Hello Emory family:
We wish to thank you for your unfailing support of the ministry of The Emory Fellowship, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic. Your participation in virtual worship, ZOOM calls, phone calls and other methods have been outstanding as we seek to stay connected, meet each other’s tangible needs and be a visible, helpful presence in our community. As we move through the stages of the re-opening process in the District of Columbia, our number one priority is your health and safety. This is foundational as we pursue God’s vision for us to lead people to WHOLE lives.
With this said, we will return to the sanctuary for worship and to the Beacon Center for meetings, gatherings, etc. ONLY when it is safe to have large gatherings. While so many of us, myself included, sorely miss the interaction, hugs, handshakes, and personal greetings that in-person worship and ministry activity provide, health and safety must be our primary focus. Life is more important than anything. Although the situation is very fluid in D.C., the city is currently in Phase One of re-opening and while the “stay at home” order has been lifted, there are still certain restrictions around gatherings of 10 or more persons. We will continue to monitor the guidance offered by the Mayor and city leadership on the safe re-opening of the city. (Visit coronavirus.dc.gov for continuous updates on the District’s COVID-19 recovery).
We will be making decisions through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and by following CDC guidelines, medical and scientific evidence, and guidance from our local officials and our denomination. In the meantime, we will continue our Sunday worship services, bible studies and the like online — on Facebook Live, YouTube and ZOOM — at the appointed times. Please check our “Go to Guide” and our weekly updates via CCB for ministry information.
Although we will not worship in the sanctuary or meet in the Beacon Center until it is safe to do so, we will have some outside worship and ministry events throughout the summer that you will be hearing about soon. These will require us wearing masks, practicing proper social distancing and following all CDC protocols. We want to be able to at least see each other and talk with each other in person when possible, as we continue to minister to our community and navigate all things pandemic. In addition, we are finalizing an Emory Re-Opening Task Force that will guide us through the re-opening process safely. This Task Force will prioritize providing our members with regular updates on the status of re-opening.
I thank God for each and every one of you. In a year where our lives have been turned upside down, you have been fabulous, and for that, we are grateful. Let’s stay close, and stay encouraged!
Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., Lead Pastor