All worship services and church programs and all programs that meet in the church buildings are suspended until further notice.

Dear friends,

Opening our hearts, opening our eyes, opening our minds — these are things for which we regularly pray. As a church we live out this prayer by opening our arms and opening our doors — but living in a state of national emergency due to the coronavirus, we need to change our behaviors for a time.

In keeping with the recommendation of the CDC, Irving Park Lutheran Church has suspended all church programs and activities and all activities in all church buildings. This suspension includes meetings of any kind, in any building of the church, and continues until further notice.

It was with heavy hearts that we do this, with much concern for individuals that count on our spaces for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It's a hard time, in so many ways. We believe that in doing this we are working towards a healthier community and future for all.

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We will get through this together by not being physically together for a bit, and by remembering that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is revealed to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Pastor Erin Bouman

A Prayer in a Time of Pandemic

From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

God, our peace and our strength, we pray for our nation and the world as we face new uncertainties around coronavirus. Protect the most vulnerable among us, especially all who are currently sick or in isolation. Grant wisdom, patience, and clarity to health care workers, especially as their work caring for others puts them at great risk. Guide us as we consider how best to prepare and respond in our families, congregations, workplaces, and communities. Give us courage to face these days not with fear but with compassion, concern, and acts of service, trusting that you abide with us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.