March 28 Update from St. Paul

Beloved of the Lord,
Sunday morning  we will be live at 8:00am and then anytime after that the service will be available to you, on-demand. Visit www.spvc.org to begin viewing. DVD’s are available. Please email christine.cox@spvc.org to request one.
 
BIBLE STUDY: I plan to hold an on-line Bible Study at about 9:30am on Sunday. You can join in live or view it the same as our worship services.
To join in from your computer or other device follow this link:
https://zoom.us/j/3881486941
That will take you to “Zoom”, an online meeting platform. It’ll ask you to install a small app and then you’ll be able to join the meeting or enter a “waiting room.”
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please download the bulletin and read the announcments.
 
PICTORAL DIRECTORY: This has been postponed until Lifetouch (the photographers) are back up and running. Likely, the fall.
 
WHEN WILL WE RESUME IN-PERSON WORSHIP? As of this message, we honestly do not know when it will be appropriate and safe to resume in-person worship. We had hoped for Palm Sunday, but the current “stay at home” order prevents that. The most important thing is that we resume worship when the pandemic has reached a point that it is appropriate and safe. I’m sure we are growing fatigued of all the adjustments we’ve had to make. Now is when we need act in love for our neighbor and remain steadfast in our commitment to slow the spread and severity of COVID-19. I’m as eager as anyone to get back to normal.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS can be sent to prayer@spvc.org. Also, email there to join the prayer chain and receive all the updates.
Among the many requests for prayers involving the virus situation, please remember the workers, owners, and managers of businesses that are facing lay-offs. These are difficult decisions to make and hearbreaking news to receive. May the Lord grant a swift return to work for everyone.
 
May God grant you a restful night. Awaken tomorrow ready to worhsip together and receive God’s gifts as He remains generous during these difficult days.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Zielinski
 


Services and Activiites are Suspended

Beloved in the Lord,

Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Effective immediately, all activities and services at St. Paul are suspended and the building is closed. Lord-willing we will resume worship on Palm Sunday, April 5. Please monitor the news channels for up-to-date closing information as well at www.spvc.org or our Facebook page where you will also find resources to help you navigate these challenging days.

The Elders and Pastor Zielinski arrived at this decision based on the most recent recommendations to halt the spread and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. Several weeks of very limited contact among our communities will have a tremendous impact on slowing the spread of the virus and allow medical resources to reach those most critical.

Should you desire pastoral care during this time, please contact the church office (330)483-3883 or (330)483-4119 and leave a message for Pastor Zielinski.

SERVICES AND BIBLE STUDY WILL BE AVAILBLE to view live or on-demand. Visit www.spvc.org – on the homepage is a viewer for the livestream (when active) and for the most recent service. Bulletins are available via the link. Select the bulletin for the date of the service you are watching. Livestreams will typically be at normal service times.

REQUEST A DVD if you would prefer.

SHARE THIS INFORMATION with others connected to St. Paul and around our community. We are blessed to be able to bring God’s Word in this way during these difficult times.

Pastor will be posting and updating links to resources available to you to enrich your spiritual care both during these days and always.

God is gracious and will see us through these days. Whether we become ill or not, whether the virus is halted quickly or lingers, we face these earthly challenges with the peace and confidence of faith that surely Jesus has borne our griefs and carried our sicknesses in Himself to the cross where He has won for us an eternal healing and delight for all eternity.

Please direct any questions you may have to the Elders or Pastor Zielinski. We are available to you.

In Christ,

Board of Elders and

Pastor Zielinski pastor@spvc.org



Responding to COVID-19

Re. Responding to COVID-19 Infection Risks

 

Dear Saints of St. Paul,

 

Psalm 91:1–6 (ESV)  1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 

The Executive Board and Board of Elders are monitoring the situation and recommendations being issued by public health officials. These recommendations and the actions we are taking are intended to help slow the rate of infection. This will benefit those most vulnerable as it will allow the medical community more time to prepare and also the system to be less clogged. We are acting out of love for our neighbor, not out of fear or panic. We trust in Christ’s mercy to see us through this and all the sorrows of this life. Even if it is the end of our time on earth, that would be a mercy, but the reports are that it is a mortal threat to only a small percentage of the population.

For the short term, at least until Easter, we will be implementing the following procedures at St. Paul and continue to monitor recommendations and revisit them as appropriate. We ask for your patience, cooperation, and prayers.

With confidence in our Lord’s care for His creation, we wake each day ready to love and serve our neighbors and receive all of God’s gifts and mercy. As always, if your church family can be of help to you for any reason of spiritual or physical care, please reach out so that we can serve as the Body of Christ.

In Christ,

The Exeutive Board

Board of Elders

Pastor Zielinski

The following procedures will be in effect until at least Easter time. We will revisit them as the situation calls for it.

  • No hand shaking. Greeters will still be at the door and Pastor will still be in the Narthex after the service, but we won’t shake hands.
  • Please wash your hands vigorously and often and try to restrain yourself from touching your face. Hand sanitizer is available around the church.
  • No meals at church before the midweek Lenten services.
  • No coffee or doughnuts served on Sunday morning (feel free to bring your own)
  • The Swiss Steak dinner is postponed.

 

Bulletins

  • Bulletins are stacked at the entrace to the sanctuary. Please take your own.
  • Keep your bulletin. We will not be reusing them between services. (this includes the large print)
  • Bulletins contain the entire service. You will not need to share hymnals.

 

Attending and Viewing Worship

  • Know that you have “permission” to stay home if you are sick, are at a high risk of complications, or someone in your household is sick. If you are staying home due to illness or risk, let the church office know so that we can continue to provide pastoral care to all our members.
  • View services live or on-demand via YouTube, Facebook, or www.spvc.org Worship and Bible Studies are available at these sites. They also include links to the current Sunday bulletin.
  • If you prefer a DVD, contact the church office anytime and we will mail one out.
  • If you would like a pastoral visit for communion or other pastoral care, contact him via the church phone or his cell: 440-458-0189.

 

At the Lord’s Supper

  • The chalice and individual cups will both continue to be offered. Both are perfectly sanitary ways to receive communion. We will be preparing additional individual cups as some members who typically prefer the common cup may choose to use individual cups right now. That is perfectly fine.
  • Assistants will wash their hands immediately before distribution.
  • Individual cups will be arranged on the tray so that YOU can easily grab a cup by the stem.
  • You will place the individual cup directly into the collection basket (rather than handing it to the assistant).
  • The cloth used to wipe the rim of the chalice will be soaked in alcohol and procedures for cleaning the rim have been reviewed with the assistants.
  • The communion rail (and other common surfaces) will be wiped down before each service.
 
 
 


Worship Times

Sunday @ 8:00am & 10:30am

Sunday School @ 9:15am
Sunday Adult Bible Class @ 9:30am
 
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays of the month; every Monday evening; and on festivals, as announced.
 
 

Bible Study

(Check Calendar for this week’s schedule)
 
Sunday School for all ages: Sundays @ 9:15am
 
Wednesdays @ 10:00am: