CTPress, Worship, and Songs for June 20, 2021

Slowly but surely, we are getting back to normal at Charles Town Presbyterian Church. Here’s how I know:

First, tomorrow, the Missions Committee is hosting a yard sale. Technically, it’s a fundraiser for the congregation, but it actually seems like it is a great excuse to get together for some fellowship. I encourage everyone to come out to this event, even if you don’t plan to make a purchase. Just seeing people in person will be great!

Second, the session made an important decision along with a clarification. The clarification came as an answer to this question: Can we start having meals and get-togethers in the fellowship hall. The session’s answer was clear – open means open. So yes, we can start planning fellowship activities,
provided everything virus-related continues to track the way it has. The session also modified the opening guidelines. We will now allow for singing in worship. Although singing in close proximity without any kind of face covering is still officially discouraged, it’s obvious the congregation wants to sing, as the volume from the crowd each Sunday gets louder and louder. That, and the fact that we are still encouraging social distancing gave the session confidence to make this decision.

Finally, we are having a congregational meeting on Sunday to elect elders, deacons, one trustee, and nominating committee members, all who will start terms beginning in January. Congregational meetings were difficult during the pandemic, and to be able to have one in person this coming Sunday is such a great joy! I hope you will be able to come to worship and then stay for the meeting. (And a note to nominees: if you can come, please do, so the congregation can put names with faces.)

Slowly but surely, we are getting there. These activities speak to what we can look forward to as pandemic restrictions are loosened. Hopefully, it will stay that way. As much as long to return to “normal,” we must also keep in mind that Covid has changed the world, and that, in turn, will affect how all churches shape their ministries. To that end, must all remember to be flexible
and patient. Thanks to Covid, patience and flexibility are two things we know well.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, to singing together in worship on Sunday, and yes, I’m even looking forward to our congregational meeting. God is good!

Pastor John