Lent at St. Mark’s

A Letter from Pastor Debra
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

This has always been a favorite scripture passage for me as it reminds me in times of good and bad that God is God and that God’s love is steadfast.  In fact, it is God’s love that binds us one to another and that love is a gift that we, in turn, offer to one another and to the world.

Out of this love, we are responding to the coronavirus.  We know that coronavirus can be mitigated through our personal actions which will save lives.  In the spirit of Christian love, and by the direction of Bishop Jeff Lee, the following plan will go into effect at St. Mark’s:

Sunday Public Worship is suspended effective immediately. I will be at the church this Sunday offering worship in the event that this message does not reach everyone; but after Sunday, no worship will be offered in the church on Sunday mornings at least through the end of March. We will await further direction from the Bishop as Holy Week and Easter approach. Please help me get the word out by reaching out to one another – especially to those who may not check email frequently or who do not have a computer.

In-person parish meetings, groups and other St. Mark’s gatherings are cancelled effective immediately. Consider having meetings through conference calls and video meetings. Again, this is through the end of March and then we will reevaluate and follow the direction of our bishop.

Ministry to the most vulnerable will continue. I have been in contact with Donna Richardson regarding the Wednesday lunch program and a few volunteers will pack sack lunches which will be distributed to guests to go.  This is in keeping with what other soup kitchens in our community are doing.  Nursing homes are closed to visitors and, following their lead, I will also be limiting home visits to emergencies.

Staying Connected. I will be working on creative ways for us to continue to reach out to those who are already isolated in our community and we will need to be creative in the ways we reach out to one another so that we don’t all become isolated.

Giving to the Church
This is a relatively small matter, but please stay current on your giving by mailing a check to the church or, better still click on the donate button. This will stabilize cash flow during what may be a bumpy few weeks. 

As always, I can be reached at  rector@stmarksevanston.org or on my cell 847-732-9564 (24/7 in case of emergency). Let me know if there is anything I can do, or if you aren’t feeling well (especially if you are hospitalized).  I offer Presiding Bishop Curry’s words as a beautiful reminder again of the strength of God’s love:

We are part of the human family of God. Jesus came to show us that his way of love is the way of life. It’s God’s human family. It takes us all. We are in this together. We can walk through this together, and we will find our way in our life together.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,
Pastor Debra+

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