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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
The new updated pastoral directive from the Episcopal bishops in Michigan has made it clear—our church is going to be very careful and intentional as we continue to move forward through this pandemic.
While they—and many of us—had hoped for a return on May 10, one that could be a full church of joyous parishioners celebrating our triumph over this virus, it turns out that Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are deadlier, more contagious, and harder to control than we had imagined.
What this new directive means for St. John's is that the way of life we have cultivated over these past six weeks will continue for the foreseeable future. We will continue streaming worship on our YouTube Channel each Sunday, daily Noonday prayers Monday through Thursday at 12:30pm on Facebook Live, and a daily Zoom Check-In at various times of the day throughout the week (schedule online here). Parish Administrator Cindi Sanders will also continue to lead the curbside-only offering of Loving Spoonfuls on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings and the drive-by Food Pantry from Monday through Thursday, 4-6pm.
I'm grateful to the Afton family, especially Nick Afton, for the generosity in donating several pieces of video and lighting equipment to the church, so that we can upgrade the quality of our Sunday live-stream of worship. Hopefully you notice an increase in quality last week and you will see that continue as we try to present you with a live opportunity for worship that is life-giving and grounded in our Anglican tradition.
We do not know when we will be able to enter Phase Two of the bishop's plan and begin looking for a careful re-entry into our building. Current projections from HealthData.org suggests that social distancing is unlikely to be safely relaxed until May 21, at the earliest. That means we are likely to remain in Phase One: Hiatus at least through the end of May, if not early June.
Once state officials have determined that social distancing measures may begin to be relaxed, and our bishops agree we can prepare for a transition into Phase Two: Re-entry, the Vestry and Staff will work together to follow the carefully prepared guidelines from our diocese for the resumption of worship. That resumption will not include Eucharist or congregational singing, and will continue to be streamed so that all can access it.
Thank you to everyone working to help the ministry of St. John's continue in these trying times. Thank you to our bishops and diocesan leaders for the painstaking work they have put into keeping us safe and enabling the church's ministries of worship, formation, and justice to continue in these difficult and dangerous times.
Read more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, May 10, 2020 online here.
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