Dear St. Paulers,
We at St. Paul have spent hours in prayer on ways that we can help reduce the spread of germs amid the recent COVID-19 concerns. Recently Emory University has closed for the semester and the Atlanta Public School System is closed for the next two weeks, as well as a suspension of the NBA and NHL. While we covet our time together on Sunday mornings, in an abundance of caution, and at the strong suggestion of our Bishop, we have made the decision to suspend worship for at least two weeks (Sunday March 15th and Sunday March 22). During this suspension we will also cancel all meetings, gatherings, and events put on by the church.
We will, however, have a worship experience available on Sunday morning via facebook live. We encourage you on Sunday morning to tune into the church’s facebook page (@stpaulgrantpark) and worship with us from your home. We will also be sending out occasional devotions and videos during this closing to encourage you through it. Know that you are welcome to send in any prayer concerns during this time (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will be prayed over. Additionally we encourage you during this time to continue worshipping through our online giving, sending checks to the office (501 Grant St. SE Atlanta, Ga 30312), or by your bank’s autopay service.
During this time we want everyone to stay safe, to be healthy, and to help limit the spread of the current pandemic. We also encourage you to check on your at-risk neighbors, to lend a helping hand to those who may find it dangerous to leave the house, and to find ways to be a good neighbor. Pray for caregivers, healthcare workers, and those who are sick. Be kind and patient with loved ones, friends, and strangers alike.
If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this email. Your health and safety are imperative to us. “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you” (Phil. 1:3).