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Bulletin Blast (April 2, 2020) 
Thursday, April 2, 2020
As many of you know, the Commonwealth has issued a "stay at home" order that we strongly encourage everyone to abide by. The order runs through June 10th and as such, we will be hosting virtual services for at least ten more Sundays. We are in constant communication with the Diocese including their weekly teleconference in order to ensure we are in full compliance with government and church directives. We are allowed to continue to host our virtual service from the worship space as long as we all adhere strictly to the big three rules: 1. No more than ten people on the church grounds at anytime, 2. No less than six feet of separation, and 3. thorough sanitation of the areas and surfaces used. (Read on to find out more)
New Tools Make Giving Easier 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
A Message from our Treasurer. Thank you for all your inquiries to on how to make donations to St. Christopher’s Church. Listed below are ways to donate. If you have other questions, please email Debbie Frear at StChristophersTreasurer@gmail.com.
The Book-of-Common-Prayers 1979 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Zoom 101 
Friday, March 27, 2020
We have up-to-date Zoom 101 instructions to help you with Sunday's virtual worship. It has cleaner instructions, mute/unmute tips, and a reminder to stick around for virtual coffee hour. There are also email links to send Zoom worship feedback to Nina and Marifran.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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COVID-19 Health Resource Link 
Friday, March 13, 2020
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A Message from Bishop Goff: Coronavirus Update - FAQ 
Friday, March 13, 2020
Questions that clergy on the Zoom call asked, and answers I gave, are as follows: "When do the two weeks end; March 22 or March 25?" And "what is the plan after the two weeks end?" March 25. This period includes two Sundays in Lent. You might think of this time as a Lenten fast for the sake of the wider community. Again, we will reassess and communicate before March 25, based on the most up to date information.
COVID-19 and Worship 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Dear People of the Diocese of Virginia, As the Coronavirus spreads, we are called as people of faith to protect one another, particularly the most vulnerable among us. As a step toward doing this, Bishop Brooke-Davidson, three diocesan staff members and I met virtually with 185 of our clergy this afternoon and conveyed to them the decision that we will not physically gather for worship in our church buildings for the next two weeks, between now and March 25. Toward the end of the two weeks, we will assess the situation and adjust as necessary. An early version of a Washington Post online article says that we have "closed" our churches for two weeks. That is not correct. Churches may remain open, unless told otherwise by local health officials. Church staff may come to work. We will not, however, gather physically for public worship. Why? The Coronavirus is now a pandemic and we are responsible for one another, especially for the most vulnerable among us. Mathematical models show that the virus is spreading exponentially. We can't stop the spread, but we can slow it, thereby saving lives and helping ensure that our health care system remains effective. Social distancing is our best means of slowing the spread. The Diocese of Washington has made the same decision as COVID-19 cases increase in the DC urban and suburban area. This is not the first time that our churches have suspended public worship. One hundred two years ago, bishops cancelled visitations and churches closed for two to six weeks during the great flu epidemic. As it was then, these are extraordinary and unusual times. They require extraordinary and unusual measures. While we won't gather in our churches for worship these next two Sundays, God will be worshipped and praised. By the end of the day tomorrow we will send you resources for virtual worship with a variety of options for churches of every size. We'll also include links with answers to questions that clergy of the diocese asked this afternoon during the ZOOM meetings, and other questions we receive. Do not be afraid. God is good. God is leading us and guiding us even now. God is teaching us how to be Church in ways that might not be comfortable, but in ways that will be faithful. God bless you and God bless us all as we care for one another, especially the most vulnerable among us. Faithfully yours, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority
Sr. Warden Message to the Parish in the Weekly Bulletin Blast 
Thursday, March 12, 2020