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August 2020

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The deadline for articles for the September issue of the Arlingtonian is August 23.  Please email articles to the church office or to Bro. Lee.

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Retirement News

It is with a great deal of sadness we say "farewell" to Cathy, our organist and music/choir director.  She served a number of years as organist, and when Barbara B. retired she added the responsibility of being music/choir director.  Her love for music and talent as a musician and director has been a tremendous addition to our worship experience.  She has also served as a deacon for several years.  Our thanks and prayers go with her (and Brian) as they wait for the fear of travel to subside so they can enjoy being grandparents-in-person.  Cathy, you will be missed more than you know.

Cathy’s last Sunday with us will be August 2.  No decision has been made about what we will be doing for worship music.  Because of coronavirus restrictions, the choir will not be active for the near future.

Financial and Property News

I am pleased to report that our financial situation could be worse.  At the same time, it could be better.  We are keeping the lights on and the temperature controlled.  I have not deposited a paycheck since the end of February (but I am going to deposit my March check this week), just in case the church ran really short, but Thanks-Be-To-God that has not been the case.  However, our offering income has decreased since we returned to having services.  If you are not worshiping in person, please consider mailing in your offering.  Our expenses continue as mostly normal even though our attendance is down.

We have been fortunate that no big problems have come up that are in need of repair.  There was a roof leak over the sanctuary a couple months ago that was repaired, some work was required on the sump pump in the kitchen, and the office air conditioner unit needed a part replaced.  We are on a budget for the gas we heat with, so it remains the same even in warm weather.  The electric bill is higher in the summer because of increased air conditioner use.  Through the generosity of an anonymous donation, the Children’s bathroom next to the nursery has had new fixtures (sink and toilet) installed -- THANK YOU.

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Because of the pandemic restrictions now in effect:

• All committee and group meetings are suspended until further notice.
• All Sunday School classes are suspended until further notice.
• No Elders, Deacons, or Liturgists are scheduled for the near future.
• Choir rehearsals are suspended until further notice.
• Sunday morning worship service continues to be held at 10:30 a.m. including a contact-free communion service.

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