Guidelines For Worship Services at St. Paul

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 14; “For none of us lives to himself alone, and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord… Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.Elsewhere in Philippians St. Paul says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Because we are not our own, but have been bought with the price of Jesus’ holy and precious blood, may we always strive to act out of Christian love and concern for our neighbor. Despite what our deeply held personal convictions may be, let us aim to lovingly care for and support one another as we follow our example and our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is our fervent desire that all feel loved, all feel safe, and all feel supported during this time of pandemic. Please see the following set of guidelines that will be implemented at St. Paul to ensure the well-being and care of each person that worships within the facility of St. Paul. Please know that these guidelines are subject to change as deemed appropriate and necessary by our Pastors and Board of Lay Ministry.    

May everything we do at St. Paul flow from our sincere love for Christ Jesus and our neighbors.

  • If you are not feeling well or are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, stay at home.  You may worship through the online service, the dial-up phone option, or the cable access option which is aired on channel 984 during the week. Those who are at risk or uncomfortable attending are encouraged to use these options as well.
  • Entrance to, and exit from the church will be either by using the front door (Center Street) or the door on the east side of the building (office entrance).  All other doors will be locked.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided.  Please sanitize upon entering and exiting the building.
  • The Sanctuary, entry areas and bathrooms will be sanitized before each service.
  • We will refrain from shaking hands or hugging and will greet one another from a safe social distance.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No service bulletins will be available and there will be no Hymnals or Bibles in the pew.  The service will be projected.  Grapevines will be available as you leave.
  • In Christian love and concern for those at higher risk, masks are encouraged.  (Masks will be available upon entry into the Sanctuary)
  • Seat cushions will not be available for Sanctuary use.
  • Seating in the Sanctuary will be by social distancing (six feet), of those who are of different households/families. (This will significantly reduce our seating capacity)
  • After worship, dismissal will be done by a worship assistant to ensure safe distancing as we exit.  Please remain seated until your row is dismissed.
  • Take everything with you as you leave the Sanctuary (i.e.-masks, tissues, papers, etc.)
  • Post service fellowship in the building is discouraged.  Fellowship outdoors or in the parking lot is encouraged at safe distances.
  • Continue to practice healthy hygiene habits including, but not limited to, covering all coughs and sneezes.
  • There is no pre-determined timeline for how long these guidelines will be in place, and they are subject to change as we proceed through the affects of the pandemic.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is taking necessary precautions by cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing. While we can not eliminate the risk of exposure to viruses; please be aware of the risks that may result through participation.

Plans to Reopen

“Great is your faithfulness”  Lamentations 3:23

             Let us give thanks to God for His faithfulness and protection during the “Safer at Home“ order. 

The mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church is- “Centered in the Word-Pointing People to Jesus.”  The past few months have forced us to change how and where we do ministry.  However, it has not changed who we serve or why we serve.  It has always been about pointing you, the members of St. Paul, and the community to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

As we begin to make steps to reopen and gather we ask you to join us in praying earnestly as we take these steps together. Looking to Christ, we will walk together in Christian love and concern for all, and the health and safety of those who gather. As we reopen expect it to be different.  We will not reset automatically to what was.  We will move forward deliberately and carefully as we follow Christ.

Even though the “Safer at Home” order was lifted Wednesday evening, May 13th,  we will not be holding services in church this weekend, May 16th and 17th. Services will be held online as they have been from the beginning and will continue to be provided as a worship option. Those who are at risk and others can continue to worship through this option.  Our first services in the sanctuary will be held Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th. There will be no communion at these services. Appointments for communion can still be made by calling the church office. Our first Wednesday service will be May 27th.

Please be aware of the different worship times-

Saturday - 3pm and 5pm

Sunday—  8am and 10am

Wednesday  -  5:30pm

It is our goal that with an additional service opportunity it will allow us to practice social distancing.  The times also allow us to sanitize the worship space between each service.

The church office will remain closed until further notice as we navigate the end of the school year and put safer practices in place.  Calls and appointments can still be made and scheduled.

Specific guidelines for worship next week will follow. Please watch for them. We ask you to be patient as we move forward.  Immerse these next steps in prayer and God’s Word.  In this time of varying opinions, love must abound.  As brothers and sisters in Christ we are known by our love.  This love is often demonstrated in yielding one’s personal desires for the benefit of others.  May God grant us a continued spirit of unity as we move forward in Christ. (Ref.  Jn. 13:34,35; Rom. 14; 1 Cor. 10:23-24; Phil. 2:1-4

You, the saints at St. Paul, have been amazing during this time.  We are astonished and thankful for your response to our online opportunities.  Your participation in communion has been, and continues to be, wonderful and cherished times with you.  Your prayers and continued financial support continues to be a huge blessing and greatly appreciated.   Thank you all so very much.

“Christ be my leader by night as by day;

Safe through the darkness, for he is the way.

Gladly I follow, my future his care;

Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.”

“Christ Be My Leader”

God’s Peace be with you,

Your Pastoral Staff and The Board of Lay Ministry


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