“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”  
(Psalm 31:24)

To the congregation and staff of Washington Memorial Chapel,

With each new day comes yet additional warnings of how quick COVID-19 is spreading.  The CDC and WHO continue to extend the timeframe for strictly adhering to their directive of “social distancing”.  As you are all aware, Washington Memorial Chapel currently remains closed through May 4th, per Bishop Gutierrez.  

The Coronavirus continues to impact the lives of many people in many ways.  The World Health Organization has made it clear that the only way we can overcome this pandemic is by staying home and avoiding contact with each other, if you must go out please wear gloves and a mask. 

These are trying times most of us have never lived through.  Especially at this sacred time of Lent, it is difficult to not be able to worship in our normal fashion.  While Easter is upon us, it is up to each of us to worship and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior in our own unique fashion.  We have so much to be thankful for and it is important that we continue to worship.    

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ, overcame death and open to us the gate of everlasting life:  Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Vestry and Staff of Washington Memorial Chapel will continue to have a weekly teleconference meeting to stay connected, updated, and to address any issues that have arisen during the week.  It is our intention to keep the Chapel moving forward through these troubled times, while at the same time keeping the congregation safe and updated.  Please continue to pray for the Chapel, our Nation, and for all who have been impacted by this virus, as well as the many individuals who are working on the frontline to combat this virus.

In addition, if you are able, please continue to mail your weekly tithing directly to the Chapel or plan to submit it through PayPal.  Our monthly commitments continue during this time, and we need the support of every one of you to meet these commitments.

Lenten Services are available through live-streaming with Father Michael Knight.  Please check the schedules for these services on this Newsblast.  Our diocesan page of resources and communications can be found at:  Faith Based Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC, the PA State Authorities and the Federal Government to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.  God will get us through these very trying times.

Stan Sarnocinski, Jr.
Rector’s Warden 

God, help me to take disappointment and discouragement not as a measure of my worth, but rather as a chance to return to you.  In you God, I can learn and grow.  From you God, I get all the help and healing I need.  With you God, I get the chance for a new start when it’s appropriate, the patience to endure what I must endure, the motivation to change what can be changed, and the freedom to let go of what must be released.  For with you, God, anything and everything good and wonderful is possible.  May this faith encourage me today and always, in your Name, I pray.  Amen.

Washington Memorial Chapel