It has been wonderful to return to in-person worship since Easter, and I am delighted to announce that we will cease taking reservations for the 10 a.m. Eucharist beginning this weekend.
For the past two weeks, we have worshipped between 70 and 80 at the late Sunday service, and we can seat as many as 130. Consequently, we are going to remove the reservation system and hope that eliminates a barrier to your attendance. In addition, we will not assign seats but trust you to social distance in the pews that are open.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding this past year. I also want to thank the COVID Task Force members and vestry members who have guided our church and school during these most challenging times. As your rector, however, I ultimately bear responsibility for all decisions at St. Mark’s. I appreciate the support, patience and goodwill you have extended to the leadership at St. Mark’s as we try to navigate our way through this most challenging pandemic storm.
I encourage everyone to receive a vaccination and to continue practicing social distancing and mask wearing. By working together, we will be able to return to more “normal” lifestyles safely and much more quickly. Join me in Practicing Resurrection by witnessing to the Gospel love of Jesus Christ, which invites us to love one another as God in Christ loves us.
The Rev. James B. Cook Rector
P.S. Livestream continues at 10 a.m. each Sunday at www.youtube.com/stmarkspbg1962.
The mission of St. Mark’s Church is to glorify God in worship, to share in the life of the risen Christ, and to equip and nurture all members to present Jesus Christ to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.