Greetings from St. Paul United Church of Christ, the “Church on the Corner” in Navarre, Ohio! We are the oldest continuing congregation in Stark County, serving the needs of our members, neighbors, friends, and community for over 200 years. We have been a Lutheran Church, a German Reformed Church, and Evangelical & Reformed Church, and since 1957, we have been the United Church of Christ. But through all the changes, we have worshipped continuously as God’s faithful congregation in Navarre. We welcome you to our Church to worship and fellowship with us. Our doors are open to EVERYONE who wishes to worship God through the presence of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. “God is Still Speaking” in our midst, and we are still a faith community in progress, with a great ecumenical spirit. Come and join us in “Our Little Corner” of Ohio. There is always a place for YOU!
If you would like to learn more about the United Church of Christ, please visit www.ucc.org.
June 25, 2020
Dear St. Paul United Church of Christ Family,
Church Council met on Tuesday evening and voted to move the earliest possible date for resuming in-person worship out one more week to July 12, 2020. We will meet again on July 7th in order to reassess the situation and will keep you informed about any new developments.
As previously mentioned, we are constantly monitoring new data from the Stark County Health Department regarding the pandemic in the State of Ohio, in Stark County, and in the cities of Canton and Massillon. The latest available information indicates that there has recently been an increase in new cases of COVID-19 in the region. We believe that the prudent course of action is to delay gathering in the sanctuary until there is more clarity with respect to the severity and duration of this recent upward trend.
The working group that we convened to formulate a strategy for resumption of in-person worship has come up with a set of guidelines that will be distributed prior to the date on which we first gather. The situation in which we currently find ourselves will require changes to our traditional experience of church that will, quite frankly, be uncomfortable and frustrating at times — we completely understand that no one is actually looking forward to maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask and not singing while in church. Nonetheless, anyone who chooses to attend in-person worship will need to follow these guidelines for the good of all. New norms will be essential to our ability to navigate the new normal.
If you have any questions and concerns, you can reach the office by phone at 330-879-5836 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Brent Gundlah, Pastor
Randy Yoder, Council President