From your Pastors: SPSA’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

Like all of you, St. Paul & St. Andrew has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), with the well-being and safety of our entire community in mind.  We wanted to let you know of several precautions we are taking.  

At this time, we are continuing worship services (update: on March 13, 2020, in person services were suspended for the next 2 weeks. A pre-recorded service will be available on our YouTube channel). We encourage those who are immune-suppressed and older adults to stay home and tune into the Facebook Livestream.  For those who do attend worship, we encourage social distancing. We will continue the safety measures of having no-contact during the passing of the peace and offering during worship, as well as a suspension of communion.  

As a precautionary measure, we will be suspending all in-person programming until further notice. This includes Homework Help, coffee hour, committee meetings, after-worship programming, youth group, Sunday School, and Bible & Brew. 

The shelter and Girls Education Mentoring Services will continue to take place, unless further restrictions are put into place by the New York State Department of Health or the Mayor’s Office.  

If you have any questions regarding programs or meetings, we encourage you to contact the chairpersons of those committees. If you have a pastoral need, please reach out to K or Lea.  We will continue to share updates through our website, eblast, and Facebook page. 

We are working to develop ways for us all to engage remotely for ongoing learning, support, prayer, and community.  

We take this opportunity to remind you of the following precautions:

  • If you, as a community member, are exposed, please do let us know as soon as possible, so we can take next best steps to ensure the health and safety of our church community, as well as all of our building partners.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands. 
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold and flu symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat.
  • If you have chronic conditions like lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system, avoid unnecessary gatherings and events.

These are anxious times.  The Psalmist’s words resonate deeply with our present worries and uncertainties… 
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.” 

Our God is with us, present and abiding.  Rest assured in the provision of God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.  We can lean on God in these moments and we can continue to stay connected to our blessed community.  We hold each of you in prayer. We are in this together.  

Peace be with you,
Lea and K

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