While the city of Chicago may see partial reopenings of some services and businesses starting June 3, the NSBC building will remain closed. Religious services- along with any gathering larger than 10 people- are not included in the list of activities on the slate for reopening. While some limited daycare services will be reopening around the state, this will not apply to the nursery school located within the church, which will also remained closed for the month to come.
At NSBC, we take seriously our responsibilities to care for the lives and well-being of all members of our community. We serve a broad mix of people in our building, including individuals in a diverse range of vulnerable situations (underlying health conditions, limited access to health care, essential workers who serve in higher-risk settings). In addition, some aspects of our communal life- singing, in particular- have proven to be especially high-risk for spreading the coronavirus. In the past two weeks, churches that have reopened for worship around the country have seen high rates of infection among participants, even while taking precautions. We are closely monitoring recommendations coming from state and city officials. However, we also may decide to reopen at a slower pace than the guidelines indicate. As we contemplate resuming each of the many activities and ministries our building has hosted, we will do so with prayer, discernment, and caution.
As we do so, we will also consider the new ministries that have blossomed during this time of quarantine- worship videos on YouTube, audio devotionals, Bible studies via Zoom- which have ministered to many who could not attend our church even prior to shelter-in-place. As we move away from shelter-in-place but continue to face the threat of the Coronavirus, we will likely continue to innovate new ways of connecting safely that may bear unexpected fruit. Once we are able to safely resume old activities, we do not want to lose the spiritual support that these new ministries can continue to offer.
Please pray for and with our community as we continue to journey together along this road.
Dear ECRA Friends,
To successfully conduct our Care For Real Community Support Drive on Saturday, June 6, we need to fill 6 “ECRA Ambassador” slots.
Here is what we are looking for in a volunteer:
1. Be available from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and/or from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 6.
2. Bring your own face mask and gloves.
3. Come with kind heart and a thankful attitude for those who will be making donations.
4. Meet at the Ismaili Jamatkhana parking lot – 6259 N.Broadway (at Rosemont).
5. Be able to lift 25 pound bags of groceries/supplies from car trunks.
6. Provide your email address for a brief (15-30 minute) Zoom training at 8 PM on Thursday, June 4.
Some of our volunteers will be in the parking lot helping to unload bags from trunks of cars while others will be at tables for those who walk up to the site with donations.This event will successfully take place rain or shine.
Contact Pastor Kathryn if you are interested in participating.
A note from Barbara Lacker-Ware regarding the work of our partner organization, ONE Northside:
Even before the pandemic, several of us have been concerned that for years we in Illinois have lived with underfunded public schools, lack of affordable housing, and reduced social services. Now with the onset of the pandemic, our state is looking at massive revenue shortfalls for the next year. We know our communities can't afford any more budget cuts!
Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country but is 37th in mental health funding per capita and 50th in terms of state funding for education. Our state budget is broken, and our communities are feeling the effects right now.
This November, voters will have the power to implement a solution: the Fair Tax. Illinois currently has a flat income tax, where everyone pays the same rate of 4.95% regardless of income. If passed, the graduated income tax would bring in $3.4 billion every year and 97% of Illinois residents would receive a tax cut.
ONE Northside is working on collecting as many pledges to vote YES on Fair Tax. Please take 30 seconds to sign the pledge at bit.ly/YesOnFairTax and be sure to indicate you learned about it from North Shore Baptist Church! Thank you!
Want to learn more about Fair Tax and get involved in winning this crucial reform? Join ONE Northside's next Fair Tax meeting on Sunday, May 31st from 3-4:30pm - RSVP here: bit.ly/mayfairtaxmeeting