“…acting out of an abundance of caution for everyone is the most loving thing we can do.”

As you’ve no doubt heard, the Delta variant of the Corona virus is spreading through Oregon. Governor Brown has put a statewide mask mandate back in place for indoor spaces. In response, St. Gabriel has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all in-person indoor meetings and gatherings except for sanctuary worship, until the current wave of cases is behind us, effective immediately Friday, August 13, 2021.

This is painful – we’ve only just begun to hold events at the church – but from the very first day of this pandemic, we’ve adhered to the primary goal of safety first for all who come here. On October 1, 2021 we will reassess this policy – we all want to reopen again as soon as it is safe.

Our Sunday and Wednesday worship services will continue both in the sanctuary and on Zoom. Everyone will be masked and social distancing will be strongly encouraged. Besides worship, all indoor planned activities at the church will be cancelled or held on Zoom.  Postponed are the return to in-person church school, youth group, and a staffed nursery until further notice, although we will offer online church school again starting on Sunday, September 12th at 9:30 am until further notice.

For all of us, these setbacks are disappointing and acting out of an abundance of caution for everyone is the most loving thing we can do. With God’s help and love to sustain us and the community’s support for one another, we will make it through.

For information about getting vaccinated including where to get one in Oregon, please go to https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine .
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