Dear Siblings in Christ,
As promised, we want to keep you informed of development in the church and its impact on our life together. Yesterday, we received a letter from Bishop Dunlap which stated the following:
“At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading rapidly and showing no sign of slowing down. Schools and businesses are still closed. This reality and knowing that so many of our church leaders and members fit categories most vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19 leads me to recommend that services for Holy Week and Easter not be held in our church buildings. Concern for our neighbors must be our highest priority. If a congregation can accommodate an outdoor service and maintain a safe physical distance between members, that might be a reasonable alternative. I realize that only a few of our congregations have the capability for this alternative.”
This means that we will remain closed until we hear otherwise, at which time we will inform you. Services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter as planned are canceled. We will continue to find new and creative ways to continue to be together in worship as we are apart, through live streaming. We continue to find ways to reach all members of St. Paul, especially those who are unable to connect by Facebook. Please be patient. As soon as we can solve that, we will send out other ways to join in worship. For now, those who cannot join the live stream can watch recordings of the service on our webpage.
We are in a strange place at an uncertain time and we cannot overstate the financial toil this is having on the church. We thank you for your faithful giving and encourage you to continue your giving as our budgetary obligations remains. Through it all, during this time, we are encouraged by words form Holy Scriptures:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8)
Let us continue to check on each other and continue to reflect Christ wherever we are; after all the church exist for the world. To be God’s light in the midst of darkness.
Pastor Titus D. Clarke