May 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

May 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri(pdf)      choosingSaferAct(CDC pdf)

May 14, 2021

Those who have attended worship in the church during the last two weekends had to strain under limited lights to read their bulletins. For the safety of those working on the church roof, a set of lights in the church could not be turned on. GOOD NEWS — we can turn them on again!  Full watt power is back this Sunday. Thank you so much for your patience


ROOF, STEEPLE AND AC UPDATE is on its way to you in the mail. There will soon be a thermometer on the Faith Building Together bulletin board to track our progress on donations toward retiring our $100,00o debt. So far, we have $34,411 donated.  56% of the Faith Building Together Cards returned. Could we get up to 85?
P.S. We have another matching challenge starting soon.

BREAKING NEWS – NEW CDC GUIDELINES  What does that mean at Haven? For THIS Sunday, We WILL ask you to wear masks and practice social distancing. (For more information see last article in today’s E-Message.)


Tanner Meredith shares the news “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19.)






A big thank you to Brenda Hassinger for making our lesson about the ascension of Jesus so powerful and fun.  James Paul, Quill and Roark loved the activity Marge dropped off and then we had the idea for a photo shoot outside under the clouds to go along with the craft.
We had great discussion about how Jesus was resurrected as a person, who walked around, ate, fed the disciples and they touched him and learned from him until the very second he ascended.  We then tasted a tiny speck of salt to see how much flavor a tiny speck can hold as we talked about our role to add salt and light to those we meet.
Jamie and Jim Cannon

With great sadness I share the news that Fritz Carbaugh, husband of Jean Carbaugh, died suddenly on Monday. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at Minnich’s. There will be visitation one hour before the funeral. Please keep Jean and family in your prayers.



BLESS IT AND IT WILL GROW?  Well, that’s what Haven Garden Buddies are hoping. We will bless Haven’s community vegetable and flower garden after worship this Sunday, May 16th, weather permitting.
We thank Cliff Britton for arranging for the garden to be tilled. After we get fencing up, planting will commence, with great hope for a good harvest. If you’d like a place to plant a few plants, please contact Amy Mason. The more buddies (not bunnies) the better.



9:30 a.m. Worship – In person and on-line (Good day to wear red)

10:45 a.m. God Squad Explorers Drive- Thru
Stay to wave at our Sunday School Explorers who learned about   the love of God and Bible stories at home even during a pandemic! They and their parents will drive through the parking lot, gathering congratulations and goodies.
God Squad Explorers — remember to wear your T-shirt and, if you still have it, your helmet



When your pastor gets regular coffee
rather than decaf.


Here is what was posted on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website. (A CDC chart for choosing safer activities will be attached to this message.)
Summary of Recent Changes

Updates as of May 13, 2021

  • Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter

Key Points

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

In Maryland, it was announced, “Effective May 15, indoor and outdoor venues may resume normal operations. All remaining capacity restrictions will be lifted on all indoor entertainment venues and conventions, and all outdoor entertainment, art, and sports venues, including all ticketed events.”  The Governor also anticipates removing mask requirements when the vaccination rate in Maryland reaches 70%. (Washington County’s vaccination rate is only 30%)

We WILL ask those attending church to wear masks and practice social distancing until Haven’s Re-Gathering Team can review the latest information and make recommendations to the Council. We will not only need to consider the CDC and Maryland guideline but also what will provide the assurances that will allow folks to feel safe as they attend worship. So stay tuned. AND allow yourself a cautious but refreshing happy dance as it seems we are moving out of the greatest dangers of the COVID pandemic

Hope to see you in church!

Your pastor and partner in ministry,
Linda M Alessandri