According to our "Where Are We Now Survey," about 80 percent of our congregation is fully vaccinated against coronavirus and another 10 percent are in the process of being vaccinated. This does not account for children or teenagers who have not been eligible to receive a vaccine.
It is the pastoral advice of each expression of this church for each member who is eligible and medically able to receive a coronavirus vaccine. This guidance is based on the same principal that has guided us throughout this pandemic, love for neighbor. We look to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable while staying true to our mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all people. Receiving a coronavirus vaccine checks all those boxes.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The church council met on Monday evening (May 10). In that meeting we spent a considerable amount of time discussing where we are going to gather for worship for the next six weeks. We looked at the results of the brief survey sent to the congregation and tried to interpret what it said about how the membership of St. Paul's was navigating this new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. What we have discovered is that each household or even each person looks at the situation differently, acts and reacts differently, and bases their decisions about when and where to worship on a variety of different factors. At the current time, it is impossible organize a worship service that a majority of our membership will want to attend and in which they will feel both safe and comfortable.
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