From Oct 11, 2020
Dear Church Family,
We are now seven months into a situation we never saw coming. When the Session made the decision to go to virtual worship only on March 13th, we never imagined we would still not be back together for in-person worship but, the good news is, we are moving in that direction.
Our Session, along with vital input from the Diaconate, has taken a cautious approach to our return to in-person worship. Some have criticized this approach, and some have supported it. In either case, it was with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, scientific and medical recommendations, governmental restrictions and with concern for those most vulnerable from our congregation, that decisions were made.
It is important to note that we will continue to stream the service as we have been through this entire pandemic. If you are not ready to return to in-person worship, you can still join us on-line through Sermon.net and Facebook Live.
I want to thank all of you as well for being steadfast throughout this COVID Wilderness journey. There are still challenges ahead but for now, may God provide enough grace for what you need this day.
Peace be with you,
Rev. Gillespie and the Session of FVPC
During my Covid wilderness wanderings, one of the paths I have walked is in response to the racial tension that continues to surface in our country. In an effort to learn and understand not only the origin of this crucial social issue in our country, but my complicity in it, I have set myself to reading several books on the topic and listening to podcasts that feature well-rounded discussion and have been in honest conversation with my friends who are people of color.