Hello Everyone,
St. Peter’s as of November 29, 2020 will be presenting virtual services in our sanctuary. As a consistory we are listening to concerns for safety from St. Peter’s staff while following the consistory decision to keep our doors open during the advent and Christmas season until the end of the year. Staff has already been working hard on preparing the virtual services by enhancing the services with new ideas for taping, more music and staying safe. As we enter this adventure together, we will be entering new territory please be patient during our transition.

However, it is Thanksgiving and a time to give thanks for everyone. Please thank: our staff, those that are front line workers in the hospitals and clinics, those that are care givers for the elderly, those that help when others are in need, those that take the time to care, those that listen, those that choose to put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others, and for those that work at trying to keep our church open and safe.

While our doors will remain open from now through the end of the year, we never know what next week will bring, so please watch for updates. Consistory will monitor the services, clean and make updates if any are needed to deal with COVID-19. We are scheduled to have three Christmas Eve worship services at the following times: 4:30PM, 7:00PM and 11:00PM. Communion will be shared in the sanctuary and remotely. To allow for more social distancing an extra service time was added this year. It is important that the church office be either called at (920)894-2402 or emailed to stpetersucckiel@gmail.com to share the names of all who will be attending our Christmas celebrations. This data will be kept for contact tracing if necessary.

Please notify the office by December 20, 2020 of your Christmas Eve selection.

We would love to see you, but please remember this is your personal decision to either join in worship services or watch virtual worship services at home. If you choose to join the worship services in the sanctuary, we will have sanitizer, gloves and masks available. Masks are required for all whenever entering St. Peter’s. Your offering envelopes for next year are here and are ready for you on a table in the lounge, please take them home with you. Stay safe for better times are coming and have a blessed Thanksgiving .

Barb Olm, Consistory President

Reopening St. Peter’s UCC

St. Peter’s UCC will be reopening on November 15, 2020. 
We Recommend:
  • St. Peter’s will hold 7:30am and 9:30am services and provide viewing online.
  • Only the car port entrance will be open for worship services
  • All members upon entering the church and sanctuary, should maintain at least 6’ of space between people (families).
  • All persons entering church must wear a face mask.  If you do not have a mask, we will have some available, but please reuse each Sunday. There will also be gloves and hand sanitizer provided for your use each Sunday.
  • There will be a check list for everyone entering the building to verify their family’s presence each Sunday.  (This is needed if there to a possible outbreak so that all in attendance are notified and checked for COVID 19.)
  • Please put on your name tag when entering church, this will help the ushers find your name on the check list.  And please take them home each week for sanitizing.
  • Plastic was placed over the water foundation for your safety. 
  • Everyone in the sanctuary shall maintain distancing with the help of the ushers.  Please keep empty pews between families.
  • Cushions will be removed from the pews, but if you need one due to back issues… please tell an usher.  
  • All children’s busy bags, books and toys will be boxed and stored. 
  • There will no acolytes at this time, Rev. Ross will light the altar candles.
  • Worshiping will be under a “New Normal” for now. There will be no passing the peace, collection of offerings will be done by placing envelopes into the offering plates staged outside the sanctuary near the courtyard.
  • We will use a no-touch policy.  All hymnals, bibles, envelopes, papers and pencils will be removed from the pews.  
  • If you need to cough or sneeze be sure and cover your mouth with a tissue or cough into your arm.
  • Bulletins if used, shall be kept by each person as they exit the sanctuary, please take them home with you each Sunday.
  • There will be no singing at this time due to the possible spreading of droplets through the air to other members.  The music will be provided in various forms under the direction of the music committee.
  • There will be no communion at this time. Once our safety procedures are all working, we will direct when we can have communion in the future.
  • There will be no shaking of hands as your exit, instead a pleasant greeting of having a “great week” will be given.
  • We will exit from the Back of the Church First, then backing up to the Front of the Church, this will be announced when service is over by Rev. Ross.  This way there is less contact with worshipers sitting near the aisles
  • There will be NO coffee hours.  Please leave the building after service and do not mingle.  If you must talk to someone you may do so outside at your own risk.
  • All chairs in the lounge will be off limits
  • If you bring a coat, please keep it in the pew with you.  We will not be using the coat racks. 
  • High risk individuals (people over 60 and those with underlying conditions). whether staff, those that worship or volunteers, should continue to shelter in place.
  • If you are not feeling well or have symptoms please stay home and seek medical attention and enjoy the virtual service.
  • If you or someone in your family contacts COVID 19, please contact the church office if you have attended worship services or been in St. Peter’s.
  • The building will be cleaned regularly and between services each week.
  • SCRIP is still available for sale during church office hours, or through Tammie Vollrath-Boll.  920-422-8265 texting is best.
  • Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy!
As we work through this process we will be watching and adjusting any safety procedure(s) we need to follow. All updates will be sent through media outlets and via mailings to keep everyone up to date.
If we have an outbreak, we might have to revert back a phase.
Please Stay Safe,
St. Peter's UCC Safely Reopening Committee
St. Peter’s UCC Consistory

Sunday School holding virtual lessons

St. Peter's United Church of Christ will offer virtual lessons each week on its YouTube Channel. They will premiere at 8:15 Sunday mornings - our normal Sunday School time.

Here is the location for all our virtual lessons.
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We are LOVEGod's love. The love of Jesus Christ. The love of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
We aim to project God's loving kingdom to each other in our faith community.
But, we are also CHALLENGED by Christ to extend that love to all.
We are challenged to serve all!

We invite you to become part of the unique and welcoming experience
that is the faith community known as St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

Come to love and be loved. Come to serve.

The Rays of Hope Center

The Rays of Hope Center (ROHC) was officially "christened" in April of 2006 as the newest addition to St. Peter's United Church of Christ ministries. The one-time gas station and video store was purchased by St. Peter's in late 2005 after selling the church's parsonage. In it's naming, St. Peter's members honored their beloved, tenured pastor of 14 years, Ray Coombs. Rev. Coombs ministered faithfully, seeing to it that St. Peter's UCC be the "community's church." Under the care of St. Peter's Consistory and members, the ROHC seeks to sustain that community faithfulness by providing the community space as needed.

Currently the Rays of Hope Center houses the Kiel Area Food Pantry, with room left over for classes, meetings, support groups, and community events.