How St. Paul’s is Responding and What You Need to Know

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Published: March 12, 2020

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is proactively taking measures to care for our congregation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

While no one in our congregation or on our ministry team has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we are monitoring global, federal, state, and local information and discerning proper ways to protect our people and our premises.

Sanitation stations have been placed throughout our campus to provide numerous opportunities for tissues, trash receptacles, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. We encourage everyone to use hand sanitizer upon entering our facilities and again prior to leaving. When vacating a room or program area, we encourage all leaders and participants to take personal responsibility to help us wipe down areas with disinfectant wipes.

At this time, St. Paul’s is making worship and programming decisions on a week by week, and day by day basis. Unless otherwise announced, all regularly scheduled worship and ministry programming will continue. Worship is available via Live Streaming on Facebook every Sunday morning at 10:45AM, CST.

To stay up to date with the most current information, please follow our Shawnee St. Paul’s Facebook page by clicking HERE and subscribe to our church email newsletter by clicking HERE.

To watch a video message from our Pastor about the church response to the Coronavirus, join our member portal HERE.

We ask that each individual and family use wisdom and practice discernment in deciding whether or not to attend church activities.

If you are sick, please do not come to worship or church activities until you have been cleared by your physician.

If you need assistance with running errands for groceries or items from the pharmacy, please contact the church and our mission team will assist you. 405-273-0982.

We wanted to share this information so that everyone in the St. Paul’s community can make informed decisions that are right for them. Please consult your doctor if symptoms develop, and follow the guidance of public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance on evaluating the various levels of exposure risk.

If you are a member or friend of the St. Paul’s community, please help us take care of one another by calling each other.

While 90% of our congregation receives information via Facebook, our email announcements, or both, there are still individuals that will not receive information this way.

There is only one absolute way to ensure that our members are getting vital information…the telephone. Please be your brother and sisters keeper. Meaning, call your church friends and family to share the information you are receiving.

We caution people not to spread hype, rumors, or hyperbole as these things lack facts, are emotionally driven, and are extremely unhelpful.

That said, do pick up the phone and call people. The staff will be doing all in their power to communicate and publish information, but they do not have the capacity to call each and every member and friend of the congregation with every update. We are relying on you to be the church.

Not sure if something you heard sounds quite right? Please ask us. There are no stupid questions. And it’s always better to say “I don’t know but I’ll find out for you,” than give the wrong information.

Words from Pastor Tiffany

“Mindfulness. Wisdom. Empathy. Preparedness.

To give into fear and panic is unwise. To create plans, discern what’s best for you and your family, and care about our neighbors, is wise.

The way in which we live our individual and global lives is changing. There is fear and anxiety among us as the seriousness of our global situation becomes more evident.

– Let us remain diligent in our selectivity of the sources of information we trust and share.

– Let us remain committed to preventive actions.

– Let us remain calm while we seek effective solutions that will address the issues of pandemic.

– Let us remain discerning and prayerful in all things.

– Let us remain wise with how we handle ourselves, expose ourselves to risk, and expose others to our illnesses.

– Let us remain aware of how our actions, inactions, and words affect others around us.

– Let us remain mindful of the vulnerable around us, empathetic to those suffering, and attentive to how we can best love and serve them.

– Let us remain not in an attitude of fear but strength and fortitude.

Praying for our nation, our global neighbors, and all who are suffering.

Be kind to one another.”

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”