Church Closing Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The peace of Christ be with you always.

We will gather for worship on Facebook Live on Sundays at 10:00 am.  This online worship will be a Service of the Word.  Pastor Elaine is investigating safe ways of offering Holy Communion.  Thank you to our Music Director Denise and to Jon Soltesz for making this possible.  If you are not on Facebook, please call Rosanne in the church office at 609-267-0740 for assistance.  Watch your email for updates and call folks you know who are not online.

Remember, the church is not a building; it is each and every one of us baptized in Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit.  During this time of uncertainty, when we cannot gather in person in our beautiful worship space, your staff and pastor are still at work and the council continues to conduct the business of the congregation.  Our offering is one part of our worship.  You may make your offering on-line by going to the website and clicking “Online Giving” or by mailing your check to the office at 910 Marne Highway, Hainesport, NJ 08036.  More options may be available soon.  Thank you very much for your participation and support of Christ’s ministry of compassion here at St. Paul’s.

The Congregation Council met last evening (17 March) via Zoom online.  We have closed the building through Sunday, 26 April to all group activities with one exception – the Red Cross will conduct a blood drive by appointment only.  The Red Cross is setting up strict safety procedures following CDC guidelines.  Watch the weekly email for more details.  If you are able to donate blood the Red Cross and patients in need will be grateful.

Pastor Elaine will be making phone visits in the days and weeks ahead.  You may also call her at 609-410-2828 any time to chat or to ask for a prayer.  We can all pause before our evening meal to pray for one another and the many health care professionals serving on the front lines in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Let us pray:  God our refuge, when human resources fail, you alone remain our sure hope and defense. In the knowledge of your love, grant us courage. We place ourselves in your hands, confident that nothing can separate us from your love, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.  Soon, before we know it, the contemplative days of Lent and Good Friday will yield to the joyous proclamation of Easter:  Alleluia! Christ is risen!  And from our dens or kitchens or family rooms we will turn our eyes heavenward and shout, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Thank you and God bless you,

St. Paul’s Congregation Council and Pastor Elaine C. Quincey

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