Dear Glen Mar friends,
There is so much "life" in the life of Glen Mar these days, and while we have not officially "opened" yet, we are doing some "new" things at 4701 New Cut Road. This week, our Vacation Bible School is being filmed - that's right, a virtual VBS! We'll make it available the week of July 13, but you can go at your own pace. And it's not just "watching" VBS - it's interactive. You'll have crafts and games and actions to do, because, even on the Rocky Railway, "Jesus Power Pulls Us Through." (Trust Jesus!).
We are preparing for our Early Learning Center to be open on Monday June 22. We are excited to welcome our children back to learning and fun, so that parents can work. We will only have one entrance "open" and we are asking "church folk" to honor the building's ongoing closure so that we can get ELC up and running safely.
We are also planning an outdoor, physically distanced, Confirmation service that we will share online. Stay tuned for details on that.
Our Task Force for Re-Entering Well is working on a simple set of guidelines for what people can expect as we continue to gather in safe ways. We want to plan our gatherings in ways that prioritize safety, and make it possible for our facilities crew to keep things clean.
I know as restrictions loosen, folks want to get together, and we are actively working on it. But, what the county will allow is not always the safest option for church. For example, the County permits a large group to gather in worship, but our Conference and Bishop have set a cap for indoor gatherings at 50. I so appreciate your patience as we work on these initial steps together (ELC reopening, confirmation), and I'm very grateful for your continued prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness in this time.
This weekend is Father's Day, so I hope you'll make a special effort to join us with your Father's Day Brunch. We'll pray for and give thanks for our fathers, the music is going to be awesome, I'll be preaching on the Matthew lectionary for the day - a particularly challenging one - and the sermon title will be "Family Ties."
See you Online,