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Outdoor Worship Scheduled in October!

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch

With the advent of cooler weather, we are taking advantage of it to schedule a couple of events we’re still planning, but want to make sure you have them on your calendar. Our annual Blessing of the Animals is always in early October and always outdoors. This year it’s scheduled for Thursday, October 8, at 6 pm on the front lawn. Because this is the first time we will have gathered since the pandemic, the event will still be a “blessing of the animals,” but it will be “pet-optional”—you don’t need to bring a pet to be here! As much as anything, this is simply an opportunity to see each other and have a good time.

And of course, an important event every October is The Blessing of the Tartans service. This year, the service will be videotaped fully in the sanctuary; but in addition to that, we will have a late-afternoon outdoor event on October 18th on the front lawn. We’re still working out details, including the time, but the event will have elements of the Kirkin’ worship service but also include fellowship. You are invited bring a picnic dinner.

Normally we advertise these events to the larger community, but will not be doing so this year for the purpose of social distancing concerns. Seating will be limited, and we’re still not sure how many we can accommodate. We’ll inform you as we know more.

The main reason we are doing this is that the survey you participated in last month made it quite clear that we miss one another! Until we can return to in-sanctuary, in-person worship, we thought that these kinds of events, as the weather allows, could be a good way to reconnect.

As you can understand, all our COVID-19 policies will be fully in place for these events. We ask that you bring and wear masks except when eating and that you maintain social distance. Seating will be picnic- style at all events, though individual chairs will be available. There will be disinfectant stations.

As always, we ask that if you are in an “at-risk” category and are thinking you’d like to come, please discuss it with your physician and family before you decide to do so.

The Worship Committee and staff are in discussions about other ways to provide live worship while we’re all still dealing with the pandemic. We will continue to keep you informed of our plans. Many blessings to you all!



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