COVID-19 Statement


Worship will be observed through live stream until further notice to facilitate social distancing.


Dear Beloved St. Paul’s Family:

Grace and Peace surround you and hold you as we all wrestle with fear and uncertainty during this difficult time. Starting this Sunday, March 15, we will worship together via our wonderful live stream ministry and not gather in the sanctuary in order to follow the recommendations of the health department regarding social distancing. We will not hold any of our other wonderful Sunday morning ministries at this time. We will continue to worship through live stream only for the rest of March and evaluate April’s services as we continue to consult with the health department and medical experts. I am so thankful for our live stream volunteers!

We will also utilize Zoom online meeting software and other digital resources for our weekly meetings, and send out the Monday/Thursday Visio Divina materials via email to anyone who is interested. Simply email me (tsivers@stpaulsithaca.org) to request the devotional material. If any of our wonderful St. Paul’s small groups would also like to utilize digital ways of meeting, please let me know.

I am working with some of our church members to create ways for us to connect with one another during this frightening time. It is my hope to offer weekly connections for adults, youth and children. I am also reaching out to social service agencies and city government to see what ways St. Paul’s and other faith communities can support efforts to help those in economic distress due to closings and loss of work and business, and the closing of schools. 

Please contact me and/or Pastor Debbie (dallen@stpaulsithaca.org) if you have any need and share any thoughts or ideas to support one another. 

As we continue to hold this pandemic and its effects in prayer, may this devotional today from the United Church of Christ minister, Mary Luti, offer comfort: https://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional_fearful_empathy.

May the Light of Hope and Love hold you tightly,
Pastor Teressa