Summertime is almost here! It feels good to be outdoors again and it’s wonderful to visit with you on Sunday mornings after “FM Radio parking lot church.” As the number of new COVID-19 cases in our country continues to drop, I’m encouraged by the prospect opening our building for in-person classes and Sunday services. Your Board of Trustees has been monitoring the situation and decided upon a tentative reopening date of September 12, 2021. There are a number of reasons for choosing that date and, should conditions change, it’s possible that date could also change.
Why aren’t we opening now? At the time of this writing, the State of Ohio and the CDC are still telling us it’s not safe for large groups to gather indoors. Our building does not currently have windows we can open to provide adequate ventilation for dispersing airborne viruses like COVID-19. Nor do we have a filtration system that can remove such small particles from the air. Last year when it became apparent how deadly the pandemic could be, the Board decided to forego a “partial opening” strategy and wait for the time when the risk was considered minimal by doctors and scientists. It looks like we’ll be there in the next few months, so we’re getting the building ready for your return. We’re finishing the painting we began last year in the Sanctuary. We’re also working on installing hardware that will give us adequate Wi-Fi so we can continue streaming our live services from the Sanctuary. We’re working on it!
Some of you may be disappointed that we’re not reopening sooner. If we reach a point when it’s safe to regather and the work is completed, the Board could decide to reopen prior to September 12th. Please know that there’s a lot to be done before that can happen. We need to gather and train an Usher Team, Sound Team, and Hospitality Team. We also need volunteers to do a thorough cleaning of the building. There are a lot of tasks to be done, so if a Board Member calls on you to help, please consider saying yes to sacred service. Or better yet, contact us and let us know you’re willing. We want to reopen as soon as possible and we cannot do it without you!
Meanwhile, this summer I’m scheduled to take a three-month Sabbatical. According to my hiring agreement, every four years I take three months for personal spiritual renewal. The Sabbatical will be June 6th through September 6th. Summertime is best because there are no religious/spiritual holidays during those months. Your Board of Trustees, the Staff, and Rev. Sue have been preparing for this and will be taking care of everything in my absence. We have great guest speakers lined up, so I know you will be in good hands. Please hold me in prayer as you continue on with your own spiritual unfoldment. For more information about what a Sabbatical is, follow this link and read the information posted with the video. https://youtu.be/
Know that I am close by, holding you in prayer, and looking forward to seeing and hugging you when we gather in the Sanctuary on September 12th. Thank you, friends, for your ongoing love and support of Unity. Have a glorious summer!
In Light and Love,
Prayer for Protection
The Light of God surrounds us,
The Love of God enfolds us.
The Power of God protects us,
The Presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is!
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