Sometimes a good old fashioned picnic is in order. Other times, like when we are in the midst of a global pandemic, we opt for a new fangled, “Bring your own everything” style of picnic where we stay socially distanced, don’t exchange hugs or handshakes, and then depart with masks on faces or in hand to go about our lives. Needless to say, we are in the middle of a different way of doing things than we have ever known before. So, what do we do about it? How do we continue to be the church and care for one another. We have moved into some great options for worship with our 8AM service, our outdoor service at 9:30 and our virtual option available anytime and anywhere online. But, what we have discovered is that St. Paul’s has thrived for so many years by being together in person, connecting and sharing lives in fellowship and face to face. With our new normal, some of those things cannot take place in the same way. This begs the question of the day – “How do we continue to stay in touch and care for each other when we aren’t seeing each other as much or at all?!”
For example, we have had some community members that have lost loved ones during this time. It is a challenging time in anyone’s life to lose those dear to us, but when you add in the complications that Covid-19 has added, we seem even more disconnected and out of touch. How can we best gather around someone hurting if we don’t even know that they are hurting? These are questions we ask ourselves, and questions you have asked us. Some of us keep in touch with Facebook, or phone calls, or email, or by checking the web page, or by texting. But not all people use all or even more than one of those. We even send out the newsletter in physical form to a large group of people that use no digital communication at all.
All this is to say that we would love your help, and that help can come in a variety of ways:
We would love to be able to lift you up in prayer if you are going through something in life. It can be just for the pastors, the staff, the private Facebook prayer group for SPLC members, or something we share with the whole church in email or announcements. You tell us who you want to know and we will get them praying. For example, if you lose a loved one, your church family wants to lift up you and yours, maybe send cards or a note, and let you know you are not alone.
If you know someone from church that could use a connection, ask their permission and let us know. We’d love to check in and be there for them as a church family.
Caring for one another in the time of Covid-19 is a new challenge and one I know we are ready to tackle, it just takes us thinking through the proper path of care. We do this by going to God first, in prayer and petition, and with our church on our team, lifting us up and bathing us in God’s good grace and mercy. Give us a call, send us a note, and get the pastors and staff mobilizing the collective caring power of St. Paul’s behind you!
Blessings, Pastor Luke