Following recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health to avoid large gatherings for the next three weeks, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Streator is cancelling all in-person worship services for the weekends of November 14 &15, November 21 & 22, and November 28 & 29. We will continue to provide on-line worship services every weekend on our website: stpaulsofstreator.com
New Worship Schedule
Starting November 4th our Region of Illinois has been put on new mitigation measures to slow down the rapid spread of Coronoa virus in our communities. Public meetings have been limited to 25 people or less. Starting November 15th, we will be adding a worship service to our weekend schedule so we can comply to the 25 person limit. We will continue with our Saturday worship at 5:00 p.m. and we will return to our regular Sunday morning worship schedule with worship at 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. All services will be in the Sanctuary. Based on what our worship attendance has been, all services should be less than 25, and it should not be necessary to call for reservations at this time. With three services with 24 hours of each other, it is likely that any airborne viruses may still be in the air come Sunday morning, so it becomes especially important that everyone wears masks and practices social distancing in the building; and for the sake of others, stay home if you are not feeling well. The building is cleaned after each worship service.
ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE (2020-2021)
As long as the Streator Schools are meeting in person, St. Paul’s Sunday School will meet for a once-per month in-person gathering supplemented with recorded video Sunday School classes each week 15 to 20 minutes each.
In-person Sunday School Sessions will meet in the Fellowship Hall where we can better keep socially distanced. Everyone attending will be required to wear a mask. If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please stay at home for the sake of your neighbor.
Video Sunday School Classes will be posted each Friday on St. Paul’s Website: stpaulsofstreator.com.
November 6 Class 11 …are you when Matthew 5:10
November 13 Class 12 Coming Down the Mountain Matthew 5:11
November 20 Special A Blessed Thanksgiving Psalm 103:1-5
Sunday November 29 10:00 a.m. In-person session Meet in Fellowship Hall
Parts for Sunday School Video Program will be handed out.
Distribution of Communion to the Homebound
On the weekend of November 14th and 15th we will have a distribution of Holy Communion to the Homebound. The video worship service for October 8th will include communion and the bread and wine will be consecrated for distribution. Communion will be prepared with an at-home liturgy for your use. Please call the church office to let us know if you would like to receive a Homebound communion packet by Thursday, October 12th.
Even though we cannot be together as we would like to be, we will have recorded services posted on our St. Paul’s webpage (stpaulsofstreator.com). The most recent worship service will be posted on the front page. Past services will be under the heading, “Worship Services.” If you would like to receive the order of service so you can follow along at home, send Pastor Callister your email address (email@example.com), and he will send you a word document of the service.
WORSHIP ON THE RADIO:
St. Paul’s continues to air our Worship services on WSPL (1250 AM or 98.5 FM) on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul’s records on the first and third weekends to be aired on the second and fourth Sundays. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church records on the second and fourth weekends to be aired on the first and third Sundays. In October St. Paul's radio broadcast services will be on Sunday, November 8th, 22nd, and 29th.
FOR THOSE WITHOUT THE INTERNET:
For those without access to the internet, Pastor Callister will be printing copies of his sermons and they can be picked up at church. On the window ledge across from the elevator there will be copies of sermons, “Portals of Prayer” booklets, and other items of spiritual or social interest will be available. If you do not have a key, call the office and the south door near the parking lot and elevator will be left open for you. If you should not be out or do not someone to pick papers up, call the Church Office and we can mail you the sermons and other items each week (815-672-2435).
Pastor Callister is trying to call as many members as possible to keep us connected during this time as we all are staying at home. Joining him this week will be others who will make a point of contacting every member of the church. Thanks to Carolyn Erler, Jen Falk, Patty Fredericks, Debbie Kirk, Merianne Morris, and Pauline Murray for willing to be our phone visitors. If anyone is in need of a phone visit from Pastor Callister, he is always available on his cell phone (815-258-4319) or at the church office (815-672-2435).
A STEWARDSHIP MINUTE:
Even as we struggle through this pandemic the ministry of St. Paul’s goes on. Along with our in-person worship services, worship services are currently being recorded for the webpage. The Sunday School has weekly classes posted on our website and an in-person class once a month. The Executive Committee has also met by conference call, and the Congregation Council has continued to hold it's monthly meetings online (face-to-face on the internet).
For all of you whose jobs and finances have been affected by this necessary shut-down, do not feel bad if your giving may have to go down for awhile until things get back to normal. St. Paul’s has the reserves to get us by for a couple of months at least. However, if you are capable of continuing to give your regular offering, or any part of it, it will go a long way in keeping our ministry going and us not having to dip as far into our reserves. It is your generous support that keeps this ministry going.