With a letter in the attached Messenger, here’s a brief update from the Saint Paul’s Future Planning Committee from May 27 when we discussed in depth the many comments/input received from the two town hall discussions held last Sunday. There is a deep longing to reconnect personally with each other. Many deeply desire to partake in the eucharist. Woven within these desires is also a sense of caution that holds many of us back. As we discussed what we had heard, we know that there is personal responsibility in protecting others while realizing that we must accept responsibility for how much to risk for ourselves and others. Shortly, we will be asking for your thoughts in a survey on several issues, keyed to the following. This is not a vote, but we do want a sense of the community.

Gathering: The bishop has stated that there will be no in-house worship through June. However, we are exploring small group gatherings outside in the garden and perhaps other spaces. Number of participants, level of interest, type of gathering, and mechanics were discussed.

Contemplation: Opening the church, a part of the nave, for individual contemplation could be allowed in June in coordination with expanded office hours. Some things under consideration: assigning a time, limited use, having chairs instead of using the pews, arranging for post-use sanitization.

Eucharist: The prohibition of in-house worship means no partaking of the Holy Eucharist in the traditional sense. This will be a deep disappointment to many. Carolyn and Katie are in deep discernment to determine what other options exist. Even so, will those options be subject to what is described below?

The “experience”: A decision was also made not to open Camp Bishopswood this season. One of the main reasons behind the decision was that the “camp experience” would not be possible. We can learn from this. While many want to gather, all must realize that it might not be what they expect and/or remember from before. Separation, pockets of families, tables positioned at safe distances mean contact and togetherness will be “of a sort.”

Equity: Much of what we do now is electronic. Who among us does not have access to email, Zoom, Facebook, etc.? This is of concern.

Please look for the upcoming survey. We seek your input.
Pat Ryan and Paul Womer, St. Paul’s Future Planning Committee Co-Chairs 

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Also pray for Allen Graffam who died this week, father of Kyra Whiting and father-in-law of Matthew Whiting. “May he rest with the angels.” 
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Christy, Mathew, Ryan & family, Ethel, Norma, Riley, Ray, David, Judi, Carolyn B., Nick, Bob, Dave, Eleanor, Peggy, Alan, Sam, Matt, Linda, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Cathy, Willow, Roxanne, Avery, Sara, Tierra, Ann, Allen, Bill, Susan, and Jessica Bernie, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Kerry, Sally, Diane, Therese, Caleb, Sarah, Nate, Sue, Elijah, Cadin, Bridget, Steve, Ted, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lakshmi in thanksgiving, Cameron, Hannah, Lynn, Caroline, and Cokey B. and husband Jo Carol, Don, Priscilla, Rick, Alison, Rick, Trent, Betsey, Anne, Bruce, Jeannie, the Hawkes family, Sophia, Rhonda, Emily, Steve, Marnie, Dean, baby Thomas, Gair, Laurie, Sharon and family, June and Alan, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, and Liam

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