Below are the current Safety measures in place:
Members and friends of St. Paul’s,
1. This past week we were informed by the LCMS Southern Illinois District President that since May of 2020 the mandates from the state have been suggestions for congregations since the state wanted to avoid a 1st amendment lawsuit. However, there is nothing in the language of the present mandate that excludes churches. In other words it applies to everyone in all indoor gatherings. In light of this, and out of concern for our neighbor we are asking everyone to wear a mask inside the church building. Since we will once again be social distancing ( 6 ft apart) in the sanctuary individuals can take off their mask when sitting down (six feet apart from others) . The governor’s mandate states that people in an office space 6 feet apart can remove their masks. We interpret this to also include worship settings.
2. We will be adding a Wednesday morning 11am Wednesday masked communion devotional service starting September 15th for those who are more comfortable in this setting. This 20-25 minute service will not involve singing.
3. We will look to alternate pews for seating just as we had in place during the height of the pandemic. This will allow for the 6 ft. of spacing as included in the new regulations.
It is our hope and pray these protocols will not be in place for extended period of time. In the meantime we pray that the Lord will bring an end to this pandemic, and in the meantime grant each of us a rich measure of patience.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz and the Board of Elders