Church of the Transfiguration, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
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Church of the Transfiguration, Blue Mountain Lake, NY - COVID19 Update
Brothers and Sisters:
We are rapidly approaching the time when we usually prepare to head to camp for the season or begin planning our annual summer visitation to the Adirondacks. It has been a time of joyful anticipation for me since I was old enough to understand it. The Adirondacks are a magical place, with history, memories and expectations for each of us in so many different ways.
We are faced, this year, with a health threat the likes of which our generation has never experienced. The pandemic has changed the way we do just about everything we once took for granted. And it's going to change how we experience this summer in the Adirondacks.
After weeks of discussion with Tracy and our Executive Committee, medical experts, and the Diocese of Albany, we have decided, in the interest of the health and safety of our congregation, not to open The Church of the Transfiguration this summer. Here is the text of the email I sent to the Bishop of Albany, along with his response:
After extended consultation with my Senior Warden, Executive Committee, and with local medical counsel, we at The Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain believe that the danger to our summer congregation is too great to consider opening the church at all this summer. With the influx of people to the central Adirondacks, especially in High Season, from literally all over the world, there is an extremely high risk for an increase in Covid 19 infection. Transfiguration, due to its physical capacity and with its congregation in constant flux, will never be able to consistently provide adequate social distancing and conformity with best practices in this current crisis. Here in Garrett County, MD, a rural area in the westernmost part of the state, we have seen a 40% rise in the infection rate since the governor and county commissioners relaxed travel restrictions in the state and opened up rental properties here, again. My local medical experts believe that we are about a month and a half behind NYC and Baltimore and I fear that the North Country has the same prospects this summer. Consequently, I cannot, in good conscience, and given the geographic diversity of visitors to the church, consider opening the church at all this summer. I am in regular communication with members via email, telephone, and regular mail. The seasonal members I have spoken to understand and agree with our position. Prayer, being not about place but of Spirit and Truth will continue with this congregation. My prayers for your continued good work in this crisis continue, and I trust you will understand our concerns.
In Christ's peace,
And here is the bishop's response:
Thank you for sharing your decision not to open the Church of the Transfiguration this summer. I think you made a wise decision. I pray you and your family remain safe.
God Bless! +Bill"
I will keep you updated as we move through the summer and I will supplement this email with a regular mail letter as soon as possible. Our website www.transfigurationbluemountain.org will also be updated. On the one hand, this decision was pretty much a no brainer. The health and safety of our congregation is always of paramount importance. On the other hand, it was an agonizing decision for all of us because Transfiguration has been such an integral part of our lives for so long. Please continue your prayers for each other and for Hamilton County and for all those who have been caught up in the devastation of this disease. My prayers continue for each of you for good health, safety, and a Spirit filled heart.
The Rev. Dr. Chip Lee
Priest in Charge
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!
The Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain Lake, NY is open to all as a haven of spiritual nourishment and
to provide hospitality, healing, hope and attention to the needs of our Adirondack community.
We are a seasonal Church open to all who wish to come; serving the entire Central Adirondack Region from
the first Sunday in June through the last Sunday in September each year. Please check our "Service Schedule" for times, events and celebrants.
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