Dear City of Light Family,
As I announced on April 11 and again last Sunday, our team has been reviewing recently updated COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC. The Illinois Department of Public Health also updated its recommendations for Houses of Worship for the first time since June of 2020. I am so grateful to Jordan Hirstein and Ryan Kurtz as well as the Parish Council and Staff for their work on this!
Last year as we were preparing to regather, we listed these five values for making decisions during the pandemic:
In keeping with our values and the current recommendations:
We have also studied the Illinois Department of Health’s 20 pages of recommendations for children and in the next weeks we hope to:
During March, we have already:
As we did last summer, we are encouraging groups to meet in person outdoors when able and to eat together as able. Each group leader will check with the group about what protocols they are comfortable with for meeting indoors, taking into account those who are vulnerable, vaccinated, or in a quarantine bubble together.
For those who are in a quarantine bubble and for those who are vaccinated, we encourage you to gather in person, share meals as able, and to reach out to those at City of Light you haven’t been able to see in person or you haven’t met. I especially encourage you to reach out to others of a different age or life stage or ethnicity.
We are working on an updated Parish Directory. If you would like to be added or need to update it, email email@example.com.
We are so excited for our Sunday Convivios! Convivio is a Spanish word meaning fun-life-together-feasts. Join us as we gather and rejoice every Sunday at 12:30 as a church family at McCullough Park (150 W Illinois Ave) for summer fun and food. Summer Convivios begin on May 9th. Bring your own lunch or individually wrapped snacks to share.
As I said on April 11, I am so grateful for how, throughout this pandemic, you all have prioritized being together safely and loving one another well even through differences of opinions, life situations, and vulnerabilities. We are all weary of having to think and talk about these decisions. I am weary of having to make them.
I am thankful for the promise in Isaiah 40 that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not faint.”
And I am encouraged by what the Lord is doing in our church, how he is shepherding us—strengthening us for this pandemic journey—and how he longs to shepherd those around us who do not know him as their Good Shepherd.
May you know the shepherding of the Lord this day.