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Pastor's Pen April 2020

Dear Members and Friends of The Vine Fellowship Church:

It is Monday, March 15th as I sit at my computer and write. It is hard to believe that it is exactly one year ago, on Sunday, March 15th that we cancelled in-person worship and have not gathered since, only to be prerecording our services on Thursday nights and then to have them live streamed on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Even though we will celebrate another Easter Sunday in our homes watching the service, there are positive signs for us to gather, in-person, in the coming weeks. The Session, at their March 8th meeting, approved the purchase of an air filtration unit that will rapidly destroy airborne viruses. The Session also approved the Covid-19 Advisory Team’s Guidelines for in-person Worship once we start gathering. Tony Miller, Chair of Property and Maintenance, Cindy Bell of our COVID-19 Advisory Team, and I met on March 9th with the representative from Active Pure Technology. As a result, we have purchased a Vollara Air and Surface Pro 11 unit that covers up to 3,000 square feet. This unit will be place in the Main Hall near the Coat Room. During the Session meeting I shared that I had not received my vaccine. As a result of my immune system being compromised due to the Lyme Arthritis I had from August, 2018-July, 2019, the Elders felt that once I have both vaccines and the appropriate wait time has elapsed, with the Vollara unit, COVID-19 Advisory Team guidelines, and my vaccinations, we could move forward and hold in-person worship. The date has not been finalized but we will let you know through our Prayer Chain emails and announcements during the Sunday morning service. When I think of all that we have been through over this past year, and, knowing that we are not out of the woods but making progress, our first Sunday back to in-person worship will almost be like a second Easter for me, and I hope for you. It will be a glorious day to gather again as a community of faith, to see one another again, to praise our God again as the people of God. Easter, April 4th is coming as we celebrate Jesus’ victory of death. And our gathering together soon, is also coming. Two glorious days. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! May the Lord bless you and keep you safe, well and virus-free. Happy Easter. 

Yours in Christ and on the Journey together, 

Mark

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