You, your family and friends are invited to join us for online worship this Sunday, January 24, at 9:30 am. This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25) and this Sunday is Ecumenical Sunday. The Wisconsin Council of Churches has prepared a special worship service for this Sunday as a way of increasing the unity of the church, helping us grow in appreciation for its diversity, and providing respite for pandemic-weary clergy. The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Abide in my love... you shall bear much fruit" from John 15:1-17. This service is pre-recorded, so you can watch it anytime-- not just on Sunday morning. The Worship Guide to this service is attached to this email. Here is the link to this Sunday's special worship service:
St. Paul's is a wonderful congregation of intimate size and broad diversity. With families that have farmed in the area for many generations to young couples building nearby homes, we are a dynamic and yet harmonious family of faith.
Our individual beliefs range from conservative to liberal, from certainty to doubt. Members have grown up in various Catholic or Protestant traditions or no tradition at all. We trust that there is room in the arms of Christ for a wide variety of beliefs, and we make room for one another in our hearts.
We also agree with comedienne Gracie Allen’s sentiment, “Never put a period where God has put a comma.” We continue to listen to the wisdom and truth of God in sermon, silence, scripture and from one another. We extend to all an invitation to join us in that conversation.
At our meeting on December 14, the Church Council approved to reopen our sanctuary, starting on December 20th, for those members who wish to sit in our sanctuary while watching the Online Zoom Worship. Those members who choose to watch the zoom worship in our sanctuary will need to follow the in-person worship guidelines listed below.
Click the link below for important reopening guidelines. These are to help us worship together while maintaining safe social distancing and following CDC recommended sanitization guidelines.
The Council vote allows for small group gatherings of 15 people or less to continue in our building (Sunday School, Women's Guild, Nutty Knitters, etc.), if desired, with wearing of face masks and social distancing required.
Please continue to practice good stewardship. You can use the link below to make your weekly offering or you can mail your weekly offerings to the church office at: St. Paul's UCC, attn: Financial Secretary, 495 St. Augustine Road, Colgate, WI 53017. Thank you for continuing to give as generously as you can!