November 25, 2020

Good Afternoon Congregants and Friends,

Dr. Strang and Premier McNeil advised the public of the need for a significant disruption in
activities and gatherings in an effort to curb the rise in the spread of Covid-19 cases in HRM. They
need our help. Yesterday we were asked to pause in-person faith based gatherings for the next two
weeks (perhaps longer) in order to support that effort. Of course, this comes at a most meaningful
time in the Church’s calendar – the season of Advent, leading into Christmas.

But gathering in the Church is not the same as being Church. Our services will continue to be
livestreamed by our tech team through social media at 10:00 AM each Sunday. We want to
encourage you to gather “virtually” through technology as much as possible. It is a great way for us
to communicate with you. We will do our best to find creative ways to connect all of us during this
exceptional season to provide online content for Advent and Christmas. This includes Sunday
Worship, the upcoming “Light Up The Night” Carol Sing, The Longest Night service, as well as our
Youth activities. So please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or You Tube.

We know that you are likely wondering about White Gift Sunday, and Christmas Eve services. We
would like you to know that an email will go out shortly describing how we will coordinate White
Gift and how we will worship on Christmas Eve, if we are still unable to gather at that time. When
we know, you’ll know.

Our church building will be closed to the public effective 12:01am Thursday, November
26th. However, please contact us by phone or email as they will be monitored and responded to by
the office administrator.

Thanks for your support.

Cathy Kay, Council Rotating Chair

Brian Moors, Program Committee Chair

Rev.Mary Lynne Whyte,  Minister, Woodlawn United

We are reminded of these hope-filled words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to
all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:4-7)