America is returning to normal. With the growing number of citizens vaccinated and the infection rates down significantly, many communities within the Potomac Conference territory have reopened to pre-pandemic levels.
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have lifted all restrictions on capacity limits and social distancing. The mask mandate has also been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated, meaning they have cleared the two-week waiting period after their final immunization.
As churches begin to open, it is important to keep in mind that not everyone has been vaccinated either because of choice, medical reasons or due to age restrictions. Currently, there is no approved vaccine for children under the age of 12. This means churches and schools must have clear and precise protocols in place to protect the safety of everyone.
To find the latest information on COVID-19 in your state visit the following websites:
The Potomac Conference wishes to express its sincere thanks to each of you as through the grace of GOD we managed our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Your congenial spirit of cooperation, commitment to being mission-focused, and your faithful support of tithe and offerings have been appreciated.
Now that we have experienced church Beyond the Walls, let’s make plans to determine how we can take ministry outside the confines of the building and meet the people where they are.
Click the following links and check with the following organizations for the latest information on the CONVID -19:
Live-Streaming and Online Giving
Congregations are currently not meeting in a physical buildings. Below is a list of churches in the Potomac Conference that provide live streaming and/or have archived services.
Online Church Services
Live-Streaming for the First Time?
From the North American Division: We want our church to come back stronger and more unified from this experience. Normally we talk about how digital technologies are a powerful means to scale up traditional ministry and evangelism, but COVID-19 has pushed the need for digital to be the priority. Below are several resources we think you will find useful to help migrate your worship service and help you build an online community for your church. We’ll keep this page updated as we add more resources.
During this time, we encourage you to make use of online giving to ensure God’s work continues strongly. Tithe and offering can be given through the AdventistGiving App or their online platform. Please check with your church’s website or with your local treasurer in case a different online platform is used.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV): “Remember this… whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Trust Services and Planned Giving
During this time, leadership in the Stewardship and Planned Giving Department will work remotely / online with constituent members who are establishing their estate plan (Last Will and Testament, Advanced Medical Directives & Power of Attorney for Finances) through this office. Reach out to Tony Reyes or call 540.886.0771 ext. 202 for the following two options:
- Zoom meeting (we will fill the forms via zoom)
- Online platform (pcsda.giftlegacy.com) where each church member can create an account and go through the process at their own pace.