The Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020
Church in the Wilderness, Week 3
Dear Friends,

We are entering into the third week of what is becoming our new normal of "social distancing" and sheltering in place.  The church buildings may be empty and closed, but it is clear that the Church in the world is alive and well.  I have been heartened by the way you all have gathered around each other (from a safe distance of course).  I have heard many instances of you calling to check on each other, shopping for each other, and finding ways of staying community together.  This is the very definition of Church, when we hold each other up in Christ's love during difficult times.  One of the reasons the early church grew so rapidly is because during times of plague, Christ followers took care of those who were sick, providing basic care and compassion.  God's love becomes palpable when we care for each other with Christ-like love.  

One day soon, we will all be God's people gathered together again, when we will celebrate God's gift of new life found in Christ's resurrection.  It won't be on Easter Sunday proper, but whenever it is, it will be our Easter celebration.  

In the meantime, our virtual worship will continue with Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  You can join us by clicking here.  Please invite others to join us.

For the duration of the church's closure, I will be holding virtual office hours every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon.  Please feel free to join me to keep in touch, ask questions, and receive any updates from our parish or the Diocese.  You can join in these meetings by clicking here.

As always, I am here for you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.  Please continue praying for each other and for our nation.

Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy 
Please continue to keep the Eysenbach's in your prayers.  Ginny is home from the hospital and she and Beth continue to recover at home.  Geoff remains in ICU on a respirator.  Please keep him and the medical staff caring for him in your prayers.
In the Anglican tradition, we pray the daily offices, either together or individually.  Even when we pray the Offices individually we know that there are other Christians all around the world praying the same prayers and meditating on the same scripture lessons along with us, so we never pray alone.  During these times of isolation, please join in praying the Daily Office.  The Mission of St. Clare provides easy to follow prayers for morning, evening, and noontime, in addition to other prayer resources.  You can join in by clicking here.
Thank you for your generosity and helping St. John's maintain our budget during these times of uncertainty.  Though the church building is closed, the bills continue to come in.  You can contribute to the work and mission of St. John the Evangelist by clicking the "Give Now" button below, or by mailing a check to the church.  We are also receiving requests for help from those whose jobs have been impacted by this crisis and anticipate many more requests to come in as time goes on.  Please consider making additional contributions to the "Rector's Discretionary Fund."  To do so, please mail a check to Fr. Jeremy at the address below and note "Rector's Discretionary Fund" on the memo line of your check.  
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