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 Covid-19. We know that Covid-19 can be mitigated through our personal actions which will save lives.
Sunday In-Person Worship will resume outdoors (weather permitting) in mid-July. In inclement weather, there will be no in-person worship but online worship will continue. Watch the St. Mark’s eLion for more details.
Sunday Online Worship is offered weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Worship will take place via Zoom. For log-in information, email rector (at) stmarksevanston (dot) org.
In-person parish meetings, groups and other St. Mark’s gatherings may be held after consultation with me to ensure that appropriate safety precautions are planned for and implemented. Consider having meetings through conference calls and video meetings.
Ministry to the most vulnerable will continue. I remain available for pastoral care emergencies by phone (847-732-9564) and, in some cases, may be able to visit depending on the relative risk factors involved.
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 (at) stmarksevanston (dot) 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,