CHANGES TO OUR WORSHIP SCHEDULE
PUBLIC WORSHIP CANCELLED FOR AUGUST 1 AND 2:
In an effort to be extremely cautious St Paul's is cancelling public services for this coming weekend August 1-2. Someone from the church has been exposed to someone that has tested positive for Covid 19. Additional tests results are pending. More information will be shared as it becomes available. We are continuing with the on-line services posted to our website (stpaulsofstreator.com) on Saturday.
CHANGE IN WORSHIP SCHEDULE STARTING AUGUST 8th & 9th:
The worship services at St. Paul’s will change the second weekend of August. On the weekend of Saturday, August 8th and Sunday August 9th our Saturday evening service at 5:00 p.m., will remain an outdoor service as previously done, but the Sunday morning service at 9:00 a.m. will now be indoors in our sanctuary. Services will continue this way throughout the month of August unless informed otherwise. Please call the church office by Thursday at 12:00 noon to make a reservation if you plan to attend the Sunday indoor service (inside worship will be limited to 50 people / masks and social distancing required.) No reservations are necessary for the Saturday Service outside.
Please fill out St. Paul's service survey found here on our website
or you can also find it on St. Paul's Facebook page.
Please note that unless indicated (as in the above statement) that St. Paul's weekend worship services are Saturday evenings at 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday mornings at 900 a.m.
Distribution of Communion to the Homebound
On the weekends of August 8th & 9th and again on August 22nd & 23th we will have a distribution of Holy Communion to the Homebound. The video worship service will include communion and will be consecrated for distribution. Communion will be prepared with an at-home liturgy for your use. Please call the church office to let us know if you would like to receive a Homebound communion packet by the Thursday before communion weekend, Thursday, August 6th and again on Thursday, August 20th.
Even though we cannot be together as we would like to be, we will have recorded services posted on our St. Paul’s webpage (stpaulsofstreator.com). The most recent worship service will be posted on the front page. Past services will be under the heading, “Worship Services.” If you would like to receive the order of service so you can follow along at home, send Pastor Callister your email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), and he will send you a word document of the service.
WORSHIP ON THE RADIO:
St. Paul’s continues to air our Worship services on WSPL (1250 AM or 98.5 FM) on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul’s records on the first and third weekends to be aired on the second and fourth Sundays. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church records on the second and fourth weekends to be aired on the first and third Sundays. In July, St. Paul's radio broadcast services will be on Sunday, July 12th and Sunday, July 26th.
FOR THOSE WITHOUT THE INTERNET:
For those without access to the internet, Pastor Callister will be printing copies of his sermons and they can be picked up at church. On the window ledge across from the elevator there will be copies of sermons, “Portals of Prayer” booklets, and other items of spiritual or social interest will be available. If you do not have a key, call the office and the south door near the parking lot and elevator will be left open for you. If you should not be out or do not someone to pick papers up, call the Church Office and we can mail you the sermons and other items each week (815-672-2435).
Pastor Callister is trying to call as many members as possible to keep us connected during this time as we all are staying at home. Joining him this week will be others who will make a point of contacting every member of the church. Thanks to Carolyn Erler, Jen Falk, Patty Fredericks, Debbie Kirk, Merianne Morris, and Pauline Murray for willing to be our phone visitors. If anyone is in need of a phone visit from Pastor Callister, he is always available on his cell phone (815-258-4319) or at the church office (815-672-2435).
A STEWARDSHIP MINUTE:
Even as the live worship services are cancelled until our outdoor services begin on July 4th and 5th, the ministry of St. Paul’s goes on. Worship services are currently being recorded for the webpage. The Sunday School Staff have met by conference calls with Sunday School currently on summer break with At-Home VBS being set up and looking ahead to Rally Day. The Executive Committee has also met by conference call, and the Congregation Council has continued to hold it's monthly meetings online (face-to-face on the internet).
For all of you whose jobs and finances have been affected by this necessary shut-down, do not feel bad if your giving may have to go down for awhile until things get back to normal. St. Paul’s has the reserves to get us by for a couple of months at least. However, if you are capable of continuing to give your regular offering, or any part of it, it will go a long way in keeping our ministry going and us not having to dip as far into our reserves. It is your generous support that keeps this ministry going.