PLAN SET FOR JUNE 12 & 13 REOPENING
Weeks of work and consultation among St. Paul leaders has resulted in a reopening plan that is safe and inviting for the whole congregation. The new 4-service worship schedule, beginning June 12/13, is a 13- week transition throughout the summer, leading up to fall schedule changes. If in the unlikely event that COVID-19 case numbers in the region were to spike, the church would re-evaluate the plan.
Beginning June 12/13, the mask policy for indoor activities and worship at St. Paul is as follows: Fully vaccinated youth and adults can be mask optional if they wish (with the exception of the 8:30 service). Unvaccinated children and adults should have a mask on when in the building. This standard is per CDC guidelines. Given our large and diverse community of faith, we honor mask-wearing as a sign of care for others. Whether you or your children are unvaccinated, or you are vaccinated and still operating with the caution of a mask at different moments, together we trust the guiding words: “In humility, regard the value of others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Online sign up is no longer needed for any service. Beginning June 12/13, communion will be offered at all four services; kids’ messages will be offered at all three Sunday services. Donuts (though not self-serve) and coffee return to Sunday mornings. Sunday childcare reopens with staff fully vaccinated.
Drop-in family activity center: On Sunday mornings during the summer (with the exception of July 4), come as a family to Friendship Hall (upper level), anytime between 9:30-11 a.m., for a fun, faith-focused, family activity. Stay as long as you like; come after worship or before; leave when you choose. Activities will be designed for 20-30 minutes, and families will be able to do them safely at their own tables.
All are welcome to attend any service
▶ 5:00 p.m. (traditional) mask optional for those fully vaccinated
▶ 8:30 a.m. (traditional) mask-required service for everybody who attends with spaced-out seating
▶ 9:30 a.m. (traditional) mask optional for those fully vaccinated
▶ 11:15 a.m. (contemporary) mask optional for those fully vaccinated
Volunteers needed: From hosts, donut servers, and communion helpers to ushers, greeters, and office volunteers, there is a spot for you to share hospitality and serve others. Go to stpaulqc.org/signups and explore where you can step forward and assist.
Online worship: Through the toughest seasons of the pandemic, St. Paul has offered superb quality online video worship each week. With vaccines now accelerating, and time and resources being devoted to weekend life at church, our video broadcast will cease at the end of June.
St. Paul podcast: St. Paul will be launching a new audio podcast in July, featuring elements of our Sunday worship. Our long-standing local radio broadcast (1420 AM Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.) continues as well. Watch for special video segments that will be posted on social media each month, highlighting fun facets of our ministry.
Social worker/counselor available: In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic St Paul’s counselor/social worker, Angie Vaaler, LMSW, has placed in-person counseling sessions on hold and is now offering tele-health counseling services (over both audio and video means). If you are interested in exploring these options and determining if this is an appropriate fit for you, please contact Angie at her office: 563-326-3547, ext 312.
Note to St. Paul people: Thank you for continuing to support the church and its ministries through your regular financial giving. Your generosity is important for continuing the congregation’s many commitments and sustaining St. Paul operations. Options for making offerings and pledge commitments include:
- Personal checks to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803.
- Visit stpaulqc.org/give-online
where one-time gifts can be made by credit or debit card, and recurring gifts can be established.