Online worship services to continue while building remains closed through November

The following is a letter from Session to SPC Members and Friends regarding our continuing path forward during this pandemic. A printer friendly version is also attached.

August 24, 2020

Dear SPC Members and Friends,

At its August 13 meeting, Session made the decision to keep the building closed and continue Sunday worship and small group gatherings on-line at least through the end of November. Given the nature of the virus, our congregation’s demographics, burdensome protocols and logistics, and input from various groups/committees within the church, Session felt this was the wisest course of action. Therefore, we will continue working to enhance and/or expand ways to help the congregation stay connected and cared for beyond the walls of the building.

As we move forward, the following efforts are underway:
• Session approved the Deacon Shepherd’s “Call to Serve” document which outlines the newly expanded role of Deacon. Deacons will be reaching out more regularly to their “flocks” and looking for ways to build community within these small groups.
• Pastor Gusti is leading a team to evaluate the on-line worship experience and assess what changes might need to be made to ensure an impactful experience for members and friends.
• An ad hoc team has been formed to brainstorm ways to build and strengthen connections among us. The recent summer caroling is an example of one of the ideas generated by this group.

We encourage you to reach out to Pastor Gusti or a member of Session if you have ideas or suggestions of ways that SPC can continue to minister to members and friends and the larger community as we move through this unprecedented period in the life of the church. These are uncharted waters for all of us!

Finally, on Sunday, September 13 at 9:30am, we will hold a virtual congregational meeting. Pastor Gusti will be leading that meeting and sharing what is happening at SPC and in our larger church community, now and into the fall. Stay tuned for more details.

We send blessings to you all,


Lois C. Spreen
Clerk of Session