Update #4 - March 25, 2020
1. We will try to live-stream the Liturgy on Sunday, March 29 at 9:30am. Here are the two links: parish's facebook page (even if you do not have facebook, you should be able to view the video). In case the first link does not work, here is another: https://st-john-singac.freeonlinechurch.com/live
2. The church is open daily 12-2pm. Come in, pray, light a candle, spend some intentional and conscious time with God in His house.
3. The "15 Days to Slow the Spread" will be coming to an end in about a week. The government will re-evaluate the situation, as will we.
4. We are all struggling through this whole situation, especially financially. And so is the parish. The majority of the expenses for the parish are fixed, and they will not go away, even during the lockdown. Therefore, if you are able, and whatever you can, send in your weekly offerings. You can drop it off in the mailbox at the rectory, mail it, or do it online here (make sure to mark it as "weekly offering"). Just to be transparent, my family is giving our weekly offering every week, regardless of whether the church is open or closed.
Update #3 - March 24, 2020
Update #2 - March 18, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters,
With a heavy heart and out of extreme necessity, we are cancelling ALL services and events in our parish until March 31, at which point we will re-evaluate the situation and make a proper decision.
Please share this news with any of the parishioners who might not have access to the internet.
The civil authorities have recommended not to hold events with 10 or more people, which is basically most of our services. Also, the President of the United States has recommended Coronavirus guidelines: 15 Days to Slow the Spread.
We have to make this sacrifice for the benefit of all. God willing, this will pass and we will again, with one heart and one voice, together in one parish, lift up our prayers to the Lord.
Here are some other resources on the virus:
Starting Wednesday, March 18, Father Aleksey will be mailing out to our email group (to join the mailing list, fill out the form at the bottom of this page), posting on this website, and through our social media pages the daily Orthodox prayers that are usually done in church. These will not be full services, but they will be enough for you to keep up your prayer life with the Church during this Lenten journey.
With love in Christ,
Unless otherwise specified, the articles here are posted by Father Aleksey, who has no sense of humor and is extremely straight forward.