All church services and events have been cancelled/postponed until further notice. This was a difficult decision, but out of love for our congregation and our neighbors, we have decided it is necessary to make this sacrifice. Please call or email us if you have questions or need information. Thank you!
We hold you all in prayer during this challenging time. Among those for whom you pray, please include our neighbors who are sick, scared, working in the healthcare professions, and those who will be economically challenged because of this crisis.
How St. Paul's is Responding
One of the easiest and best ways to stay connected with what's happening at St. Paul's is through our email newsletter, which goes out weekly! If you aren't signed up already, please email our Parish Administrator, Bonnie Rubrecht, at [email protected] to be added to the list.
We have moved many of our regular studies and ministries online!
- Wednesday healing service, led by Rev. Liz, is moving to Facebook Live through our Facebook page beginning starting April 1st. Please stay tuned for additional updates!
- Morning Prayer will be held by lay members of our parish on Sundays at 10:30am on Facebook Live on Sunday, March 29th as well.
- We're holding virtual coffee hour via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 11:30am. Go to our blog for the details so you can join us remotely, or check out the link when we post it on Facebook!
Of course we are also praying for everyone in our community! If you need pastoral care or have prayer requests, please email or call and let us know. We are working to stay in contact with everyone that calls St. Paul's home, whether you need us to do so through email, by phone or mail, or in our online communities and social media.
Preventative measures for home and health
Be ready at home:
If you or a loved one gets sick and is asked to self-quarantine, here are some things you might want to have on hand as an extra supply:
- Prescription Medicine – if possible, order an extra month’s supply of essential medications so you don’t have to wait in line at a pharmacy, or if supply lines are disrupted. Items like inhalers or epipens are particularly important to make sure you have on hand.
- Extra over-the-counter medicines and supplies for respiratory illness (Advil, Sudafed, etc.)
- Paper and cleaning products for your household (tissues, laundry soap, etc.)
- Canned goods and other non-perishable food items so you don’t have to go to the grocery store if you’re feeling bad. Make sure to include some treats: chocolate, coffee, tea, other comfort food items.
Important Reminders on Staying Healthy:
These are especially important in situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- If you need to leave to pick up groceries or go to a pharmacy, try to limit it to once a week and have one family member go. If you need help getting groceries or supplies, please let us know! We have parishioners willing to assist those who may have difficulty or need to protect their health more strenuously.
- In all situations, the best practice to prevent any illness is to wash your hands frequently using proper technique: wet-lather-scrub-rinse-dry. https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en...
To help with this practice, try singing the Doxology or reciting the Lord’s Prayer — both take about the recommended 20 seconds of thorough scrubbing.
- Avoid touching your face: particularly eyes, nose, and mouth. This is how germs enter your body.
- When you cough, do so into your bent elbow, or preferably a tissue, not your hand.
Guidance from the Episcopal Church:
Episcopal Relief and Development's faith-based response to epidemics
Health organization guidelines:
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