Pastor Bass Mitchell retired on September 1, 2021.

STEPHENS CITY — Joining Stephens City United Methodist Church during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, said Rev. Bass Mitchell.

For one thing, getting around to everyone to introduce himself as the new pastor isn’t what it used to be — “To say, ‘Hey, this is me.’ … That’s a challenge in and of itself.”

In addition to not being able to visit in person, he said, some people in the church don’t have phones.

“I’m going to have to use carrier pigeons,” he joked, though that isn’t too far from the truth.

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