St. Paul’s will resume in-person worship on June 21, 2020 (Father’s Day). We will have a setting of Quiet Communion at 9:00am and 10:30am. Our goal is to take care of each other and people beyond our congregation. It’s complicated, but it’s a good thing. For our worship life together, in person, we will take the following precautions:
The ramp door and the front door will be open. Please go only to the nave (where we worship) and nowhere else in the building.
Masks are required, and to be worn properly. There will be masks available if you do not have one. Please come to the front door if you need one.
Hand sanitizer will be provided (as we already do).
There will be tape markers on the floor every six feet in the ramp area and center aisle.
Every other pew will be roped off, and between services the ropes will be shifted to rope off the pews used at the previous service.
The balcony and restroom will be closed. If you must use the restroom, please speak to one of the ushers.
There will be three bulletins/pew to indicate where you may sit. This is to be a guide for us as to what social distancing looks like in church. Households of families may sit closer, but please do watch how you keep space apart.
You will be asked to be seated front to back. You will be dismissed back to front. Again, this is to maintain social distancing.
There will be no singing for now. The Confession, Creed, Lord’s Prayer will be spoken in unison, as is our practice.
At Holy Communion:
I will wear mask and gloves for me as presiding minister. I will have fresh gloves for Communion.
I will open a new package of communion hosts (wafers) at the altar.
We will commune only with the Body (bread).This is “communing in one kind,” and is a legitimate way to commune.
Worshipers will be encouraged to make a “throne” for the Body of Christ with their hands.
I will place the Body in their hands, eliminating any contact. Worshipers will be instructed to return to their place, where they may lower their mask in order to commune.
Waste basket(s) will be provided for the bulletins after worship. None will be re-used. Please do not leave them in the pews.
Communion cards will not be used for the time being. To track attendance (helpful if someone were to test positive) the ushers will take note of who is present.
Cleanup/sanitizing between services (that is, after the 9:30 service) will be done. Pews, door handles, and handrails will be wiped with a bleach/water solution.
When you park, please park as far away from the doors as you can, in order to free spaces closer to the door for those who have mobility problems.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable with how the service is being conducted please do not feel obligated to attend at this time. If you are sick or live with someone who is compromised please feel free to wait until later to attend services. Please contact Pr. Anderson or the office if you have any questions information on 1st page
We will continue on-line ministry (and indeed may even expand it). A weekly service is posted on the St. Paul’s Facebook page and the congregational web page. (On our web page, click on the menu thingy in the upper left and look for “Services”). There are also daily snippets from the Small Catechism, also on Facebook. We may very well expand these offerings to include Bible study and announcements. On the web page you will also find Olivia Rakas’ rendition of Holden Evening Prayer (great for devotional use; thank you, Olivia).
I would like to encourage everyone to engage these opportunities. If you are not yet internet-savvy, please consider learning how to use Facebook, YouTube, and our web page for the sake of ongoing fellowship and communication while we work through these strange days. You probably know someone who could help with that process (such as your kids or grandkids who breathe this stuff).
In this crazy season we still continue to have people graduating from or completing educational and vocational programs. If you know of someone who should be recognized and celebrated, please contact the church office and let us know.
Please remember also that if you have a pastoral need, prayer request, a question, or a suggestion, you are most welcome to call. All of our contact information is found in this newsletter.