Rector's Update, Fall 2020
Note: for additional reopening updates, please see also the COVID-19 News menu tab for news.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are delighted to announce we will offer outside, in-person, Sunday morning worship at 8:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 4 with limited seating. We will continue this each week (weather permitting) as long as Tulsa health report conditions make this possible. We are so excited to begin seeing some of you in person, but do temper that with the reminder that each parishioner should only come if that is the right decision for you, your health, or your family. Reservations will be required. Please see the email Constant Contact invitation from the church office to reserve your spot, or call Diana in the church office.
While our church building remains closed to the public, our church and the work that we do as a parish is ongoing and we are excited to ramp up plans and programs for the fall season. Our hard-working staff is continuing to do the work that is necessary for Saint John’s Church to move forward. And our Stewardship annual pledge campaign, themed "All In," has begun. Join us in supporting the many Saint John's ministries.
We are continuing to provide Morning Prayer Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. On Sundays we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., and then we will have a sung Evensong at 5:30 p.m. All of these services are online, and can be accessed directly through Facebook or through our website at SJTULSA.org. All existing live/recorded offerings will continue at the same time, regardless of our Sunday service beginning outside.
Additionally, I will continue to do a vlog each week and Joseph has a full schedule of wonderful music offerings and classes for the month of October! Our new Bible study is open to all and held each Sunday on Zoom (or on Wednesday nights as a recording. Two book studies are underway this month. And, a Youth Zoom monthly chat has begun.
Volunteers are reaching out to parishioners with a phone call to check-in and see if there is anyway for us to support you and your families. If you need help, don’t think a moment before you ask. We are happy to be there for you. We have expanded our monthly printed and mailed newsletter, and that compliments our social media and e-new twice weekly communications.
At this time of social distancing we can stay connected virtually through our daily prayers for each other and for our community. Please remember that while we endure this inconvenience, many are in a battle for their lives as COVID-19 continues to ravage the world. Prayers are needed now more than ever!
My Reopening Advisory Council continues to meet regularly to discuss preparations to allow us to reopen the church more fully for in-person worship when the virus cases decline and it it possible to do so safely in Tulsa.
And now: May the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. The blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you now and forever more. Amen!