Rev. Dr. Dane Neufeld

  November 13, 2020  

Dear Friends,  

I am writing to inform you that our Diocese has decided to postpone in-person services and gatherings for four weeks, beginning this Sunday, November 15. It is possible this time frame could be extended. This decision affects our Sunday morning worship and we will be moving to a livestream service. Gatherings at the Church that happen throughout the week will also be postponed, though our Church office will remain open, and our staff will be available.  

Personally, this is a disappointment to me though I understand the difficulties of these decisions. I suspect many of you will share in my disappointment, though for some cases disappointment may be mixed with relief. Whatever the case may be I pray that we would find it in our hearts to continue supporting each other throughout this time of restriction. Few things seem clear these days, except that God is with us and will sustain us through whatever challenges we are facing and will continue to face going forward.  

Here are a few considerations for the next number of weeks:  

  • We will be live streaming a service at 10:30am on Sunday mornings and it will be accessible through the website as it has been for some time. We will alternate liturgies between the Book of Common Prayer and the more contemporary Book of Alternative Services.  
  • The OCC Shoes boxes are due this Sunday, Yvonne will be at the Church to assist in collection between 9:30 am and 1 pm.  
  • Please be in touch with the office if you have any questions about how this affects your ministry or activities in the parish.  
  • Please continue to communicate prayer requests and needs, and we can relay this information as needed.  

We will continue to communicate as things change or progress in the coming weeks. I have been deeply impressed with the ways that people in this community have continued to care for each other during the pandemic. I have no doubt that we will persevere in looking to the needs of others in the weeks ahead.  

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions or something you wish to discuss, please be in touch. [email protected]   

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:7.  

Bless you all!  
Dane