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Masks to be required beginning this Sunday, August 1

Dear friends,

In May, when Bishop Haynes loosened the COVID restrictions on churches, she implored us to proceed safely and to carefully monitor the situation in our local communities. Accordingly, our Vestry has continued to monitor public health markers and guidance from health professionals, like the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

The continued rise in the number of COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant has led the CDC to recommend that people in areas with greater coronavirus risks should wear masks indoors again, even if they are fully vaccinated. In Newport News and Hampton right now the spread of infections is considered high*.

The clergy, wardens, and our parish health officer Joel Duregger met today to discuss how to proceed, given these new variables.  Remembering our Christian commitment to loving our neighbor and protecting the most vulnerable among us, we decided that beginning this Sunday, August 1, masks must be worn inside the building and church. Singing during worship will be permitted since everyone, including the choir, will be masked. Lemonade on the Lawn will continue to be served because it is outdoors.

Thank you for your faithfulness in abiding by these restrictions for the sake of the health of the entire community.

--Anne, Marc, Dawn, Steve, and Joel

*The CDC website that shows transmission level by city and county can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.  As of July 28, Newport News is ranked as "high" transmission and Hampton is ranked as "substantial."  Bob Lord continues to track another metric for us, a combined Covid positivity percentage across the Hampton and Peninsula health districts.  As of July 28, that number is 8%.

New Lending Library Available at St. Andrew’s
Our Response to Racism Team has been busy assembling books to loan to parishioners to help us all further our understanding of people's diverse backgrounds and experiences. One of our Vestry’s goals for this year is to focus on impacting social injustice. You are always invited to come to our Responding to Racism meetings, so please put us on your calendar; but even if you can’t attend a meeting, please come to the labeled shelf in the parish library and check out one of our books.

Let’s fill up St. Nicholas Chapel: Feed my lambs, tend my sheep.
 In his sermon several weeks ago, Marc said how great it would be if every parishioner would buy at least one extra canned or boxed food item each time you go shopping and bring it to church each Sunday – not just our parishioners, but those of the Hilton churches, and not just the Hilton churches but all of the Newport News churches – as a way of feeding those in need. We are going to start by inviting the Hilton churches to join us (Hilton Presbyterian is already on board) in filling up St. Nicholas Chapel. Canned vegetables, soups, fruits, meats, and pasta; boxes of cereal, pasta, and crackers; and jars of peanut butter and jelly are always needed. Specific needs are canned tomato sauce, carrots, peas, baked beans, pork & beans, fruit; packages of pudding; and boxed or packages of mashed potatoes. As the donations begin to grow, we will make them available to THRIVE Peninsula and other outreach organizations that have food pantries.  

Sound system operators needed
Re-gathering to worship in person is wonderful! It's also a wonderful opportunity to join our team of sound system operators. This team of volunteers is so important to our worship each week. Volunteers are needed to serve at both the 8:00 and 10:30 Sunday services. You can choose to serve only at the 8:00 or 10:30 service, or at both. If you'd like to join the team, or would just like to know more, contact Ann Turner in the church office. 

Camera operators needed at 10:30 service
Even as we return to in-person worship, our live-streamed worship continues to be a wonderful way to allow homebound and remote friends to join us in worship.  This ministry can’t happen without volunteers to operate the video camera.  It’s a very user-friendly system and training is provided.  If you’d like to join the team, or would just like to know more, contact Ann.

St. Andrew's Safe Church Policies, Audit
St. Andrew's is committed to providing a safe environment for all God's children, young and old.  Each year, we conduct a Safe Church audit to ensure our compliance with diocesan policies, which includes informing the congregation that there are procedures for responding to concerns and/or incidents of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  Copies of these procedures and contact information are available in the hallway info section outside the church office and can be provided upon request.  You are encouraged to take advantage of familiarizing yourself with these policies and procedures so that we all do our part in keeping the most vulnerable among us safe.

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