from pastor roger and church council

St. Paul Lutheran Church Update on Covid-19


May 22, 2020


Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


We hope that this letter finds all of you well. We are excited to announce that St. Paul Lutheran Church will be opening the doors for in-house worship services on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. As disciples of Jesus Christ we are to protect those who are most vulnerable, which includes the elderly, the very young, and those with underlying health conditions.


Even though we all want to return to our churches and be part of the body of Christ in-person, we believe that it is more important to assure the safety of our communities from further infections. During these unprecedented times, it is imperative the safety and health of our members be foremost in our thoughts and prayers.


When the church opens for in-house worship services, we will continue to have services online, as well as radio, at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Join our Sunday worship service live on KIWA radio - FM 100.7 and AM 1550 or by livestream on St. Paul’s Facebook page. An audio recording is available on St. Paul’s website at stpaulsheldon.org.


With holding in-house worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, we want to let each of you know that the we have been following the guidance of the State of Iowa for the safety of not only yourself but the safety of others. If we cannot honor these rules, we will be forced to go back to “virtual church” for all.


With this said, please take the necessary precautions if you will be attending in-person:

   We strongly encourage those with compromised immune systems and those over the age of 60 to consider  

      their own health before attending church in the public format. We would advise that they consider the radio 

      or live stream presentations as first option.

   If you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please stay home and stay safe.

   Use of hand sanitizer is encouraged upon entering and leaving the church.

   We ask that you encourage your children, as well as yourselves, to abstain from touching anything; as the 

     doors will be propped open for your convenience.

   Please maintain a six foot space between each other.

   All congregational members will be required to wear mask, if wanting to sing along with hymns and liturgy in  

     the church sanctuary. Band members will not be required to wear masks.

   Ushers will dismiss by rows so as to prevent any violation of State rules, please observe this.

   On Communion Sunday, we will serve on a continuing basis, please remain six feet apart. An usher will direct

     you as appropriate. We will use wafers and alternating cups in the tray. Those serving communion will be

     required to wear a face mask and gloves.


Other detailed information:

    There will be no fellowship before or after services.

    The church will remain closed except for the 9:00 AM service.

    Meetings at the church must be cleared through the office.

    Meeting in-person is discourage as other options, such as Zoom, are available.


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Council Members or the church office.


God’s blessings,


Church Council