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Last posted 8/14/21 at 12:00PM

The family at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church loves and cares for our Decatur community, and we want to continue do our part to help protect our family, friends, and neighbors from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accordance with current local and state guidelines, face masks should be worn in the facility by those who have not been fully vaccinated, especially when entering and exiting, moving about common areas and in the Worship Center, and especially when unable to be adequately socially distant (6ft or more) from others. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask. This includes St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and SPL Field House. Face masks are still required for all persons inside St. Paul’s Early Learning Center. Please also regularly wash and sanitize your hands.

When coming to the building to visit the Church Office during the week, please use the South East/Cross Tower Entrance and please stop at the Reception Desk to check-in.

When coming to the building for in-person Weekend Worship, please use the South Main Entry on the front face of the building (enter into the West Fellowship Area).

When coming to the building for the SPL Field House or Run/Walk/Fitness activities, please use the South Main Entry on the front face of the building (enter into the West Fellowship Area).

When coming to St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, please use their marked entrance on the East side of the building and follow their posted guidelines for entry. During the colder weather, drop-off and pick-up will be directed inside through the East doors of the building during the high traffic times (7:00-8:30am and 3:30-5:00pm especially). Questions about entry should be directed to St. Paul’s Early Learning Center at 217-424-9183.

WORSHIP
We offer in-person and online worship services at regular worship times and are following guidelines for doing so. Hand sanitizing stations and hand washing facilities are available for your use, and a face mask will be provided for you if you need one. If you or a family member are ill, if you are experiencing symptoms, or if you have been exposed to or are caring for someone with COVID, please stay at home for your own health and safety and the health and safety of others.

All worship related documents and links are also available to you at SPLDECATUR.ORG/CHURCHONLINE (such as the worship guide, prayer list, helpful links, and related items)

We continue to host both In-Person and Online worship services. In-person services take place on Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 8:00am & 10:30am. The Sunday 8:00am & 10:30am Worship Services are live streamed at spldecatur.online.church (as well as special services as indicated). Past recorded messages can be viewed at BIT.LY/SPLREPLAY.

COMMUNION
We distribute Communion during the 6:00pm Saturday and 8:00am Sunday in-person worship services in the Worship Center, also on the 2nd & 4th Sundays in 10:30am worship. If you are not able to receive Communion in-person but would like to receive it, please contact the Church Office at 217-423-6955 to make arrangements.

CLASSES
All current offerings can also be viewed on the Calendar at SPLDECATUR.ORG – please follow our building guidelines, including wearing of face masks as indicated, when participating in these offerings.. The Fall Session of F3: Family-Faith-Formation will take place September 15 – November 17 (meeting Wednesdays with Classes at 6:30pm and Dinner at 5:30pm) and registration is available HERE. We also have class offerings for Kids, Youth, Parents, Adults during Sunday Education Time each week from 9:15-10:15am (Sunday).

Pastor’s Class is offered IN-PERSON (Dining Room at SPL) and ONLINE via Zoom on Sundays at 9:15am (login information is distributed via weekly email, or by contacting the Church Office at 217-423-6955).

SPL ManUp Men’s Ministry is offered in-person in The Loft at SPL on Saturday mornings at 7:00 am.

SPL Youth for grades 9-12 Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the Family Room is in session. SPL Youth Wednesday evenings continues through the summer at 6:00pm each week and will begin to meet at 6:30pm beginning September 15.

Youth in 7th & 8th Grade meet for Confirmation in The Loft on Sundays at 9:15am – (Parents meet with the SPL Parents group in Room 122)

SPL Kids hosts SPL Kids Sunday Education Time (9:15-10:15am Sundays) with classes for ages 3 years – 6th Grade on the 2nd Floor. (Building Blocks for children ages 6 weeks-3 yrs and their parents meets in Room 122.)

The Nursery is available during service times. Guidelines are followed to help ensure the health and safety of the children and the staff. Nursery is also available during Sunday Education Time (9:15-10:15am) and during Fall F3 Wednesday evenings.

CHURCH OFFICE
The Church Office is open during the week (8:00am-5:00pm) – please enter the building via the south atrium entrance (at the Cross Tower) and check-in with the reception desk attendant. Please follow current guidelines when visiting the building and Church Office. We recommend you call ahead to make an appointment with the person you plan to see – please call the Church Office at 217-423-6955 if you have a need or question.

Questions? Contact the Church Office at 217-423-6955.

COUNT ME IN!: We like to know when you’re worshiping with us, whether it’s in person or online! Be sure to complete the online CONNECT CARD for you and your family each week you worship with us, available on our Forms list at SPLDECATUR.ORG

CHURCH ONLINE

If you’ve never used our Church Online Platform before, click HERE for tips to enhance your online experience. You can also find the Weekly Worship Guide and Prayer List by clicking HERE.

WATCH WORSHIP SERVICES ONLINE

Worship Services Online
Sunday at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Wednesday 6:30 PM (Seasonal during Advent & Lent)

If you or someone you know does not have access to viewing worship online, we would be glad to mail an audio recording of the service. Please contact Sarah Johnson at 217-855-5855 or sarah@spldecatur.org to be added to the mailing list during this time.

STAY CONNECTED

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
If you want a quick and easy way to keep most of these resources at your fingertips, download the SPL Decatur app on your devices. Access Church Online, Giving, Forms, and all of our social platforms there.

Just go to SPLDECATUR.ORG/APP and click the link for the device you have to get started.

Worshiping with us Online? Let us know!
You can “check-in” and let us know you’re with us via the Connect Card (available by clicking at the top right while viewing the worship service or also in the Forms section of our website). There is also an option to submit a prayer request as a part of this form.

Continue to Pray
In this unprecedented time, we continue to put our faith and hope in Christ, and we join together in prayer for our city, country, and world. You can always submit prayer requests to our Pastors and Staff through our website by clicking “Need Prayer” and completing the available form. You can also email sarah@spldecatur.org.

You can gather with us in prayer online via our SPL Family in Prayer group on Facebook. You can connect and request to join – just CLICK HERE.

Giving
If you’re wondering what to do about Giving as related to worship, you are able to access our Online Giving platform via the SPLDECATUR.ORG main page or on the Church Online site (button located in the upper right region of each page).

If you utilize the envelope system, you are welcome to mail it to the Church Office (1 Bachrach Ct., Decatur, IL 62526). You may also drop off any items at the Church Office during the week (Monday-Friday) during available hours.

Latest Updates
You can stay connected to all of the latest information via our online connecting points:
On this page or our Latest News section of our website at SPLDECATUR.ORG
On our Facebook Page at facebook.com/stpaulsdecatur
On Twitter at @SPLDecatur
On Instagram at @SPLDecatur or #SPLDecatur
On YouTube at @SPLDecatur where we have past messages and several playlists available to you

On the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center Website at ELCDECATUR.ORG and Facebook page at facebook.com/ELCDecatur

On the SPL Field House Facebook page at facebook.com/SPLFieldHouse

On the Decatur Kids Facebook page at facebook.com/DecaturBagsOfHope

Connect with SPL Kids on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/SPLKids

Connect with SPL Youth on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/SPLYouth

Looking to meet with your Life Group of 10 or less?
If you and your Life Group are looking to connect and are in need of ideas, contact our Church Office at 217-423-6955 to find out what resources are available to you during this time.

Watch for more updates on this webpage as we continue to navigate this situation together.

TAKING PRECAUTIONS

Please be mindful of the guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including:

Stay home when you are sick and and follow ALL guidelines
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– Use tissues and throw them away after use
Keep a distance (at least 6 feet); no handshaking
– You should be fever free for at least 48 hours, without fever-reducing meds, before venturing out or being in contact with others

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact us at info@spldecatur.org.