Coronavirus Preparation and Prevention
As infections from the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread across the country, including here in Iowa, we must turn our attention to preparation and prevention. We must protect ourselves and the most vulnerable among us (people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health issues).
Here at Peoples Church we have already increased our attention to regularly disinfecting the building, paying special attention to doorknobs and other frequently touched areas, the nursery, and the Faith Formation wing; we have placed hand sanitizers around the building so they may be easily used; and now we are asking each of you to do your part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- STAY HOME if you are sick.
- STAY HOME if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (even if you don’t have symptoms).
- STAY HOME if you are in a high-risk category and feel that would be best for you.
- Wash your hands frequently (scrubbing for at least 20 seconds each time); if not possible to wash hands, use hand sanitizer.
- Greet others in non-physical or low-contact ways, such as an elbow-touch or simple wave.
Moving forward, we may need to alter the way we worship to minimize the possibility of spreading the virus. No printed order of service, no hymnals, offering stations instead of passing the plate, and no coffee hour, or at least no food during coffee hour, are some possibilities.
If health authorities ask Iowans to avoid large gatherings entirely, we may need to move our worship and meetings online. If that happens, we will livestream Sunday morning worship either on Facebook live, YouTube, or Zoom and we will ask all meetings to take place online or over the phone. The staff each have a laptop and are ready and able to work from home should that become necessary.
If you are feeling anxious about all of this – you are not alone. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for support.
Finally, if you are having trouble stocking up on food and medical supplies or paying for medical care, or if staying home from work becomes a financial emergency, please contact me. That’s what the Minister’s Discretionary Fund is for!