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General eNewsletter   | March 18, 2020
 
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We Are Still the Hands and Heart of Jesus 
A video message from Bishop Jeff Lee

We Are Still the Hands and Heart of Jesus: A Message from Bishop Lee
We Are Still the Hands and Heart of Jesus: A Message from Bishop Lee

Yesterday, Bishop Lee spoke to the diocese about the COVID-19 pandemic and how the people of the church can continue to be the hands and heart of Jesus when we are not able to meet in person.

Suspension of In-Person Worship to Extend Beyond Easter
Recorded services with Bishop Lee will be available  

Bishop Jeff Lee announced today that the suspension of in-person worship in the diocese would extend beyond Holy Week and Easter.
 
"While I never thought I would find myself canceling the services at the heart of our liturgical year, I do so now because we must do everything we can to impede the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic," Lee said. "Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, and sometimes we must do that by fasting from the company of the people we love and the services that bring us peace and joy."
 
The bishop has encouraged congregations to explore online worship . In addition, he will preach in liturgies for this Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Day that will be prerecorded at St. James Cathedral and made available online. Additional details will be available this week.
 
Lee's announcement follows  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's March 17 request  that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended.
 
In a  letter to the diocese on March 12 , the bishop suspended in-person worship meetings and events across the diocese until further notice. Some of these meetings will be conducted online. Consult the diocesan calendar for details .

Habits of Grace /  Hábitos de Gracia
Monday Meditations from Presiding Bishop Curry /  Meditaciones para los lunes del Obispo Presidente Curry

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will offer a short video meditation each Monday. The new series is called "Habits of Grace." Watch the first video below, and find a transcript in English and Spanish on the Episcopal Church website.

Durante la pandemia COVID-19, el Obispo Presidente Michael Curry ofrecerá una corta meditación de vídeo cada lunes. La nueva serie se llama "Hábitos de Gracia". Vea el primer vídeo a continuación y encuentre una transcripción en inglés y español en el sitio web de la Iglesia Episcopal.

Week of March 16
Habits of Grace: Week of March 16

In Memoriam: The Rev. Cynthia Hallas
   
The Rev. Cynthia Johnston Hallas died suddenly of a brain aneurism on March 17 at the age of 66. 

Hallas served as as associate rector at St. Lawrence, Libertyville, as rector at St. Giles in Northbook, as interim rector at Christ Church, Waukegan, and had just begun serving as interim rector at St. Barnabas in Glen Ellyn. In addition to parish ministry,  she served as the diocese's liaison for interfaith and ecumenical partnerships on behalf of Bishop Jeff Lee. 

She is survived by husband, Jon; daughter Louisa McKellaston (kClare), a member of Bishop Lee's staff; son Ian (Nomin Zolzaya); and granddaughter, Maeve.  Services will be announced at a future date.

May light perpetual shine upon her.
Tracking Attendance at Online Worship & Parochial Reports

The General Convention office is advising churches to keep track of the metrics for digital worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic for possible inclusion in the 2020 parochial report.
 
More specific guidance will be forthcoming, the Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, executive officer of the General Convention, wrote in an email to diocesan administrators.
 
In the meantime, he recommends, noting "virtual attendance" using whatever metrics an online platform provides.
 
In addition, the  parochial report filing site  will remain live beyond the usual May 1 deadline. Once you have electronically filed, pease keep a signed copy in your own records. If you need assistance or have any questions about the parochial report, please contact Rebecca Elfring-Roberts at 312-751-6726.
Lay Employee Compensation and Benefits During COVID-19

If you have questions about pay and benefits for lay employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, please email Anna Stefaniak.
Event Cancelations and Postponements 

These churchwide, diocesan, and community events have been canceled or postponed. Please contact event organizers regarding cancelations, rescheduling and payments.

March 26-28: Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Training at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

April 4: Bishop Anderson House workshop at St. Andrew's, Downers Grove, "From Friendly Visits to Pastoral Conversations: A Learning Opportunity for Spiritual Care Providers" (Bishop Anderson House will contact registrants to process refunds)

April 4: Lenten Retreat at St. Thomas, Chicago

April 4: Dementia Friends Training at St. David's, Glenview

April 18: Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting at St. James Cathedral

May 1-3: Province V Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting 

May 5-6: Becoming Beloved Community Conference, Minneapolis

May 12-15: Nuevo Amanaecer at Kanuga Retreat and Conference Center

If you have event cancelations or postponements to share, please email episcopalchicago@gmail.com.
Episcopal Relief & Development Resources for COVID-19
March 20 webinar and online resources

On March 20 at 2 pm, Episcopal Relief & Development will offer an online conversation led by the Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White and Bishop Chilton Knudsen about family/partner violence, substance use and mental health during this time of social distancing and quarantine due to COVID-19.  Learn more and register

Find COVID-19 resources from Episcopal Relief & Development online. Resources for helping communities stay connected through prayer and bible study during the pandemic are also available on the Episcopal Relief & Development website.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Certified Church Treasurer Program
Applications due March 31  

The application process is now open for the  2020 Certified Church Treasurer Program . This free, online program is designed for treasurers, assistant treasurers, finance committee members, audit committee members, and clergy. 

Find the curriculum outline and application form online. If you are interested in the program or have questions, please email Keith Kampert.
Electing Convention Registration and Certifications

Registration is open for the  Special Convention for the Election of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago. The electing convention is scheduled to take place June 20 at  St. James Cathedral in Chicago. Bishop Lee will preside at the special convention, which is called solely for the purpose of the election. Due to the seating capacity of St. James Cathedral, attendance is limited to voting participants.  

Learn more about registration and certification of delegates  on the website .
COVID-19 Publication Schedule

During the COVID-19 epidemic, the diocese will publish a general email newsletter each Wednesday. 
Please send news about your congregation's ministry, mission and online events by noon on Tuesday to  Jen Boyle-Tucker .
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Zoom Video Conference Call for Youth and Formation Leaders
March 19 at Noon
 
Youth and formation leaders are invited to join a Zoom video conference call on March 19 at 12 pm, hosted by Associate for Youth Ministry Chad Senuta. We will check in to see how everyone is doing and spend time discussing how you and your church are ministering with children, youth, and families during this time of "challenging opportunity" as we all engage in social distancing and isolation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Hope you can join us!

Use this link to join the meeting or call 646-876-9923 and use code 450 638 401.
Clergy News
In Memoriam: The Rev. Daniel L. Banner  
Requiem mass available by live stream on March 30

The Rev. Daniel L. Banner, retired priest of our diocese, died on March 13 at the age of 91.  Read his obituary online

A Requiem Mass will be held at St. John's Anglican Parish at 10:30 am on March 30, accessible via livestream. For more information contact Hansen-Spear Funeral Home by email

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
In Memoriam: The Rev. Wendy DeFoe Lane
Celebration of life postponed

The Rev. Wendy DeFoe Lane, retired priest of our diocese, died on March 9. Read her obituary online.

The celebration of Wendy's life, originally planned for March 18, will be rescheduled for a future date. 

May light perpetual shine upon her.
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