A NOTE FROM THE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH COUNCIL REGARDING WORSHIP SERVICES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

A NOTE FROM THE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH COUNCIL REGARDING WORSHIP SERVICES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

On Mon. Mar. 16, Wisconsin Governor Evers issued a mandate banning gatherings of more than 50 people in any one enclosed space.  The Church Council met on Monday evening to discuss how we can follow the Scriptural principles of honoring our government, showing love to our neighbors by not endangering them, and also staying close to our Savior through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament.   While the following decisions may change depending on circumstances, the Council has, for the present, decided the following:

  1. Regular worship services will continue.  But in keeping with the governor’s mandate, the first 50 people to arrive at church will be seated on the main floor (every other pew and 5 feet apart – though families may sit together).  The second 50 people will be directed to the basement to watch the service on TV.  Any overflow after that will be directed to our school gym where the service will be live-streamed.  For communion, folks downstairs will be ushered up to the altar in rotating fashion and back downstairs. Communion will also be provided by one or more of our teachers at the gym for communion services.   Wednesday Lenten services are at 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.   Sunday Services are at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
  2. Confirmation Class for ALL 7th & 8th graders will be held between services in the balcony.   Sunday School (Grades 6 and under) will continue at the school.
  3. Between Service fellowship hour is canceled until further notice.                  EASTER BREAKFAST is canceled.
  4. For those whose age or compromised health makes it inadvisable to attend services at this time, our services will soon, God-willing, be live-streamed on our church website:  stpaulsbangor.com   You may also view many past services which are archived there.  You may also wish to make use of the Lutheran Radio Service, Sundays at 8:00 am on WKTY, 580 AM or Time of Grace TV Service, Sundays at 7:00 am on WKBT, Cable channel 7.
  5. We ask during this time that you enter the church at the street level entries so that our ushers can give due diligence in counting and offer any assistance you may need.
  6. Offering baskets will be provided at church and school in appropriate places so that we may continue to worship the Lord with our regular, cheerful and proportionate gifts of love for Him who loved us all the way to the cross.
  7. The St. Paul’s Church Council appreciates that these are stressful and uncertain times. We thank you for your understanding. We pray that no one will be offended by any of these temporary measures as we seek to obey the government, guard the health of each other, and still offer the banquet of Christ’s Gospel at a time when we need it more than ever.
  8. May the Lord use these difficult days to increase our appreciation for our Savior and His precious Gospel, for the privilege of worshipping together and encouraging each other, and for putting our faith into practice with kindness and compassion to all around us.  Let us point others to the peace, pardon and joy we have in our Savior who has promised to be with us always and to make all things work together for our temporal and eternal good.