Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 9, 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. Today’s briefing was followed by a short worship service led by Logan Augustine and David Curtis, Chaplains.

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

John Burns

Social distancing and self-quarantine measures are stressful. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the great weather outside and get some exercise. Stay connected with friends and loved ones by phone and video. Please be vigilant in self-quarantine and social distancing measures. We continue to train our employees to follow these measures.

Thank you to resident Barton Campbell for his letter to the editor in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today, helping provide clarification between Westminster Canterbury Richmond and the situation at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

Our one employee with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis continues to be asymptomatic. Her husband continues to be treated in the hospital. Our second resident who had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is recovering in the hospital. She will return to campus when she may be taken care of safely in Parsons Health Center.

There are several reasons that Westminster Canterbury has resumed certain construction and renovation projects. Apartment renovations are underway because we have new resident contracts with individuals who have already sold their homes. We have two move-ins scheduled in the next two weeks, and there has been extensive planning to ensure the moves happen safely. Heating and air conditioning project work resumed so that all Courtyard residents will have air conditioning before summer. The Spiritual Center project is planned for this year, with all construction work happening outside of our main buildings. If we were to cease work on the Spiritual Center now, there would be financial penalties. These capital projects are separate from operating budgets that include staffing, programs and more. Many other projects are on hold.

If you have any questions, please let Resident Services or the Front Desk know so we can bring you more information about operations during these times. We hope to have more answers about banking and mail delivery soon.

The next briefing will be Friday at 3 p.m. There will be no briefings this weekend unless they are needed.

A brief worship service was led by Logan Augustine and David Curtis.


A Call to Worship (Deuteronomy 6:4)

One: Hear, O Israel,

All: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.


Gracious God, you remind us that, through your love, you liberated your people from enslavement and from sin. Liberate us today from our fear and from our doubt. Free us from hopelessness and from despair. Raise us up in love and in hope. Surround us with grace and with compassion. Walk with us as you walked in the cool of evening in the garden. Amen

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’

Rev. Deacon Logan Augustine


The LORD bless you and keep you;

The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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