Dear Friends in Christ,
Since I last communicated with you, new developments have continued to arise related to the COVID 19 outbreak. Governor Pritzker, in consultation with public health authorities, has mandated the closure of all public schools, banned all large gatherings and discouraged other non-essential in person meetings. As you likely know, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has ordered that beginning tonight in-person worship is suspended. Many of our surrounding Lutheran congregations as well as other neighboring churches have suspended worship as well. This morning you may have heard that a student at NU became the first confirmed case of the virus in Evanston.
Out of an abundance of caution for our own members, and a desire to be responsible actors in our community committed to doing our part to minimize the potential for community transmission, we have made the determination that it is not prudent to gather the community together for worship at Trinity tomorrow morning.
In place of “In-person worship”, we will be presenting a service electronically. There will be more details to follow giving you direction on how and when you will be able to connect and experience the service in your home.
Though there are certain events happening at Trinity that cannot be cancelled (We are a polling place for Tuesday’s election), all other in-person meetings and gatherings are to be suspended until further notice.
We anticipate that the circumstances that precipitate these changes will continue for a number of weeks, and that the policy changes regarding worship and other church gatherings will continue to apply. We encourage you to monitor your e-mail for further updates from Trinity and check our website (trinityevanston.org) for the most up to date information from Trinity.
As we continue to sort out what it will mean not to gather together physically as the body of Christ, we will be working together to find new ways to be in community, to care for one another and to be the church.
These are indeed troubling times. The pandemic is source of fear and uncertainty for many. No matter what else is uncertain, however, we are assured that the love and provision of our Lord is absolutely certain. May we join with St. Paul and know the hope of his faithful proclamation, For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor 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
(Church staff will continue to be accessible as always.)