Weekly Reflection: May 20, 2021

Welcome back!

Live, in person, worship services are back starting this Sunday, May 23rd, Pentecost Day (please wear RED). We’ve waited over a year for this glad return to being together to worship our Lord, Friend, and Savior, Jesus Christ. Now that services are back, we welcome you back inside once again. Here are some details:

Sunday Services

8:30 am   Holy Eucharist, contemplative service
10:30 am   Holy Eucharist, with full music & live streamed to YouTube
We will probably not have childcare for May 23rd; however, we are working on getting this arranged beginning as soon as we possibly can.

Eucharist (Communion) Protocols

Everyone is invited to receive Holy Communion. Communion will be distributed by the priest standing below the altar steps, center aisle. The priest and the communion minister will be masked and gloved. Please approach the priest by the center aisle. You may receive the bread (wafer) only, or you may have your wafer partially dipped into the wine by the priest. The priest will place the wafer in your hand. Gluten free wafers are available by request. If you prefer not to receive communion, please cross your arms across your torso for the priest to bless you. Please return to your seat by the side aisle.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

For your safety and the safety of all our parishoners, visitors, and staff, we will follow these procedures as required by the Diocese:
– Everyone must bring a mask. Please bring your own. We will, though, have a limited supply of disposable masks for those who need one or forget their own.
– All participants will mask while singing.
– Unvaccinated participants must wear a mask indoors at all times.
– Those who are fully vaccinated may remove masks for the service as they are comfortable, except for singing. Everyone must mask for singing.
If you are not quite yet comfortable in joining an indoors group, please continue to join the service virtually via YouTube.

Sunday Morning Parking

As many of us know firsthand, finding a space on the street in Georgetown on a Sunday can be tough. To assist with this challenge, Grace has made arrangements with local parking vendors.
LOT 1: 5 marked spaces available free 8 am–1:30 pm Sundays
Location: The Guggenheim lot behind the church, on South Street.
Who can park there? These spaces are intended for handicap parking and for families with small children.
What to do: Grab a spot, come to Grace, get a pass, place it on your dashboard.
LOT 2: Colonial parking garage has 2-Hour free parking (until 1:00 pm) with Grace validation ticket
Location: Colonial Parking Garage for AMC Cinema at 3171 K Street (north side of K street, east of Wisconsin Ave)
Who can park there? Open to everyone.
What to do: Use both tickets, the entrance ticket received at the garage and the ticket from Grace, at the pay station to leave the garage.

Coffee Hour

The new Diocesan regulations on food at social gatherings are delaying the return of the after-church coffee hour. It will take us a couple of weeks to recruit volunteers and get organized. We anticipate beginning Coffee Hour on Sunday, June 6th. In the meantime, plan to stick around after to catch up with everyone anyway!
Serving drinks and food protocols:
·       Servers will be masked and gloved to handle drinks and food.
·       No self-service of drinks or food will be allowed.
·       Beverages are to be poured by a server and placed on the table for people to pick up.
·       Food is to be plated by a server and placed on the table for people to pick up.
To volunteer for this important ministry, please contact Helen Buhr via email.
See you Sunday!
Fr. Rick Miles