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Tom Berlin’s July 30 eNote

Pastoral Visitation at Hospitals – Local hospitals have recently begun to allow pastoral visits, but have asked that they be on a limited basis. Pastors must arrange visits with the hospital chaplain’s office ahead of time. If you have questions about pastoral care or visitation, please contact Carol Benson, Care Ministries Coordinator.

Online Worship – Many of you have asked if Floris’ Sunday worship services are live or pre-recorded. Both services are currently pre-recorded. This allows the musicians, pastors and others who are participating to arrive at different times, lowering the number of people present at one time and increasing safety.

When Will In-Person Worship Return? – We do not have a definite answer, but not in August. Floris’ Church Council and pastors are taking this month-by-month, deferring to the safest practices recommended by the Virginia Conference, CDC, state and local officials. We continue in-person ministry. Just yesterday we began offering Holy Communion in small groups under the tent in the parking lot with the guidance of our Healthy Church Team. We will now offer Holy Communion on a regular basis, so look for that announcement with the opportunity to sign up to receive communion.

Facebook Live Series with Rev. Tom Berlin – Tom and Sarah Casey will offer the second session of the six-session series “The Work We Want to Do: Listening and Learning to Become an Antiracist,” next Wednesday. Rick Wormeli will join Tom and Sarah to discuss candid, specific and helpful responses to expressions of racism and bias. If you missed the first session, you can watch it here. You can join Tom, Sarah and Rick for session two on Wednesday, August 5, 7 p.m., on his Facebook page.