We are in this together. The past few weeks have been unprecedented. We have all been bombarded by daily news from around the world about the COVID-19 pandemic. Like it or not, we’ve all been affected by the coronavirus, whether physically, psychologically, spiritually, or economically. Through these unsettling times, it’s important to remember that we’re in this together.

Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, issued a statement earlier this month about the crisis and he pulled together various statements and stories from around the world to remind us that we are all one family—the family of God. Everyone around the world is in this together, and it’s important that we all work together.

At the Cathedral, we are taking every precaution to help stem the tide of this invisible threat. We are working hard to find ways to reach out and build our Christian community. Over the last two weeks, we have started live streaming Sunday morning services at 11am. We are live streaming morning prayer every weekday at 8:30am, along with other special opportunities to interact online. We have made a concerted effort to reach out to parishioners through phone calls, emails and through the mail. We will continue to reach out, and we encourage you to do the same. Many may be feeling lonely or fearful through this time of social isolation. A quick phone call, or a card in the mail can really brighten up our lives – on both sides. While we do our part to stay separated physically, please take the time to reach out and build each other up in Christian community.

The clergy and staff are still working and available during this time. The food pantry is still serving our community. The vestry continues to work and meet virtually. We are making adjustments to stay safe and still serve those who are in need—physically, spiritually, and economically. And just like we need your support to stay in community with each other, we also need your financial contributions. Several have mailed in their pledges over the last two weeks. We are so grateful, and we are happy to accept pledges and other donations electronically and through the mail. Just like everyone, we are feeling the pinch emotionally and economically. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

We don’t know how long the current situation will last. We are receiving updated guidance daily, and sometimes there are mixed messages. We encourage you to stay abreast of information from scientific sources:

Through these uncertain times, just remember that we’re all one family, and we’re all in this together. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any needs or concerns you may have.

Faithfully,
Zac VanNote, Sr. Warden
Diane Butler, Jr. Warden