Dear friends in Christ,
“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Since we last gathered for public worship two weeks ago, the whole world has joined us in the keeping of a holy Lent. As your Vestry, we are committed to our role as a force for spiritual good in Valley Forge and beyond, and we are also committed to safeguarding the health and ensuring the safety of our parishioners, volunteers, staff, and guests.
This situation continues to evolve, and we look to the pastoral guidance of Bishop Gutierrez as well as the guidelines set forth by our local and national officials.
Our staff have undertaken a thorough deep-cleaning of the Chapel, addressing the projects that often get overlooked in the life of an otherwise-busy house of worship. Our Parish Administrator Nicole Marie has reached out to many of our parishioners, and is available through our main phone number 610-783-0120 ext 10. Your Vestry has resolved to meet (via teleconference) each week to pray, evaluate the situation as it unfolds, and make plans going forward.
Unfortunately, with the closure of the Chapel and Cabin Shop, several of the revenue streams which sustain our day-to-day operations are no longer available, or (in the case of Cemetery operations) face an uncertain future from week to week, as we learn more about COVID-19. Your continued giving during the time of this closure will allow us to meet our general operating expenses. Understandably the impact of COVID-19 is different for everyone so please give as you are able. Two options are available.
- Mail your check to:
Washington Memorial Chapel
PO Box 98
Valley Forge, PA 19481-0098
2. Electronic Giving – use a credit or debit card with no fees via our website link , click on the Paypal option for secure payment entry www.wmchapel.org/pledge
Remember to include your envelope number on the memo field.
We will be sending out a letter in the mail to all of our congregation today because we realize not everyone receives our email newsletter.
We do not know how long this crisis will last, but we hope that you will keep us in your prayers just as we pray for you, the community we have the privilege to serve.
Your Parish Wardens and Vestry