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COVID-19 Updates

Worship

At the direction of Bishop Rowe, we are suspending all in-person worship and parish events, until further notice.  We are continuing to broadcast Morning Prayer at 10 am on Sunday on our Facebook page and posting the video on our Vimeo channel later in the day.  We are continuing to host many events on Zoom for all ages – subscribe to our e-newsletter for information and links.

Holy Week

Holy Week is, as the name suggests, the holiest week of the Christian year.  We are offering two ways to celebrate Holy Week and Easter at home this year.

Holy Week at home is activities for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and an at home Easter Vigil for your household.  You can sign up to get a Holy Week at Home packet here.

On the Day before Easter, April 3, we will be dropping off stuffed Easter Eggs so that you can have your own, socially distanced, Easter Egg Hunt.  You can sign up for the drop-off Easter Egg Hunt here.

Puzzle Exchange

We have a puzzle exchange located in the garden area in front of our building.  It works like the little free libraries. Bring the puzzles that you have finished and pick up a new one or two.  We are suggesting that you leave the puzzles in your trunk or garage for a day or two (Johns Hopkins says the virus might live up to 24 hours on cardboard).

During the winter the path to the box is cleared from the north side of the building (closer to Main St.) – so drive around, park on that side & walk past the red doors to the box.

Outreach Opportunities

As Christians we are called to Love God, Love Neighbor & Change the World.
Here are some ways that we can take action to change the world.

1. Participate in the Digital Day of Change

Sunday March 14 is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.  Make sure to set your clock forward one hour on Saturday March 13.

Usually at St. Paul’s this would be a “Day of Change” where we ask you to bring your spare change to church and donate it to an organization that is changing lives.

Since we aren’t worshipping in person right now, we are going to do a “Digital Day of Change”.  We are asking everyone to make a small donation ($25 or less) to an organization that is changing lives.

Let Pastor Vicki know where you sent your “spare change” and we will publicize all the places that St. Paul’s is making a difference.

Some examples are:
FeedMore Western New York
The Family Justice Center
Episcopal Relief and Development
Say Yes to Education

 

2. Address unequal opportunities
In the Buffalo region more than 50% of the children live in poverty.  That means that more than half the children in our region don’t have the access to technology, educational opportunities and enrichment activities that most of the children in our congregation do.

The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable issued a report in 2018 about the inequities in our region and what we could gain as a community if they were addressed.  You can find the report here – https://cfgb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/racial-equity-dividend-report-2018.pdf

Say Yes Buffalo has started a drive to provide reliable technology to students in Buffalo.  You can find the link to the drive here (https://sayyesbuffalo.wedid.it/campaigns/7543)

 

3. Write to your elected representatives and express your opinion
You can find information on the Erie County Legislature here – https://www2.erie.gov/legislature/
You can find information on the State Legislature here – https://nyassembly.gov/ & here https://www.nysenate.gov/

 

4. Volunteer for Hearts & Hands Faith in Action
This is a group of volunteers that help senior citizens in our communities.  You can grocery shop, provide transportation to appointments, be a phone buddy to help someone stay connected or help with home repairs & yard work.

Find more information here  –  https://hnhcares.org/