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Reopening Plans

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Dear sister/brother in Christ,

Family members love and care for each other. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

The weekend of May 17, we saw that love in action as members of the St. Paul’s family gathered for the first time to receive communion in groups of 10.

  • Old friends talked while waiting for the Lord’s Supper.
  • New acquaintances were made.
  • We respected social distancing and were careful to touch as little possible to keep the facility clean and safe for the next group.

The Next Steps in Love

As we begin the next steps of reopening St. Paul’s, we want to consider how to show love to different groups of people. 

  • Love for those in “at risk” groups and those who do not wish to gather in large groups.
    • We will continue our online worship of both the Traditional and Bridge services.
    • We will continue to offer communion in groups of 10 for as long as needed.
    • If the need becomes evident, we will begin an “at risk” service with very limited attendance and face mask requirements. 
  • Love for those who desire in-person worship as soon as possible.
    • We will begin in-person worship of the Traditional Worship the weekend of May 31st, limiting attendance to 25% of capacity. The services will be Saturday @ 5 pm; Sunday @ 7:45, 9:15 and 10:45 am; Wednesday @ 7 pm. Note that we will not be offering the contemporary service at this time of transition. Registration may be required to keep our services at 25% capacity. More information will be emailed next week.
    • We will begin in-person worship of The Bridge on June 7th @ 10:15 am, limiting attendance to 25% of capacity. Registration may be required.
    • Additional services will be added the following weeks as necessary to serve all who want to worship in-person.
    • We will begin to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the in-person worship late in June. 
  • Love for our staff and our congregation’s reputation. Interaction with a large number of people on a weekly basis dramatically increases the risk for our staff members. Christian churches have had their reputations marred because a cluster of COVID-19 cases could be traced back to a church setting. Therefore, not only for your own health, but the health of your staff and everyone present we ask the following:

 

  • Maintain social distance. Do not sit in areas closed for social distancing purposes.
  • Refrain from hugs or handshakes.
  • Wear a mask as much as possible.  
  • Touch as little as possible to minimize risk for the next groups.
  • Wash your hands often and regularly, especially after returning home.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

 
Other Uses of Our Facilities

  •  Our Child Care Center and our Summer Care program reopen on Tuesday, May 26th.
  • Congregational groups can begin to use our buildings. Please inform Tammy in our church office ( ) that your group is resuming scheduled activities so that we can ensure staff is available for cleaning. We ask that all groups respect social distancing guidelines and wear masks as much as possible.
  • We will reopen our buildings for rental to non-member groups later in the summer.

These reopening plans are subject to change. If you have questions, use the contact form (www.StPaulMuskego.org/contact-us/), or call the church office (414-422-0320) and press zero to leave a message.

Recap

In Christian love we will seek to serve God’s people:

  • Continued online broadcast of Traditional and Bridge services.
  • Continued weekly offering of communion in small, short devotional services.
  • In-person worship beginning on May 31st for Traditional services and June 7th for The Bridge.

Your brother in Christ,
 
Pastor Peter Panitzke
For the Ministerial Team

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