We will continue worshiping at Open Season for now. Please give yourself enough time to answer screening questions and have your temperature taken at the door.
Online worship will continue on our church Facebook page (facebook.com/stalbansstuttgartar/).
Use hand sanitizer. You are encouraged to bring your own.
Please stay home if you have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19.
We are no longer asking you to stay home if you have traveled out of state in the last 14 days. However, if you have been in an unsafe situation where masks were not worn and social distancing was not observed, whether in-state or out-of-state, please stay home.
Dear people of God,
With a deep sense of sadness, I am writing to inform you that we will return to online worship for Sunday, October 11. There will be no in-person liturgy at Open Season. Please join us on our Facebook page at 10:30 for morning prayer.
This past week, we have seen a tremendous and troubling rise in the number of cases in Arkansas county. As I write this, there are 117 active cases, an all-time high for us. This past week alone, Arkansas county has reported an additional 46.35 active cases per 10,000 people. By far, those are the highest numbers for all of Arkansas.
After consulting the advice of medical professionals, and after consulting our own bishop's guidelines, it is clear that we are already in the middle of a significant outbreak and need to take direct action. The ethical and Christian thing to do is to limit our own public gatherings. And please remember to limit your interactions with others, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands.
We will still have our blessing of the animals liturgy at 5:00 on Sunday. Masks are required, and our animals will make sure social distancing is enforced. You may stay in your car in the gravel parking lot, if you would prefer, and I will come by for a socially-distanced blessing.
My hope is that we will be able to re-gather in person very, very soon. I am monitoring the numbers everyday. In the meantime, please be safe, and pray for our community. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Yours in Christ,
A Note from Junior Warden Jeremiah Moore
Good morning to my church family of St. Alban’s! I miss you all dearly, and look forward to the time we can once again reunite as a whole on Sunday mornings. I write this note in my capacity as your Junior Warden, and I am in need of your help. It is my duty to ensure that the church building and grounds are kept in working order and shape, even in this time of uncertainty and congregational absence. The A/C unit that keeps the sanctuary cool during these summer months is no longer in working condition. In fact, our entire unit system is on the verge of needing to be replaced, and this is the first unit to fail.
With that being said, Willie Ludwig and I have collected a number of quotes for replacing the broken unit, and we’ve secured the lowest bid at $6,190 + tax. Many thanks to Willie for his assistance in this matter. While we have roughly $7,000 in our church building fund, the near future seems to indicate that we will need much more than the cost of one unit. Besides that, the current roof does not have many years left, shown evident by some recent shingle damage during a recent storm.
But I do have good news! We have received a very generous anonymous matching donation to the building fund for $6,790. This means that for every dollar given to the building fund, one more will be added to it up to $6,790. You can give by sending a check to the church (PO Box 726, Stuttgart, AR, 72160), by dropping a check off at the church, or by giving online.
I completely understand that you all give generously in your monthly pledges, and for this, I am grateful. My ask to you is this: in addition to your current pledge, please consider giving to the building fund for these much needed current and upcoming repairs. We are a strong church family, and we can help create a solution as a family. Please donate to help us acquire the full amount of the matching gift. I am thankful to you all. Whether it’s financial contributions, work at the food bank, buying green beans, or praying for your church family and neighbors, thank you. Should you need anything from me, I’m just a phone call away.
Jeremiah Moore, Junior Warden
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