Dear friends,

Bishop Lee released this letter yesterday announcing a suspension of all in-person worship and gatherings due to the increase in COVID-19 cases around the Diocese. Around the same time, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued a Stay at Home Advisory. Both of these take effect on Monday. I believe these are very sensible responses to current conditions and am reminded of our call to love "the least of these", many of whom face increased risk of severe illness if infected.

We will still have our live-streamed Eucharist tomorrow morning as planned, with only the necessary participants in attendance -- so please tune in via Facebook at 9:15am. But we are implementing the following changes, effective Monday, November 16th:
  • All worship will be via Zoom and Facebook Live. We will not be streaming from Emmanuel but will do online Morning Prayer from our homes as we did in the early months of the pandemic. We will gather for a brief social time from 9:00-9:15am, have the service from 9:15-10:00am, and then move into formation afterwards. You can find the Zoom link below.
  • All meetings and activities will move online. The building is essentially closed.
  • The staff will be teleworking until further notice, only coming to the church for essential duties and to check the building periodically.

I don't know how long this situation will last. The Bishop's directive is for at least three weeks and Cook County apparently intends at least 30 days. My sincere hope is that we will have the numbers down in time for Christmas so that we will be able to worship together in person.

If you would like to talk during this difficult time, please feel free to either call/text me or just reply to this email. I will also be in touch next week with some spiritual resources which you can use at home.

Finally, I bid your prayers for those who have contracted this virus and for all those working to stop the spread of disease.


Sunday Morning
9:15am Service
10am Formation

Zoom Link for Service and Formation:
Dial In: (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 849 7678 0347, passcode 941276

Facebook Page for Streamed Service:

Church Website for Service Bulletin (tomorrow only):


Wednesday Night Compline
7:30pm Fellowship
8pm Service

Zoom Link:
Dial In: (312) 626-6799 and meeting ID 777 148 332
Join us for night-time prayer: a time to take a break, connect with each other, and ground ourselves in prayer and hope.


Tuesday and Thursday Mornings
Meditation Group

Zoom Link:
Dial In: (312) 626-6799 and meeting ID 871 543 456
Meeting password is 920417

Our goal during this time is to strengthen our connections with one another. We believe we can come out of this a stronger church and community. If you are looking for some way you can help, then pick up the phone and call a friend and fellow parishioner to check in with him or her.

Not only will it help them, it will help you feel connected. When we come together even over the phone, email, Zoom etc., it gives us all a little hope.

For the Emmanuel directory click Here