Dear St. Paul’s Family,

Grace and peace.

A new normal now exists in America due to Coronavirus. Due to our consultation with the medical community, the closure of the Waverly-Shell Rock School District and the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control of a prohibition of gatherings larger than 50, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School is closed until further notice by action of our congregational council. This means there will be no worship services, meetings, classes or gatherings of any kind.

The building and church office will remain open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pastoral staff is available by phone calls. We will also provide daily online content for friends and family on St. Paul’s website. This content will be Monday through Friday, available at 4:30 p.m. at Monday is Music with Nick Klemetson. Tuesday is Family Lenten Devotions with Deb Bachman. Wednesday is Holden Evening Prayer with Pr. Arthur preaching. Thursday is School Worship with Kris Meyer. Friday is Prayer with Pr. Arthur. The content will be available on Tuesday, March 17. On Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., we will broadcast live on KWAY 99.3 FM and live stream on our website. We want to stay connected with you St. Paul’s!

We are asking all members to remain faithful in our giving. You can mail your giving, or you can sign up by visiting If you’re new to online giving, click on “Give Online” under the “first time” section. You can use either your email address or phone number to log in. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact the church office staff for assistance. It is a safe, easy and simple way to guarantee your giving to St. Paul’s during these times.

Please know we will keep you updated on St. Paul’s plans as the situation develops and changes. Pr. Arthur closed his sermon this past weekend with these words. “Through wisdom and love, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School will rise to this moment. We will be living water for each other and all will be well.” All will be well.

In Christ,

Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Bergren
Lead Pastor

Dr. Allan Bernard