In order to stay up to date, with our latest responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and the ever-changing landscape surrounding it, we are providing you with the latest news.
(Updated: November 24, 2020)
Cast your cares on [Jesus], because He cares for you!
1 Peter 5:7
St. Paul's Lutheran Church:
UPDATE: Nov 24 -- IN-PERSON SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, BUT WILL RETURN AGAIN BEGINNING WITH MIDWEEK SERVICE, WED. DEC. 2 DOWNTOWN AT 7PM.
God’s grace and peace to you in abundance in these trying days!
Earlier in November, we had to suspend our in-person services because we were lacking in healthy people to lead in-person worship services, but after time for recovery and healing, the Lay Ministers and pastors have decided that we can resume in-person worship services again beginning Wed., Dec. 2. These services will be conducted as we have been doing them with social distancing in our seating, mask recommendations, and really stressing to stay home if you're sick or have been around people who have been sick.
We will continue to have weekend online services available as they have been in addition to the WKAN radio service (Sundays at 9:30am). For the Midweek Services in December we will only have the sermon available, not the entire service (this is mostly due to time constraints on my part).
We realize not everyone is comfortable returning at this time and that's ok. This is not meant to burden anyone's conscience. If you don't feel comfortable returning or have health reasons that would keep you away, please use some of those alternative ways of being part of worship (Worship page on our website, WKAN, Facebook stream, audio CD of sermons, podcast, etc.).
Even though we are returning to in-person worship in December, not everything is coming back right away. We are still under Tier 3 mitigations and after Thanksgiving it's possible that covid numbers will spike again. At this time, in-person Sunday School and Youth Sunday morning Bible classes will NOT be taking place. We will keep you informed as the situation changes.
God's peace to you all!
In-person worship services are NOT currently happening, but will resume in the month of December (see schedule here). We ask that social distancing and mask guidelines be followed (they are printed out in our bulletins).
For online services, click here.
Audio services will also be airing SUNDAY MORNINGS FROM 9:30AM-10:00AM on local radio station WKAN AM 1320 / 101.3 FM and also stream online at WKAN.com and on their app.
We try to maintain a lively presence on our Facebook pages, but many of our members do not use Facebook. If you learn of someone who has a special need, please let us know. If you feel like there is something you can do to help fellow members, please let us know that as well. The offices are still open so if you do not use email, you can call us at (815) 932-0312.
If you are in a position to keep giving, please maintain this practice. If you need to mail in your offering, you can do that, but it may be easier for you to set up online giving.
St. Paul's Lutheran School:
In-person school is currently underway. Parents, keep in touch with us on FastDirect
Other helpful resources and reminders during this period:
- LCMS Resources for the coronoavirus pandemic
- Don't forget that God has placed in this situation to be responsive to our neighbors! (blog post)
- Parents - Ease Kids' Fears and Anxieties about Covid-19 (blog post)
- "Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague" - by Martin Luther - Written a long time ago, yet applicable today
- 40 Devotions of God's Comfort (from LCMS Disaster Response)
- Where is God Now (devotions from Portals of Prayer)
- Service of Daily Prayer and hymns
St. Paul’s Resources:
Our Online Services – video and audio options make this a great way for you to worship together in your homes
Our Sermons – these can be listened to on your web browser or via podcast
Online Giving – this is an incredible economic challenge for many people, unfortunately it is likely going to cause financial challenges for the church as well, please continue to support our ministry as God so blesses you
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions – these are the Lenten devotions we had available at church
Where is God Now (60 devotions) – special Portals of Prayer devotional resource
Luther’s Small Catechism – also available in app stores for mobile devices
21 Days Together - a series of video devotions by LCMS pastors
Weekly Lectionary Readings – These are the scheduled readings we use in church each week
Weekly Prayers – If you need help with prayers, there are weekly prayers provided by the LCMS for your use
Order of Daily Prayer and hymns (a PDF) – this can be used in your homes as devotions/worship time
KFUO – LCMS radio station available over browser or app, has worship services on Sunday morning at 8am, 10:30a, and 6pm. See their schedule for other great shows.
Worship Anew (formerly called Worship for Shut-ins)
Trinity – Herscher – our sister congregation does Facebook live posts of their Sunday service
Risen Savior – Manteno – our sister congregation does Facebook live posts of their Sunday
Our Savior – Momence – our sister congregation does not live stream, but Pastor David Juhl posts his sermon text on his website
Lutheran Public Radio – You can listen to sacred music or Issues, Etc. Talk Radio
The Word of the Lord Endures Forever podcast – this is a little unwieldy to navigate, but he completed a looooong devotional series on the Gospel of John that I think is FANTASTIC
Bible Project – this site has soooo much content on it. Check out a few of the videos. I can’t vouch for all of the stuff 100% but overall I REALLY like what they do
CPH FaithCourses video studies (free for a limited time) (I had to click through a Facebook ad and unlock the courses)
Lutheran Hour Ministries LEARN courses – these are free once you make an account
Answers in Genesis – tons of resources here
Apps for your phone
- Luther’s Small Catechism (the Small Catechism is free, but you can pay to add the explanation part) [Google Play] [App Store]
- PrayNow ($8.99) [Google Play] [App Store] – an amazingly rich resource for daily devotions and prayer
- Portals of Prayer (free to download, but requires a subscription for content) [Google Play] [App Store]
The Bible App [Google Play] [App Store] – easy access to multiple Bible translations and devotions (but the quality and theology of devotions varies widely) – there are MANY other Bible apps, but this one is probably the most popularly used
The Chosen [Google Play] [App Store] – this is a video series on the life of Jesus and you can watch the first season through this app for FREE. I haven’t watched all of them, but what I watched was VERY GOOD