St. Paul Updates, Fall 2020
Updates at St. Paul
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, St. Paul Ann Arbor has adapted our worship and other church functions. We want to remind you that “you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” (Rom.8:15). We know that God has his plan for us in all times, even during times of sickness or uncertainty. We are not afraid, but we rest in the Lord.
Church office information:
The Church office is currently open but office hours vary. Please call ahead before coming to be sure that someone is available. Please email email@example.com if you need information or assistance. If you need to reach a pastor, elder, or church staff member urgently, please click here:
Next Worship Service
Our next worship service will be: Saturday, September 19, In-Person @ 6:30 PM downtown AND Sunday, September 20, Online @ 10 AM AND In-Person @10 AM school. Pastor Neuendorf will be sharing a message from Romans 6 titled, “Twisted Mirrors.” He states, “When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Our identity can come from our appearance. ‘I’m a blonde.’ It can come from our family history. ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish!’ It can come from our occupation, our education, or a tragedy we endured. But what is our real identity?”
THREE WAYS TO WORSHIP!
We offer you THREE ways to worship and rejoice at St. Paul Ann Arbor.
The Lord’s Supper will be held at the end of the in person worship services on an alternating schedule. On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays it will be offered at the school campus (both morning and in the afternoon outdoors from 12 – 1 PM). And we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the downtown campus (Saturday evening service) on weekends of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays.
There are many people who cannot attend in-person worship services. Some cannot be with us for reasons of health while others have become part of our congregation from all over the country and the world! We will go to the extra work to meet their spiritual needs We will continue to hold online worship at 10:00 AM on Facebook and YouTube (see above).
DAILY DEVOTIONS – Monday – Saturday, 9 AM
WORSHIP SERVICE – Sunday, 10 AM
We will also continue to hold phone worship at 11:00 AM. This is an audio version of the online worship.
NEW TOLL FREE PHONE NUMBER
CONNECT BY PHONE: CALL (877) 873-1209
11 AM Sundays. Please wait on hold until the service begins.
3. In Person
Welcome to Indoor Worship!
We look forward to worshiping with you at the downtown campus on Saturday, Septemer 19, at 6:30 PM, and the school campus on Sunday, September 20, at 10:00 AM. We are taking several precautions to keep everyone healthy. Please read more about these below. In-person worship is limited to 80n people on Saturday and 120 people on Sunday. You must sign up in order to reserve your spot. Here are the links:
In-person Worship – What to Expect
- If you are ill, PLEASE stay home and worship with us online.
- Worship is limited to 80 poeple downtown and 120 people in the gym. Please sign up at the links above. You will be asked to indicate the number of people in your family.
- Masks are required. Please bring your mask with you (we are not able to provide them).
- We will be physically distancing in the sanctuary. Please chose a row that is open and avoid rows that are blocked off.
- We will be physically distancing in the gym. Chairs will be set up in clusters of different numbers. When you arrive, please sit in a cluster with the same number of chairs that you signed up for.
- Please maintain physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others before, during, and after the worship service.
- Please leave the building immediately after the service. You are asked to go outside if you wish to visit after the service. Please do not congregate in the gym or lobby.
- All doors will be propped open so that you do not need to be in contact with the handles.
- Communion will be celebrated at the end of the service.
We are looking for ways to gradually return to normal – trying things out for a few weeks at each step we take. Therefore, expect things to change regularly. But with every step, be assured, we will take every precaution to be safe and hygienic, and at the same time to provide the best worship experience and spiritual care that we can.
Board of Directors Update:
Read the latest update from the Board of Directors and find a link to vote here:
Romans 12:11-12 says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” If you would like us to pray for you, please fill out the following form. We take your request very seriously and will be praying for you.
Please help if you are able
During this epidemic our offerings have been severely impacted. Our ministry is especially important in a time when the world feels fear and longs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must care for all our staff who are working to meet the spiritual needs of a frightened world, who are teaching our children remotely, and who are caring for our members. If you are able, please continue giving as you have before, and consider making an extra effort to support our work. You can give in the following ways:
Text “GIVE” to 734-436-3634
Go online to kindredgiving.com/app/giving/stpaulaa
Mail checks to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
For more information, click the “Give” tab in the drop down menu (or on the upper right) on the top of this page.
Our guidelines, developed by the former Board of Care, are as follows:
Emergency Funds are available first of all for members and people referred by members. Non-members requesting funds will either receive referrals to community resources and/or receive help from funds when available. We do not give cash, but rather we pay the bill directly. Typically, requests are made via the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org, and then shared with our fund “manager” Beth Fredrick, retired social worker, very familiar with the various resources.
Giving to the emergency fund – If God has given you the ability to help, your gift to our Emergency Fund will help us to help others. The text-to-give number above includes the option to donate to this fund.
Requesting from the emergency fund – St. Paul is well prepared to help those in need. Did you know that our congregation has had an Emergency Fund for years.
Additional ways to share in the Word
Radio: St. John Lutheran Church in Taylor has a broadcast on Saturday Morning at 8:30 AM and Sunday evenings at 6pm on WRDT AM560 (or FM107.1). The Lutheran Hour is on that same station on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at noon.
Podcasts: You may also listen to a podcast of the sermon, available on Buzzsrpout and our website.
St. Paul website
Hope Clinic Needs Our Help
Here’s a way to help, and an organization that has the infrastructure in place to do so with no delays. With the Stay at Home order comes greater need for the less fortunate in our midst. School children who normally receive free lunches now go hungry. Families in financial difficulties go without needed preventive health care.
We really appreciate cash gifts right now so we can stay flexible to meet the increased needs that arise. You can give online at thehopeclinic.org/donate. We also have seen a predictable decrease in food donations and so would welcome nonperishable foods and hygiene items.
The food program requires a lot of volunteer support right now. We understand the risks involved and are taking all the precautions we can to keep volunteers safe. If anyone in your church is healthy and willing, you can see the needs and volunteer slots through Signup Genius for these thing roles: meals, distributions, and behind the scenes food work. More info on the roles are found at those links.
UPDATED 7-14-2020 4 PM