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Pastors Letter – COVID-19

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ and Fellow Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,

Who would have thought we would have faced such a challenge as the Covid-19 virus? So we are all learning about “social distancing” and a very important concern for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk.

To those people we say, be cautious. Limit your exposure to others. That may even include a time out from coming to God’s house. If you choose to stay at home, use your Bible and daily devotions. Set apart some of the time you would have been in church for God’s Word. Get out your catechism and hymnal to receive God’s promises in Christ Jesus for you. Remember your church and fellow members in prayer. Pray for our country. Your spiritual link to your Savior, is always your best comfort in any time of difficulty. Most of all, be at peace in the forgiveness Jesus won for you on the cross and know that His resurrection life and the Holy Spirit are still at work for you!

The same comfort remains true for those who are willing to venture out. For those who want to come to church, the pastors and elders have determined to continue a modified schedule for the Divine Service. We will offer our regular service times plus one extra on Sunday morning at 9:30. With the state health department’s limit in numbers, those services will take place in 3 locations.

One service will be in the chancel, led by Pastor Shive. Another service will be in the Assembly Room downstairs in the office, led by Pastor Kretschmar. If needed, another group could be in the Fellowship Hall listening to the speakers of the service in church. This plan lets us offer over a 100 seats on the weekend to continue our Word and Sacrament ministry through the Divine Service.

One more pastoral thought from the both of us. To borrow the tag-line from Anytime Fitness, “This is a no judgment zone!” You are the best one to know your comfort level with getting out. If your choice is to avoid contact, including at church, that is fine. If you desire to gather in a small group that also is fine. In either case, we, your pastors, will continue to serve to the best of our ability under today’s constraints. If you desire and need pastoral service at home, call us. We will also keep you informed of any other changes that take place.

Jesus has promised, “I am with you always, even until the end of the age!” His power and promises go with us always. Be confident and joyful that others may see your confidence in Christ and be encouraged by your witness.

Now for the web link you can use to register for a service time:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BACA62EA3FE3-service

Or, call Pastor K at 920.395.4141 and he can sign you up.

God’s Richest Blessings, Comfort and Peace in Christ Jesus, Your Savior!

Pastor Kretschmar Pastor Shive

P.S. Other ways to hear God’s Word:

The Lutheran Hour, WHBL, AM 1330, Sundays, 8:00-8:30am

The voice of Immanuel, WGXI, AM 1420/FM 98.5, Sundays, 10:30am

Trinity Lutheran Howard’s Grove, Spectrum TV, channel 990, Tuesdays, 11:00am