Dear Friends and Families of Saint Miriam,
I hope you will watch my video and that it brings you some deeper understanding into our collective decision to move back to a temporary, virtual only format. As we all recognize, sadly, the COVID-19 Pandemic is not lessening, but strengthening in its veracity. Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, of Montgomery County, stated clearly in our teleconference yesterday that there is presently "A big, explosive growth", and today we wake to find that in the US we the highest daily death toll in six months.
As we fail so often to heed the warnings of health care professionals and to take needed steps to flatten down the curve we literally sacrifice, not our freedoms, but those we love and people we may never know who may be impacted by our choices. Therefore, I feel it is incumbent upon us, as a parish of welcome and where every life matters, to set aside our personal and corporate desire to gather, to assist in our small, collective way in bringing this pandemic to an end, and permit us years of life and happiness together.
We know it’s been a tough year in so many ways. The pandemic, financial strains, distancing, loss of family interaction, worrying about our kids, even the holidays will be different. But finally, a new day has dawned with the passing of an election and the dawning of something so longed for: hope.
Throughout 2020, Saint Miriam has remained a vital part of your lives. We have struggled just like you, but we have remained strong, safe, and true to our mission. Children are still receiving scholarships to attend our school, the homeless are still receiving support through our outreach, those living in their cars are still calling our lower parking lot home every evening, and parishioners are still receiving sacraments, pastoral care, and worship opportunities. Children are engaged in both in-person and virtual learning through faith formation. We even managed to bring about a beautifully renovated Sanctuary, increased live-stream and virtual worship and devotional opportunities, too! Soon you may also enjoy our Annual Concert and Silent Auction…Virtually!
Now, we need you more than ever. Please consider an End of Year Gift to help us enter 2021 with a clean slate, renewed hope, and less struggle.
We have been there for you throughout this unprecedented year. Won’t you be there for us now? Please? Give today.