Coronavirus and our Congregation
As you are probably aware, the coronavirus, COVID-19 has made its way to the US, and many are wondering how we can keep ourselves and one another safe and healthy through this season.
There is currently no advice for people in our area to avoid public gatherings like religious services, assuming they are healthy. However, it’s still important that we approach this situation in an educated and cautious way. With that in mind, here are our suggestions for everyone:
- For the time being, we are recommending that we all avoid handshakes and hugs during our time of fellowship. Please continue to enthusiastically greet your fellow congregants with an alternative like an “elbow bump.” Our Worship Leaders will mention this during service.
- If you feel ill, please stay home. It’s our responsibility to protect those among our congregation who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of COVID-19 begin like a cold or flu. Play it safe if you feel under the weather, and remember that you can always reach out to our ministers via email, and that our Sunday message podcast will be available on Tuesday. Parents, if your children feel ill, please keep them home.
- Make thorough hand-washing a habit, both at Sunday services and in your everyday life. The recommendation is to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into the crook of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
We thank you in advance for this abundance of caution. By being proactive, we are caring for one another in a very real way.