Dear Friends ~

Greetings in Christ’s name! I hope that this finds you very well.

It’s good to be sharing the news from our church’s leaders that we plan to begin “hybrid worship” on Mothers’ Day, May 9, 2011!

This means, we will open the church doors for in-person worship at 10 am that day, while also providing Zoom access to worship, and continuing to provide the recorded service at our website later that afternoon.

The plan is to follow the same safety protocol established last fall for indoor worship ― at a continued 25% of capacity. The choice to follow the smaller capacity protocol is prompted by the realization that, while most of us will have had full immunization for COVID-19, some will not yet have had the opportunity.

And, of course, ─ for those of you who are not able to join the service in-person at 10, please join by visiting the church’s website ─ clicking on this link to access the audio link to listen and participate in the service. Because the service is recorded from 10-11 am, we’ll strive to have it posted as soon as we can ─ but please be patient if it takes longer than anticipated.

The Church Council’s leadership team has developed a protocol following last Fall’s instructions from Vermont State that we believe will keep us safe and healthy. The team proposes that we try the protocol beginning May 9 ─ Mothers’ Day. You’ll find that protocol right here in the May issue of the STEEPLE.

We’re a people of faith, a people of hope, a covenanted community of the Beloved. So let us live in that faith as we walk on the Way of a living Christ. He is here! And we, too, are on the Easter Way with Him ─ an arms-wide-open, welcoming body of Jesus-followers.

In the Peace of the Resurrected Christ,

“The church was the original multicultural project, with Jesus as its only point of identity. It was known, and was for this reason seen as both attractive and dangerous, as a worship-based, spiritually renewed, multi-ethnic, poly-chrome, mutually supportive, outward facing, culturally creative, chastity-celebrating, socially responsible fictive kinship group, gender-blind in leadership, generous to the poor and courageous in speaking up for the voiceless.” — Biblical scholar N. T. Wright, in a letter to the editors of Spectator magazine, March 27, 2021.