Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 8, 2020-3 p.m.

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is keeping our residents up-to-date on the latest news related to our COVID-19 response. Hear from our 3 p.m. live update to residents from John Burns, President and CEO; Sherry Grady, Vice President Facilities Management; Patti Pickering, Fitness Specialist; and Vanessa Perry, Pastoral Care Administrator.

The following updates were shared during the live briefing on TV970.

John Burns

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports:

• 30,645 people have been tested for COVID-19

• Total positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia are 3,645

• 615 have been hospitalized

• 75 total deaths

We apologize for technical difficulties yesterday but are glad to know that so many residents are watching the briefings live on TV970.

Our second resident who tested positive for COVID-19 continues to be treated in the hospital. She is stable and making a slow recovery.

Outgoing Mail

All outgoing mail from the blue outdoor US Post Office Boxes and internal outgoing boxes has been given to the US Post Office. Residents may continue to place outgoing mail in the blue boxes or in the baskets at the Tower or Center Desk.

Sherry Grady

Azalea Garden Center Orders

There will be a one-time opportunity to order planting materials such as bedding plants, vegetables and herbs from Azalea Garden Center. Order sheets will be in resident mailboxes this week. Please fill out the order form and return it in one of three collection box locations: Tower Lobby, Garden Main Level Lobby, Center Lobby. All orders must be received by Tuesday, April 14. Your Declining Balance account will be charged on Wednesday, April 15. Kathleen will place the orders on Friday, April 17.

Orders will be available for pick up:

• Tower/Garden Residents – pergola near the Tower Resident Gardens on Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

• Courtyard/Homes on the Green Residents – East Lot on Friday, April 24, at 1 p.m.

All orders are final. There will be no refunds or charge backs to your account. All pricing includes tax. Azalea Garden Center reserves the right to make same price substitutions if an item is unavailable. Any planting must be done on your own because our Grounds crew will not be available to assist you. Direct all questions, comments or concerns to Sherry at ext. 5110. Please do not call Resident Services or Accounting regarding the Azalea Garden Center orders.

Lower Level

Please refrain from using the Lower Level as many employees and contractors must work in these areas, which increases your chance for exposure. Please use the Main Level for all of your travel throughout the building. Do not go to the Lower Level Mail Room. If you have copying or shipping needs, please call the Front Desk by dialing 0 for instructions.

A new video update on the Spiritual Center construction is on Facebook and will be airing on TV970 soon.

Wellness Update – Patti Pickering

Patti Pickering shared tips for staying healthy and active through the CV-19 Cardiovascular Challenge and walking around campus.

• Participate according to your ability and comfort level. The exercises can be done standing or seated.

• The exercises are considered low to moderate intensity, so there’s no need to push too hard.

• Watch the briefing video for demonstrations of this week’s exercises, with the goal to do each one 19 times or for 19 seconds. Participate and adjust according to your own ability and comfort. Monday – marching in place, Tuesday – arm circles, Wednesday – hamstring curls, Thursday – cross-body reach, Friday – chair jumping jacks or standing half-jacks. String them all together to make a great workout!

• Walking provides numerous health benefits to all your bodily systems, including your mental and emotional health and well-being.

• Spring is in full swing. It’s a beautiful time to walk outside. Nature is therapeutic and serves as a reminder of the natural order and rhythms of life. Daily activities, practices or habits, like exercise, creative art, writing or going for a walk, serve as anchors to help us stay grounded and calm and lessen anxiety.

Pastoral Care – Vanessa Perry

A Sermon for Every Sunday will be aired on TV970 tomorrow at 11 a.m. Dr. James Somerville, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Richmond, will present a Palm Sunday sermon called “Sometimes We Get It Right,” taken from Luke 19:28-40.

The Easter Sunday service, led by Westminster Canterbury Richmond chaplains, will air on TV970 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will take the place of the theater performance normally scheduled for 7 p.m.

John 13:21-32 New International Version (NIV)

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

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