Ascension of Our Lord Announcements
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Christos Anesti!
Thank you for your prayers and patience as we continue to navigate the changing pandemic landscape. At this time, the CDC and Metropolis of Chicago have updated safety guidelines that bring us a step closer to near normal “pre-pandemic” conditions for worship and activities.

To that end, let us rejoice that we can gather together once again as one body of Christ to participate more fully in the life of the church.  The Ascension Parish Council and COVID Safety Team are pleased to announce the following safety updates effective immediately.
  • All parishes of our Holy Metropolis may cease requiring fully vaccinated people to use facemasks and observe social distancing.  
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, or who independently desire to do so, are encouraged to continue wearing a facemask over the nose and mouth and observe social distancing. Of note, individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To assure that all are welcome in our churches, each parish must set aside a portion of the Nave for individuals who wish to wear a facemask and practice social distancing and/or for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
  • All parishes are encouraged to resume regular programs and ministries, including, but not limited to in-person coffee and fellowship hours, meetings, classes, choirs, ministries and all other programs.
  • Ascension no longer has seating capacity limits.  We rejoice in taking this opportunity to welcome everyone back to Ascension!
  • You are no longer required to pre-register to attend services, however you will be asked to sign-in upon arrival for all church services, sacraments, meetings and events.
  • Please continue to enter through the doors of our fellowship building, just north of the main church doors.
  • A section of our Nave will be reserved for individuals who wish to continue mask wearing and physical distancing. If you wish to be seated in this section, please let the ushers know when you enter the Narthex so they may escort you to the proper section.
  • The remainder of the Nave will no longer require physical distancing, and mask wearing is always optional.  In implementing this new protocol, let us heed the humbled words of our Metropolitan Nathanael:
    During this time of transition, I especially pray that we may all exercise the virtues of patience and humility. Let us not judge, criticize, or shame others, thereby continuing to grow stronger as an Orthodox Christian family.”
  • You may resume venerating the Gospel, icons, the Priests’ hands and other sacred items.  
  • You may resume holding the red cloth when receiving Holy Communion.  Napkins are no longer required.
  • Antithoron will again be distributed after Holy Communion as well as at dismissal.
  • Hand sanitizing, although no longer required, is encouraged.
  • Air purifiers and enhanced cleaning protocols remain unchanged.
  • Trays will once again be passed at the conclusion of Liturgy. You may also set up your own online giving account to electronically make tray and candle offerings. 
  • We ask that you are vigilant about your health. If you do not feel well, please stay home and participate via our live-stream option.
  • We look forward to reinstating Coffee Fellowship Hour in the coming weeks.  An announcement will be forthcoming.
  • Ministry leaders are working closely with Fr. Sotiri to resume in-person programs.  Events will be announced in our bulletin and weekly email.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments!
As always, please help us continue to follow the high-standards we have set in ensuring our new church is beautifully maintained. 
During this joyful Paschal season, we thank our parish community for persevering through this pandemic by following what Holy Scripture teaches us in Ephesians: to be patient and considerate of one another, always looking to the best interest of others, and bearing with one another in love.
With love in our Risen Lord, 

Fr. Sotiri Malamis, Parish Priest
Nick Marino, Parish Council President
Read Metropolitan Nathanael's letter
Metropolis of Chicago COVID Directives, May 16, 2021
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