In-Person Worship to Resume January 23-24
St. Paul's plans to resume in-person worship on the weekend of January 23 and 25. Services will be Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. We will continue with COVID-19 mitigations - wearing masks and practicing social distancing. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home. Please enter the building from the South Entrance (by the parking lot and elevator). For those unable to attend we will continue to post service on-line at our website: stpaulsofstreator.com.
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation that was scheduled for the first Sunday in December, December 6th as prescribed in our constitution, was cancelled. We will now have that meeting on January 24 immediately following the 10:15 worship service. Please bring with you the Annual Report that was mailed to your home in November.
With the conclusion of our Stewardship Drive for this year, we were scheduled to return our commitment cards when we came to church on November 22nd, but because in-person worship was cancelled that weekend, and you can either ho; on to those cards and return them to church the next time we are in worship or you can mail them directly to the office (for privacy please mark them “ATTTN; Financial Secretary”
ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE (2020-2021)
As long as the Streator Schools are meeting in person, St. Paul’s Sunday School will meet for a once-per month in-person gathering supplemented with recorded video Sunday School classes each week 15 to 20 minutes each. We are taking a Christmas break in December. The next in-person Sunday School Class is scheduled for January 26th.
In-person Sunday School Sessions will meet in the Fellowship Hall where we can better keep socially distanced. Everyone attending will be required to wear a mask. If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please stay at home for the sake of your neighbor.
Distribution of Communion to the Homebound
On the weekend of December 19th and 20th we will have a distribution of Holy Communion to the Homebound. The video worship service for October 8th will include communion and the bread and wine 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 Wednesday, December 16th.
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 January St. Paul's radio broadcast services will be on Sunday, January 10th, 24th, and 31st.
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 we struggle through this pandemic the ministry of St. Paul’s goes on. Along with our in-person worship services, worship services are currently being recorded for the webpage. The Sunday School has weekly classes posted on our website and an in-person class once a month. 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.