Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Beloved Bedians,

I hope this note finds you well.  As I have told many of you already, I was just having a case of abundant allergies with everything in bloom last Sunday, but I wanted to be extra careful and so asked Jane Besse+ to officiate Morning Prayer.

As we struggle to find our sea legs in the changing seas of COVID-19, there is some challenging news and some better news.  Unfortunately, our worship will need to be modified, but our wonderful office administrator Kari Scheie and I have been busily working with Aaron Sackett, and Jeannine and David Jordan to find ways to continue meeting and worshipping together. We will even plan to sing together on Sundays!  Please read carefully below and follow the instructions indicated to help us continue our practice of regular worship.

May God protect us and help us rise to the challenge us of these days ahead.

Every grace,


Here are some of the latest developments that relate to us as a church:

The Challenging News: All Face-to-Face Gatherings at St. Bede are Canceled through at Least April 14

This is due largely to the fact that Governor Kate Brown has recently banned gatherings of 25 of more people for the next four weeks. Additionally, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry recently issued an open letter to the church in which he states in part, “Considering this changing landscape, I believe that suspension of in-person public worship is generally the most prudent course of action at this time, even during Holy Week and on Easter Day (my emphasis). Just to reiterate this means cancellation of all face-to-face worship gatherings, meetings, retreats, and events at the church through April 14. We will continue to assess the situation to modify or extend any cancellations. Until then continue to reach out to Kari Scheie, our office administrator at office@bedesinthegrove.com and 503–357–5300. Marlene can be reached at vicar@bedesinthegrove.com and 503-357-5300 office, and 971-999-1847 cell.

The Better News: Join Us as We Gather Remotely!

The good news is that we now have a way for us to gather remotely for worship and other gatherings through a platform called Zoom, through which we can video chat and/or hold phone conference calls. We will even sing some hymns for morning prayer on Sundays.

Meetings which will take place on Zoom are as follows:

  • New Seeds of Contemplation,Thomas Merton book groupSundays at 9am
  • Sunday Morning PrayerSundays at 10am
  • Wednesday Morning PrayerWednesdays at 10am
  • Soup-at-home after Supper DiscussionsWednesdays at 6:30pm through April 1
  • Thursday Evening PrayerThursdays at 5pm
  • Sunday Godly Play – We are working on getting this scheduled. Stay tuned!

A special note for Holy Week services: Keep your Holy Week available! As many Holy Week services as possible will be held online. We will keep in touch with more details.

How to Join Us on Zoom

Be sure to give yourselves extra time in advance of your meeting or service especially if this is your first time using Zoom. Each week we will send you links to join our virtual meetings, which will be posted in our weekly E-Notes, on our website, and on our Facebook page (Update:we now only have two links for all our meetings! Please see the red box for details.). We will also be sending out digital bulletins for our Sunday Morning Prayer service, which you can access online and print if you choose. The bulletins will also be made available on our E-Notes, website, and Facebook page.

Joining via Computer

  • If this is the first time using Zoom, please click the link that corresponds with the meeting you wish to join, provided in the red sidebar to the right. You will be prompted to download Zoom onto your computer. Please do so and open the program.
  • You may already be directed to join the meeting at this point. If not, with the Zoom program open on your computer, click “join” and enter in the 9-digit meeting ID number. This should direct you to the meeting.
  • Please make sure that your device has a working microphone, speaker, and camera.

Joining via Phone

Joining via phone is really easy. First, call Zoom at 1-301-715-8592. When a Zoom employee answers, please provide them with the 9-digit meeting ID number for the meeting you want to join. The employee will connect you to your meeting.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Service Changes for Sunday, March 15
The service of Holy Eucharist has been changed to Morning Prayer, which will be held at our usual time of 10AM.
There will be no nursery care for children on this day.

All Worship Gatherings, Activities, and Meetings at the Church Canceled through March

As of Monday, March 16, all in-person meetings and worship gatherings that take place at the church will be canceled through the month of March. This includes:

  • Sunday classes and worship services
  • Wednesday Morning Prayer/Holy Eucharist
  • Wednesday Soup Suppers
  • Thursday Evening Prayer
  • All other meetings and gatherings

We will continue to assess the situation to determine whether we need to modify or extend any cancellations.

Staying Connected

We are currently working on developing a way to hold meetings and worship services digitally. Please be on the lookout for more details, which will be communicated here, through our E-newsletter, and on our Facebook page. You are welcome to contact the office if you are interested in receiving our E-newsletter if you do not receive it already.

If you are home-bound and require assistance, please let Marlene or one of our clergy know so that we may support you. Marlene’s pastoral cell phone number is 503-999-1847, and her email is vicar@bedesinthegrove.com. Kari will be holding office hours M-W 11am-2pm and will be available to answer phone calls and emails to the church office.

We will continue to pray, love, and worship. We continue to love God and our neighbors, trusting that God is active and at work and loves and cares for us.

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Christ,

Marlene+ & Kari

Stay in Touch

All face-to-face church gatherings are canceled until further notice as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

Join us remotely on Zoom. More information below.



1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR

We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.

Please contact the office at office@bedesinthegrove.com if you would like to be added to our email list.

Virtual Gatherings

Join us on Zoom!

Click here to download the bulletin for

Sunday, March 29.


Thomas Merton Book Study,9am
Godly Play, TBA

Morning Prayer, 10am

Morning Prayer, 10am

Lenten Soup Supper Discussion,through April 1,


Thursday, March 19

Evening Prayer,5pm

How to Join

To Join the Thomas Merton Book Study
• Joining via computer:
Click here or open Zoom if you already have it downloaded.
• Joining via phone: call 1-301-715-8592.
• Meeting ID: 629 825 079

To Join Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Lenten Soup Supper Discussions
• Joining via computer:
Click here or open Zoom if you already have it downloaded.
• Joining via phone: call 1-301-715-8592.
• Meeting ID: 766 590 661