13 March 2020Grace Episcopal Church - Special Notice

Suspending In-Person Worship

STAY HOME ON SUNDAY MORNING UNTIL PALM SUNDAY (APRIL 5)


THIS IS A LONG MESSAGE - PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT ENTIRELY

One thing that we have learned at Grace Church through the years is that we are all in this together. We care for each other with love and grace.  Part of caring for each other is to sometimes do hard things for the benefit of all. Our church is filled with many of us who fit the "most at risk" category in the current virus pandemic:

  • over 60 years old
  • heart condition or diabetes
  • respiratory issues

And so we are being asked to practice a Lenten fast from public worship as a sign of love for our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable. Today Bishop Sean issued a directive to all parishes and you can read his letter in the side column on the right. ==>

Grace Church will be closed for the next three Sundays (March 15, 22, 29) and we plan, God willing, to resume in-person worship on a joyful Palm Sunday (April 5).  Unless otherwise informed, assume that ALL other activities at Grace Church are also canceled. 

HOW CAN I WORSHIP ON SUNDAY MORNING?
This Sunday (March 15) join Episcopalians from around the country for a celebration of Holy Eucharist from our National Cathedral in Washington DC. Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, will be preaching (he is a FABULOUS preacher). The cathedral itself is closed, but the worship will be shared with all of us via the wonders of the internet. Join us at the 11:00 am worship at the Washington Cathedral <== click here

Father Tom is testing how we might be able to stream the morning worship to you from Grace Church in Randolph for the following Sundays of March 22 & 29. Watch for more information. 

WHAT IF I NEED TO SEE OR TALK TO FATHER TOM?
The church office will be open as normal: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am to 5pm, if you want to meet in person.  Or call at 358-6124. Or phone Father Tom for an appointment at 864-3147.  Do not be shy about calling -- this is a stressful time for us all and no one need be "left in the cold." 

WHAT CAN I DO DURING THIS TIME?
  1. PRAY Remember to take time each day to PRAY -- pray for all those affected by this viral pandemic throughout the world and for our community of Grace Church in Randolph.
  2. READ Take time each day, especially on Sunday, to spend time reading and meditating on God's word in scripture. Read your Forward Day by Day or Our Daily Bread. Stay connected to God. 
  3. GIVE Operating expenses of Grace Church continue even when we are not gathered on Sunday morning. We would be grateful if you could pay your anticipated financial pledge for March BEFORE returning to church on April 5th. You can mail a check to church ...
        21 N Washington St
        Randolph NY 14772
    or drop it off at the office. THANK YOU for your continued support.
  4. REMEMBER Flower memorials for those whom you would like to memorialize at Easter time must be to the church office by March 29. You can email these names to "Enable JavaScript to view protected content." or leave a message on the church answering machine (358-6124) or bring your names to the church office. Making a donation for the purchase of flowers is welcomed, but the most important thing is to get us the names of your loved ones. 
  5. CARE Take care of yourself and others. 
    * Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
       How long is 20 seconds? Sing the Doxology as you wash ...
       "Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
        Praise God all creatures here below,
        Praise God above ye heavenly host,
        Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen"

    * Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    * Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    * Clean and disinfect things you touch often.
    * Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put tissue in trash
       -- NOT into your hand! 
    * If possible, stay home when you feel sick.
    * If you don't need to go into public, then stay home
Despite the temporary inconvenience, we are blessed.
Never forget to thank God for those blessings!
Tom+