COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

UPDATE: March 28, 2020

Sunday and Wednesday Services
Until we can return to worship in the sanctuary, our Sunday morning and Wednesday Lenten services will be delivered via live stream on our Facebook page. Worship services will follow our regular schedule and be broadcasted at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you aren’t already following us on Facebook, please like and follow St. Paul Lutheran Church – New Braunfels so that you can join us for worship. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can access sermons on our church website.

Home Bible Study Resources
Some great online resources are available for home Bible study and devotions. Links for some of these resources are provided below.
• Pastor Paul’s Blog --- https://pastorpaulnb.blogspot.com
• Our Daily Bread Devotions --- https://odb.org/tag/devotions/
• 1517 --- https://www.1517.org/

Adult Ministry
Although we unable to gather with our small groups for Bible study or Sunday School physically, we are able to connect in Bible study. Many group leaders are making resources available to their group by email, phone calls or ZOOM. If you would like to join a web-based Bible study during this interim, please contact me at

Youth Ministry
Stay tuned for emails and reminds from Lynn Lear, our F3 Youth Board Director. She will be sending out a guide for at-home Bible study following our Sunday School curriculum and the 10 for 10 model used at Camp Eagle. On Wednesdays, join the rest of the youth group on Zoom to connect and reflect. If you need to be added to the email distribution list or need the code for Remind, let us know.

Children’s Ministry
Join our new group, SPLC - Children’s Ministry, on Facebook. Stay tuned for resources and activities, whether it be from Sunday School teachers, the Facebook group page or our church Facebook page. Another great resource is ParentCue, an accompaniment to our preschool’s chapel curriculum. You can access ParentCue through the app or at https://theparentcue.org/. ParentCue provides a wealth of resources on sharing God’s Word and love with your child, parenting and more.

More than anything, know that we are in this together and here for each other. Pray for one another. Reach out to others. Commit to serve, even in small ways. Gather with two or more in worship and Bible study in whatever manner available and know that the Lord is with us.

In Christ’s Love,

Kimberly Wunderlich, F3 Ministry Manager

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 3:00PM

The church Council has been in  contact daily and in prayer about the current situation facing our neighbors, state and country concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have prayerfully considered the best course of action for our congregation and until further notice we will suspend worship onsite at 777 W San Antonio Street. We are moving the worship service to online through a live stream on Facebook. FACEBOOK LINK 

We are diligently working on creating additional avenues for our congregation to connect through online small group bible study and daily devotions. Please keep checking our website for more information. WEBSITE Your administrative staff and Council are working to support all of the new and exciting ways we can connect through the internet, social media and conference calls! 

The church office will remain open. The staff will begin to work from home as much as we can, and the office phone will be answered during regular business hours. The Preschool Ministry will remain open to serve families in our community as long as possible. 

Thank you, 

Michelle Rivera, Executive Director

March 18, 2020

Your church Council met and has made some very difficult decisions about our next few weeks about the national crisis called COVID-19. First and foremost, we are keeping our trust in God and his son Jesus Christ! Secondly, we have some directives and suggestions from numerous levels of authority (national, state and local) about both gatherings of adults and children relative to church and preschool. The directives we MUST follow. The suggestions given are helpful in keeping all of us healthy. 

 

Sunday Worship Services

The Council decided to continue to offer regular church services on Sunday mornings at the normal times of 8:00 and 10:30AM.  Our primary mission is gathering the believers in Jesus Christ together for worship and we will continue to do that if we are legally able.  We encourage sitting apart and keeping some distance in the pews.  Hand shaking will be at a minimum and a great alternative is to offer your right hand over your heart as you greet one another.  If it is best that you stay home, you can LIVE STREAM the worship service on Facebook and a recording is posted on our website on Monday mornings.This is a good option for many of us but truly does not replace gathering as believers for worship.  

 

 

 Preschool Giving

The SPLC Preschool will continue to teach and take care of children but under VERY restrictive measures as given by the State of Texas Child Care Licensing and accreditation organizations. These measures require a buffer between the Preschool and the church building.

 

Groups and Events

The Council decided to suspend all group activities at the church building during the week. The biggest impact is of course Wednesday night dinner, Lenten services and small groups (youth, choir, Bible study, etc). There are other groups that also meet in the building on various nights/days of the week and those are also temporarily suspended. 

Sunday School

We will NOT hold any Bible study classes on Sunday at 9:15 AM. The close proximity to each other as well as the restriction of the use of classrooms for the preschool necessitates suspending all Sunday Bible study classes for the time being. So, stay in the Word and study your Bible at home. This is a great time to have family Bible time together in your own home. (Watch for ideas for home bible study soon via e-mail, our website, and Facebook.

Giving

Giving is an act of worship. The opportunity to help our neighbors and those affected by this crisis will increase and we want to be there to show the LOVE of Christ.  So please continue to give and even consider increasing your giving. GIVE HERE  Your regular offering not only puts your heart where it belongs, it helps LOTS of people locally (SOS Foodbank, Salvation Army, Family Promise), state-wide, nationally (seminary, publishing, mission work), and globally through our frontline missionaries in Mongolia, Mexico, Iraq, Cambodia, and elsewhere. Now is a great time to help families follow Jesus and your offering does exactly that. Our restricted and designated funds (St. Martin’s, Building Fund, Matthew 25) are all in good shape financially so the council has temporarily closed giving to those specific funds.