Live Update to Residents-February 4, 2021

Today’s Live Update on our in-house TV970 covered the latest news at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. It featured John Burns, President and CEO; and Logan Augustine, Chaplain. The next Live Update will be Tuesday, February 9.

The following updates were shared.

John Burns

COVID-19 Update

Yesterday we learned that a Dining employee tested positive for COVID-19. A total of five employees who tested positive are recovering at home in quarantine. One resident is being cared for in the COVID-19 positive unit. Parsons Health Center Third Floor will remain in quarantine until Thursday, February 11.

Vaccination Updates

Our Independent Living vaccination clinic with CVS Health has been very successful! 275 people, mostly residents, were vaccinated yesterday. Today we anticipate approximately 200 more to be vaccinated. For those who received their first dose on February 3-4, second doses will be given on February 24-25.

Thank you to the team who managed the logistics for our vaccination clinic, including Sloan Verlander, Will Blackwell, Debra Jacobsen, the Resident Services team and many others. Thank you to residents for your help making the vaccination clinics run smoothly!

Annual Residents Association

The Annual Residents Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, during the Live Update. We hope you will tune in to hear from Pat Kawana, current President; and Bob Clewell, incoming President. There will be a surprise at the end.

Logan Augustine

Lenten Weekly Online Spiritual Practice Group with Rev. Bob Hetherington

While there are many types of spiritual practices, this group will look at the Gospel lesson for the coming Sunday. The group will read the lesson together, reflect and discuss. The group maximum is eight residents. Residents will need to download a specific program on their computers, tablets or cell phone. Pastoral Care will help with downloading the correct program. Details will be in the February 11 issue of The Tales.

Sermon for Every Sunday

On Sunday, February 7, at 4 p.m. on TV970, the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Jim Somerville will preach on the passage from Mark 1:29.

February Prayer Booklets

February Prayer Booklets have been distributed. If you have not received one and would like a copy, please contact Vanessa Perry at ext. 1502 or David Curtis at ext. 5179.

Ash Wednesday Service

Join us on Wednesday, February 17, at 10:30 a.m. on TV970. Rev. Dr. Lynn McClintock will preach. Service bulletins can be found in the February Prayer Booklet and at the Tower and Center Desks. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to offer ashes this year. Residents will be invited to make the sign of the cross at the appropriate time.

Lenten Journey

Our annual Lenten Journey booklets will be placed in resident boxes and available to staff between February 10-12. For 24 years, residents, staff and friends of Westminster Canterbury have written devotions for our Lenten Journey booklet. This booklet has become a staple of the Westminster Canterbury community, as well as in the wider Richmond community. Many thanks to all residents and staff who submitted contributions.

The Terma Collective

May our eyes remain open even in the face of tragedy.

May we not become disheartened.

May we find in the dissolution

of our apathy and denial,

the cup of the broken heart.

May we discover the gift of the fire burning

in the inner chamber of our being –

burning great and bright enough

to transform any poison.

May we offer the power of our sorrow to the service

of something greater than ourselves.

May our guilt not rise up to form

yet another defensive wall.

May the suffering purify and not paralyze us.

May we realize the greatness of our sorrow

and not run from its touch or flame.

May clarity be our ally and wisdom our support.

May our wrath be cleansing, cutting through

the confusion of denial and greed.

May we not be afraid to see or speak our truth.

May the bleakness of the wasteland be dispelled.

May the soul’s journey be revealed

and the true hunger fed.

May we be forgiven for what we have forgotten

and blessed with the remembrance

of who we really are.

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