March 13, 2020
I am now writing you with further updates about our common life together considering recent developments.Following the guidance of Allegheny County Health Department, and in the interest of public health this weekend we will suspend our usual service schedule. We will only be having worship at 6PM Saturday and 10:45AM Sunday.I am asking you not to attend either of these services in person. We will be livestreaming our 6PM Saturday and our 10:45AM services. You can view them here: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsepiscopalpgh/. A PDF of our bulletin was distributed via the weekly email. If you are scheduled the serve in any liturgical, please know you are now excused.At this point, we are taking decisions about worship week-to-week, since things are evolving so quickly.
We are also suspending all adult, children and youth in-person gatherings and meetings for the next few weeks.This includes Sunday School, EYC, Confirmation Classes, Choir rehearsals, Adult Forum, Daily Office, Wednesday Eucharist, Men’s Group, Men’s Bible Study, Rector’s Bible Study, Lent Reflection Groups, Wednesday Evening Lent program, Ignatian and Centering Prayer Groups and EFM and all Commission and Committee meetings. Some of these groups will continue to meet via video conference and phone.Our Nursery School is also now closed until April 14th.
Early next week, we will send out a schedule of services, concerts, Children and Youth programs, Bible studies and reflection groups that you can connect with via video conference, telephone or live streaming.
These decisions were made in consultation with our Bishop and Wardens. I grieve needing to do this; and I also believe that it is in the best interest of our community.Please also see my last message, which outlines ways for us to care for each other and remain connected during this time.
Please know that I pray for you, and please keep your parish leadership and me in your prayers.
The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector
[email protected] or 412-531-7153 x11
Holy and gracious God, give us the strength to meet the health crisis growing in our world. Enlighten researchers that they may discover the right vaccine against this disease. Guide the doctors, nurses and all medical technicians working with those who are infected to take correct actions for their care. Protect all medical staff and family or friends caring for those who are ill. Bring together the governments and governmental agencies around the world to work together to eradicate this health threat. All this we ask through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
(This prayer is thanks to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia)