Due to the rapid spread of Omicron

“Endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” Romans 5:4-5

Chapel Friends,

I must write to share how the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 is effecting our parish and our community.  We have learned that at least one person in the congregation at all three of our Christmas Eve services have tested positive for the virus.  Several other members and friends of the parish are sick as well.  Thankfully, all are improving and we continue to pray for them and their families.

Yesterday, the Virus Committee discussed the local spread of Omicron and recommended to the Vestry that we return to the virus mitigations we utilized during the Delta surge: masking during worship and other indoor gatherings, and suspending indoor meals.  This morning, the Vestry accepted the Virus Committee‘s recommendation.  We pray this decision will help stop the spread of the virus, and we pray the use of these mitigations will be very temporary, in keeping with Omicron’s pattern in other communities.

Wearing a mask is a bother, but please know that worship has not been altered in any other way, and that we will continue to livestream the 10 o’clock service on Facebook.

Because of these mitigations, Wednesday Night Suppers are suspended, and, sadly, the Epiphany service and Burning of the Greens are cancelled.

Individuals may be at high risk for complications related to the Coronavirus.  If you attended a Christmas Eve service, you may want to consult your physician.

We continue to pray for all of the doctors, nurses, aides, therapists, administrators, and leaders who are battling this devilish virus.  We fervently pray for the members of the Chapel who are sick.  And, despite this enduring virus, the work of the Chapel endures all the more: praising God, caring for one another, and doing God’s work in our world.  May God bless you and your family, and keep you healthy and safe in 2022.

Keep the Faith,

Ben+