Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our church council met on Tuesday May 19 and we decided to start having services in church again this Sunday May 24, 2020. We will celebrate Jesus’ Ascension Festival this Sunday.
After reviewing the WELS guidelines for having services during Covid-19 time and also considering our church’s setup, the council decided it is best to follow these guidelines:
- If you feel safer at home, please stay home and continue to watch our weekly services online.
- In keeping with six-foot social distancing recommendations, we have moved the church pews so that people will only sit in every other pew. We encourage people who live at different addresses to sit six feet apart in a pew, or else sit in a different pew.
- We encourage people who are able to sit in the balcony if there is room available there. This will leave more room on the main floor for people who have trouble with stairs.
- We will keep the hymnals and Bibles in the pews. Since there will be more than 72 hours between services, the hymnal and Bibles will only be used by one person each 72 hours.
- There will be one service on Sunday at 9 am each week. This way we won’t have to wipe down the pews after services as there will be more than 72 hours between services.
- We will only unlock the front doors and will block them open. Please enter through the front doors.
- Please use hand sanitizer as you enter. There will be gloves available for people who want to use them. If you would like to wear a mask, please bring your own.
- The offering plate will be by the front doors. You can put your offering in the plate as you enter or leave or you can mail your offering or use one of our online giving options on our Online Giving page.
- In keeping with social distancing recommendations, we won’t visit inside the church or entryway before or after service. Please feel free to visit outside before or after the service.
- For Communion, after the announcements we will use the Communion liturgy. After the Lamb of God, a councilman will usher the people out. At that time, if you would like to receive Communion, please come forward. There will be a table set up in the front of the center aisle. Two elders wearing gloves and masks will set individual cups with wafers on top of them. Pastor will say, “Take and eat, this is the body of Christ.” At that time, take a wafer from on top of a cup. Then Pastor will say, “Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ.” At that time, take the cup. Pastor will say, “Go in peace; your sins are forgiven.” Then put the cup in the available basket and exit by the side aisle. Please go immediately outside. If you will not be receiving Communion, when the usher comes to your pew, please exit by the nearest aisle and go immediately outside.
- If you feel safer at home watching online and would like to receive Communion, you can come between 11 and 11:30 am on Sundays to receive Communion. Or let Pastor know and we can make a different plan for you to receive Communion.
This will take some adjusting for all of us and will likely take a couple of weeks to get it all flowing smoothly. Let us all pray and bear with each other as we find our way through these days with the Lord’s help.
Since the “Safer At Home” Order for Wisconsin allows up to ten people to gather for religious services, St. Paul Lutheran Church will offer Communion on two days:
Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020) from 9:00-11:00am and
Maundy Thursday (April 9, 2020) from 6:00-8:00pm.
Please note these special guidelines:
- Stop by at your convenience during either or both of the two-hour times.
- Since we are limited to ten people gathering at a time, a Councilman will be at the Larson Street entrance to ensure no more than nine people enter at any given time. (Pastor Strand will be the tenth person there.)
- A table will be set up near the baptismal font with the bread and wine. Pastor will give Communion there. A plate with separate wafers will be there for you to take your own, as well as individual cups for the wine.
- Please maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.
Update: St. Paul Lutheran will now be offering Communion every other Sunday at church throughout the “Safer At Home” Order. Click here for more information.
Now you can give your offering through Faithlife or Thrivent.
• At the website: https://faithlife.com/splcws-bloomer/give
• Or text the word Give with the amount (e.g. Give 100) to 715-280-2876
(You do not need to be a Thrivent member to use this method.)
1) Click here to go to Thrivent’s website.
2) Search for the church (Entering “St Paul Lutheran 54724” will get you there).
3) Click on Make A Personal Donation.
4) Continue on to inFaith’s Vanco processor.
5) Submit requested information.
Thrivent covers the processing fees, and currently is offering 50% matching funds for your donation.
(During this time of suspended in-person worship due to Wisconsin’s ban on mass gatherings, you may also mail in your offerings to 1319 Larson Street, Bloomer, WI 54724, or drop your offering into the basket at the front doors by sliding it between the doors.)