COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update – Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I want to keep you abreast of developments as they impact our church family.  As of now we are still planning to meet for worship on Sunday.  We are below the threshold established by the BC Ministry of Health and the church provides enough room for us to maintain “social distance”.  Rob and I have made the decision to continue, after consultation with Bp. Sutton.  As I noted in the last email, we will be suspending Coffee Hour for the time being and will distribute only the bread in the Communion.

We will continue our livestream of the Litany each evening at 7pm on the church’s Facebook page.  We tried moving it to YouTube so that more people could access it, but after many hours of work to get it going it still didn’t work and I’m not getting any answers and can’t afford to invest any more time in it.  If you’d like to join us in person, we can accommodate a few people at a time.  Just contact me by phone or email to confirm. We’d love to have you.

John and I have fielded a number of questions regarding giving at this time.  I’m thankful that you are still thinking of this.  COVID-19 may force us to change the way we do things, but our budget needs do not change.  I’ve consulted with John.  Because of the need to maintain a paper trail—yes, even in this digital age it’s still necessary—the preferred means of giving is still by cheque.  If you are unable to be with us on Sunday, you can still drop cheques off at the church during the week.  If I’m not there, they can safely be deposited through the mail slot in the front door.  You can also mail them.  Our address is 4778 Island Highway North, Courtenay V9N 5Y7.  As far as electronic giving goes, John tells me that his preference is for giving through Canada Helps or directly through PayPal.  Etransfers are also an option.  (Note that PayPal and Canada Helps both charge us a percentage of donations as a fee.)  PayPal and transfers should be sent to giving@livingwordrec.ca.  You can give through Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/living-word-episcopal-church/

I’ve also been asked about online sermons.  Sermons audio and text are available on the church website:

http://livingwordrec.ca

The most recent sermons can be found at the bottom of the main page.  Clicking on the title will call up the page for that sermon.  You’ll find an audio player near the top.  The page also includes the text and if you click under “Sermon Notes” you can access a PDF with the text in a printer-friendly format.

May the blessing of the Lord be with you all in these difficult days.

Bill+