How St. Matthew’s Is Responding to the Coronavirus

1. Our sexton is carefully cleaning all doorknobs and handles, lavatory fixtures, and surfaces often and has left Lysol spray bottle around the building for those who want to spray again.

2. We urge those with a fever or a cough to stay home from church activities until well.

3. We urge you to wash your hands often (pray the Lord’s Prayer twice while washing with soap and water) and avoid touching your face.

4. For the time being, exchange the Peace of the Lord without physical contact.

5. If you are not well or you have concerns about the chalice (intinction or common cup), receive the sacrament in only one kind. Once you receive the Host, consume and return to your seat.

6. Remember the elderly and those with preexisting conditions are the most vulnerable.

St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 44 years and in May 2020 celebrated the 39th anniversary of his ordination to the holy ministry. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity ( In 2004, Pr. Zumwalt moved with his family to Wilmington from Texas, where he served for 23 years as pastor of small, midsize, and large congregations.