Coronavirus Updates

Due to the situation with the Coronavirus, it has been decided that there will be NO IN PERSON WORSHIP through May 10.  You are encouraged to worship with us online using our facebook live feed.
 
Read the latest messages from Pastor David.
March 13, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
Yesterday afternoon, Governor DeWine announced a ban on mass gatherings of 100 or more people within the state of Ohio. While this declaration excludes religious activities, St. Paul Community UMC will be cancelling all worship events for two Sundays, to include March 15th and March 22nd. In lieu of public gatherings, an abbreviated worship experience will be livestreamed beginning at 10:00 a.m. on each of these two Sundays on the St. Paul Community UMC Facebook page.
 
The recommendation to cancel all large public worship events comes at the request of Bishop Gregory Palmer, resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference. Public health experts collectively agree for the need to slow the rate of infection from the COVID-19 virus, so that our health care service providers have the time and resources needed to respond effectively. The precautions the church now is undertaking are important, not only for our congregation, but for the health and well-being of the greater community.
 
In addition to the cancellation of public worship for the next two Sundays, the Emmaus Women’s Walk scheduled for March 19th to the 22nd has been postponed until next fall. The Emmaus Gathering scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd also has been cancelled.
 
The church office will remain open during business hours Monday through Thursday, as usual. However, the St. Paul Preschool will hold its final class this Monday, March 16th prior to going on an extended spring break. All other small group events scheduled at the church through April 2nd will meet at the discretion of the groups’ leaders, to include Bible Study, Al-Anon, etc. Please check the church’s website at https://stpaulcumc.org or the St. Paul Community UMC Facebook page for routine updates and information.
 
Finally, I am encouraging you as a congregation to check on one another during this extraordinary season of life. This is a time to step up our game as the Body of Christ to be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ. Pay specific attention to those who have underlying health concerns, as well as those persons who live alone.
 
For information as to how you can take further measures to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus, please reference or call the Hamilton County Health Department at https://hamiltoncountyhealth.org or 513-946-7610. Additionally, contact your primary healthcare physician immediately should you develop the following symptoms: dry cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
 
Please call the church office at 513-891-8181 if you wish a pastoral care visit. For those who live in independent living, assisted living, or healthcare centers, our pastoral staff may be prohibited when making in person visits, but would be happy to contact you by phone.
 
As one of your pastors, please know that you remain in my fondest thoughts and prayers. Together, let’s believe that God is busily making something good amidst this uncertain and chaotic moment in time.
 
Be Blessed!
Pastor Dave
Rev. Dr. David Wells