by: Daryl WIlliams
ST. PAUL CHURCH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3/13/2020 UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS HEALTH & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
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At this time, Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Maryland asking that there be no gatherings of more than 250 people. In compliance with this directive, our Resident Bishop LaTrelle Miller-Easterling has declared that all Maryland United Methodist Churches will not gather for the next two weeks. (To read her statement click here.) Therefore, St. Paul Church will not gather for worship in person for the next two Sundays. Instead, we will be gathering on-line at 10:30 am for online worship. In addition, we will be canceling all church activities during the week out of an abundance of caution. However, as of now, we will be hosting a modified version of Warm Nights with strict restrictions and guidance from Prince George’s County.
UPGRADED PROTOCOL & MEASURES
ST. PAUL CHURCH has prioritized maintaining its Sunday worship services. Starting Sunday, March 15, we will be worshiping on-line only. You can access that live broadcast at www.StPaulOxonHill.org That online service will take place at 10:30 am. Please join us.
WARM NIGHTS CURRENT STATUS &
As of now, we will be hosting a HIGHLY MODIFIED Warm Night session in conjunction with Prince George’s County.
We have established an enhanced clean team to ongoingly clean and disinfect while we are hosting Warm Nights.
We are asking members who have volunteered for food service, security, and cleaning only to serve during Warm Nights.
There are NO reported cases of the coronavirus infection among our church staff or congregation.
There are NO reported cases of the coronavirus infection among our guests for Warm Nights.
The ST. PAUL CHURCH maintenance staff conducts regular cleaning of our sanctuary, fellowship hall, classrooms, offices, and restrooms throughout the week. In addition, there is an entire deep clean of the facility on Saturday evenings prior to Sunday Morning services. This practice utilizes standard cleaning tools, instruments, and disinfectants.
ST. PAUL CHURCH has a combined six operational multi-person and single-use restrooms. Each is equipped with soap dispensers.
ST. PAUL CHURCH is currently equipped with multiple Purell hand sanitizer dispensers for member and visitor use.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If you are displaying any symptoms of a cold, flu or virus of ANY FORM:
We want you to be safe, so please take the necessary health precautions and contact your doctor for advisement if you are not feeling well.
We ask that you thoroughly wash your hands for at least twenty (20) seconds using disinfectant soap in all settings.
We ask that you cough within the elbow and sleeve space of the arm to reduce the spread of potential bacteria and viruses in all settings.
We ask that you visit the website of The Centers for Disease Control for further prevention measures you can take to protect you and your family: https://www.cdc.gov/corona…/2019-ncov/community/…/index.html.
WE ALSO ASK THAT YOU:
PRAY for our world, our leaders, and health professionals, as well as the most vulnerable among us.
SHARE this information with other ST. PAUL CHURCH members.
JOIN us online at 10:30 am for worship service on Sunday.
LOOK for regular church updates as via ST. PAUL CHURCH e-blast.
CONTINUE TO REGULARLY SUPPORT ST. PAUL CHURCH FINANCIALLY through your consistent giving of tithes and offerings through the use of your giving envelopes, the ST. PAUL CHURCH website and the Givelify app.
For those who would prefer to mail their contributions, the church's mailing address is:
St. Paul United Methodist Church
6634 St. Barnabas Road 's
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
ATTEN: FINANCE COMMITTEE
Feel free to contact the church office at (301) 567-4433 if you have any additional questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Please remember, we are people of faith, not of fear. We want to be prudent and use common sense in our actions, but we trust in the Lord. So in this season, “In these Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7