March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Dear Members of our St. Paul’s – Cudahy Family –

On Monday morning, our St. Paul’s leadership team was trying to determine what to do as far as our Wednesday Lenten services and our regular worship services.  Governor Evers’ ban on gatherings of more than 50, followed by President Trump’s recommendation to avoid gatherings of more than 10, helped make the decision for us.  St. Paul’s Church is cancelling all scheduled worship services, Bible Classes and activities until further notice.

It remains our mission at St. Paul’s to serve you spiritually even through the coronavirus crisis.  In order to do that we are going to begin live streaming and recording our 9:30 AM Sunday worship service.  An additional Lenten devotion and message will be recorded so you can access that at any time.  For information on how to access the stream and recordings, go to the St. Paul’s Church Website stpaulscudahy.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/stpaulscudahy/.  We will inform you when or if we have Holy Week worship plans.

This also impacts our St. Paul’s School.  In response to both the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor Evers’ mandate, our school will be closed to student education until at least April 6.  We will continue to monitor updates and make a decision on re-opening. During that time St. Paul’s is implementing Virtual Learning Days.  Virtual Learning Days are school days.  But, unlike a traditional school day, attendance is not determined by being physically present in the school building.  Instead, attendance is tracked through completion of a student’s homework assignments that our parents pick up and drop off at school.

Some of our St. Paul’s brothers and sisters are not able to get out to buy groceries or other necessary supplies.  If you need items picked up from the grocery store, contact the church office at 744-9988, or Pastor Marshall at 828-7320.  We have members who have offered and stand ready and willing to pick up and deliver those items. 

Even though our congregation’s church and school activities have been greatly reduced during this time, your continued financial support is still needed for our ongoing weekly commitments.  If you have offering envelopes, your offering can be placed in the envelope, add a stamp and drop it in the mail.  If you want to electronically give a one-time gift or set up a regular offering plan go to the St. Paul’s Church Website and click Give on the top line.

So many times, the Lord uses a verse of a hymn or a song to be just the right encouragement at just the right time for us.  That was true this past Sunday. The Senior Choir sang a selection that many in worship commented on as a timely and reassuring message.  So much so, that they were humming the melody as they left God’s House and perhaps have found themselves humming it this week. How comforting then, is God’s Word when put to music:  

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.

I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast.

To listen again, or for the first time go to YouTube and type in “He Will Hold Me Fast”.  

In Christ, who holds us fast, Pastor Marshall 

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