offering, which was given to the Centro de Ayuda, which serves the material needs of immigrants in Anne Arundel County. Our November Healing Sunday offering will be given to the new food pantry that our Seventh Day Adventist friends established in Pasadena this year. You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

 

--Fr. Jason