Friday night the Mid-Atlantic region experienced the unexpected effects of a massive storm called a Derecho. Described as a “straight-line windstorm” with thunderstorms, a derecho storm can come along suddenly and cause damage comparable to that of a level one hurricane. There have been massive power outages at the same time we have been experiencing temperatures that are topping 100 degrees.
Many in our diocese are still without power and communication lines. Some of our churches this past weekend were not able to hold Sunday services due to the loss of power and road closures.
Even as we are recovering from this unexpected storm, I am also hearing stories of how members of our church communities are coming to the aid of one another, especially those who are most vulnerable to the heat: the elderly, the very young and those that are ill. Many are taking in families who have lost power and air conditioning or are reaching out with food and supplies to their neighbors.
Indeed, there are many stories on how congregations found other ways to reach out and do ministry during the power outage. One was Christ Church Vienna.
With the power out and unable to access their worship space at a local school, Christ Church Vienna got creative - they went to the ballfield! They picked up where they were and headed to the school ballfield where they worshiped in the sunny outdoors, celebrating communion and hearing a message on Romans from their guest speaker, Aaron Damiani. The power may have been out in the County, but not at Christ Church!