Children's Bulletin for 3/29.
Tip: Beware of scams! Christians want to help those in need, but be sure you know the organization is legitimate before you give personal information or donations. It is safer and more secure for you to contact a trusted charity than to respond to a direct request from someone with whom you do not usually correspond. You do NOT need to give the government or a solicitor your personal information in order to receive the federal Coronavirus relief money or to get it any faster.
Words of Hope: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19
Words of Hope: When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:19
Tip: Search God’s Word for passages that speak to your needs and concerns. Write them on a sticky note or index card and place them around your house to see. Find verses that also encourage you to praise God. He is faithful and will not forsake you no matter what you face.
Helpful Hint: God speaks to us through His written Word – the Bible. It is always a good thing to spend time in God’s Word. Now is an especially good time. God has abundant GOOD NEWS to counter and even defeat the bad news of what occurs in the world. Consider “Walking in the Word” from the LEARN menu bar on our home page. Go to the beginning and start with day one of a forty day journey through Scripture verses and meditative thoughts. Go to the bottom of the page and use the “previous” and “forward” buttons to begin and continue the journey. It was provided several years ago, but it is still a helpful tool and continues to be available for you.
Helpful Hint: Christians have peace knowing our God is greater than anything we face. One way or another we will be victorious. Use COVID as an acronym to remember that Jesus “Conquers Our Viruses and Infectious Diseases.”
Helpful Hint: We are told to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing this verse as you wash, to gauge the time, as well as focus your mind on the God who cleanses us and promises His good will for us in Jesus. Some may consider Amazing Grace to be a sad song we sing at funerals. It is a comforting song and can remind us that God has been and will continue to be with us because of His gracious heart. “Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; His grace has brought me safe thus far, His grace will lead me home.”
It is easy to get information overload and become stressed out, so turn to Jesus and ask Him to calm your heart. 1 st Peter 5 says, Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
We are aware of the daily changes and can use the 3rd , 4th , and 5th commandments to guide us to respond appropriately. I know we want to gather for worship to receive God’s Word and Sacraments, but this is also a time to show obedience to the authorities and their
recommendations or executive orders. The steps being proposed will help us not put our
neighbor’s life in danger by our actions.
Therefore, we are cancelling all our worship services and all scheduled events at SPL, not because we do not trust in God, but as a way to help our neighbors and country get through the spread of COVID-19 as quickly as possible and with the least amount of impact. Although we will not meet in person, we WILL continue to livestream the services on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. See our website to see it live or go back and watch a service that has already been streamed.
Out of care and concern for our families and those that we serve, and by way of example, our faculty and staff will work from home as much as possible. Staff may come in as needed, but the building has been sanitized and will be closed until further notice. The electronic keys have been deactivated, except for select individuals. The church office will be accessible but on a limited basis. Please call us to be sure we are available. We invite you to reach out to staff members by phone during business hours or email.
Despite the many changes, we still need your help, so we can continue to provide ministry. We are considering a method to enable offerings to be dropped off at the church, but if you want, you can mail it in. The most efficient method though, is our online giving system.
Visit our website and select “GIVE” from the menu bar. It truly is an easy process to “give” once or repeatedly using a bank account or credit card.
We will continue to evaluate the ever changing situation. In the midst of it all, 1 Thess.
5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; Pray continually; Give thanks in all circumstances for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Remember – you matter to God and you matter to me. Pastor Bruner
Presently, the building has been closed to limit the risk for spread to our community. We will continue to stream our services at 1:30 PM Wednesday and 10:00 AM Sunday. You can join in those livestreams by going to stpaul-millington.org/stream.
“Therefore I shall ask God to mercifully protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it . . . If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he expected of me. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid person or place but will go freely.”
Martin Luther, Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague
Regular in person worship has been canceled. However, we will provide a stream on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM. This stream and past streams will be available at stpaul-millington.org/stream.
Offerings are still needed to continue providing ministry. You may use our online giving portal, or mail them to us. We are also developing a strategy for you to drop them off. Any update will be provided here.
Other Notable Events:
All extra-curricular activities have been cancelled. Some events will be rescheduled, so please be on the look out for further information.
Child Care will be closed.
The building has been sanitized and access will be limited.
The following individuals are authorized to enter St Paul Lutheran Church in accordance with Governor Witmer's Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19), Paragraph 4:
Care of equipment: Bill Weber
Care of animals: Christy Ostrander
Process Transactions: Diane Mills
Facilitate remote working: Jon Keinath, Julie Keinath, Stacey Force, Rev. James Bruner, Rev. Tim Martinal, Teresa Walter, Janette Keinath
All notes above are as of this posting (3/26/2020) and may be revised as new information is received.
St. Paul will be having Preschool and Kindergarten Round Up on Sunday, March 15th, from noon until 4pm. If you are looking for a Christ-Centered Education and a loving Church Family, please call us for more information. Anyone interested in Kindergarten, please call for an appointment.
If you know anyone who may be interested, please send them to our Facebook page for the event below..