March 17th, 2020
Beloved family in Christ,
I recently received a message from our bishop of the SEMN Synod, Bishop Hassanally. I open my own message to you by quoting from her letter:
In light of President Trump’s recommendation there be no gatherings of 10 or more people at the present time and the CDC’s recommendation that groups of 50 or more not gather for the next 8 weeks, I am strongly recommending you suspend your in-person worship gatherings and congregational activities for the time being.
Our St. Paul Lutheran Council and I have made the difficult, yet intentional decision to comply with the recommendations of our Bishop, our President, the CDC, and the MN Department of Health to suspend all in-person gatherings until April 5th, including: education, worship (both midweek and Sunday), and meetings. As that date approaches, the Council and I will begin to review the situation and what our plan will be moving forward. We will continue to keep you updated through our various outlet sources (website, Facebook, KCHK, mailings, etc.).
Rest assured, although these gatherings are suspended, we will not be idle. Our office will be open during regular hours for emergency situations only (Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:30). We ask that you call before you come in so we can discern together whether or not it is an emergency situation. You are also invited to call the office (357-2212) with any questions, concerns, or needs you might have.
We are in the midst of exploring other options for worship using digital medium. My hope is that we will have midweek Lenten services as well as our regular worship services available to you via the internet. Please check our website (www.stpaul-lc.org) and our Facebook page in the coming days. We will also be posting resources lifted up by the synod office that include online worship services from congregations around the synod. Our dial-in devotion line will also be up and running in the next few days and will be updated daily! The number for that is: (651) 203-4195. Committee meetings will be either rescheduled or conducted via email.
My hope during this time is to provide creative ways of engaging in meaningful worship and fellowship, even if we are not physically gathered together. We will continue to connect weekly through our website, email, and Facebook, providing sermons, readings, announcements, etc. I also encourage you to take some time to check in with one another and if you or someone you know are in need of pastoral care, please let Pastor Ally know by email or phone call.
Even when we are unable to gather, the ministry of St. Paul Lutheran continues and so I invite and encourage you to consider how you might be able to continue your support of this ministry during this time. This is a congregation that has always persevered and I am very grateful and inspired by the support given in the past. I ask for this same support in this time and for our future together as the Body of Christ. If you have not yet signed up for automatic giving, consider that option during this time; otherwise, offering can be sent to the church office.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
May the God of refuge and strength, the God of courage and hope, the God of healing and compassion, be with you during this time. Peace be with you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen, let it be so!
Pastor Allyson Bowman
w: (507) 357-2212 – h: (507) 357-4805
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~ God calls us to journey this life together from our first breath to our last ‐‐ growing as disciples, supporting each other and loving God and all people.
Our mission Statement:
As people called by God, we gather to worship and praise Him in a safe sanctuary where all people are invited to learn and grow in the word of God with unity and fellowship.
We support each other in faith and obedience to Christ. We love, care, and respect one another as God’s people. We commit ourselves to serve and tell others about Jesus. We pursue God’s love and peace in every area of life. The faithfulness of our gracious Lord provides sense to our days and hope to our future.