Thursday, March 5, 2020

Church, Coronavirus, and You!

Hi, Friends-With the recent news filled with information about the Coronavirus, we wanted to let you know some important things you can do to keep yourself healthy and what the church recommends you do to keep others healthy while at church. 

If you are not feeling well, stay home!  Yes, you might not get the chance to see your brothers and sisters in Christ, but it is better that you take the time to let your body heal from whatever is making you not feel well.  And remember, do not hesitate to call your doctor or go to the walk in clinic if necessary.  We want you taking care of yourself!  This is an important recommendation even if the Coronavirus wasn't out there!

You don't have to shake hands during Passing of the Peace.  If you have concerns about picking something up, feel free to just cross your arms across your chest, do an elbow bump, or some other way to share Christ's peace.  If someone else doesn't want to shake hands or hug, respect their wishes and space.

There is hand sanitize in the back of the sanctuary.  Feel free to get up anytime during the service to use it.  

Even though our current way of doing communion is one of the most hygienic,  we are reviewing to see if there are ways that we can make it even less likely someone will spread a bug.

Also, if you didn't get a chance to read it, Robin wrote a great article on the Coronavirus in the most recent newsletter.  Here is the link-http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

Last, but not least, don't be afraid!  We haven't counted it ourselves, but we have heard that "Fear not!" and "Don't be afraid!" are in the Bible 365 times.  One for everyday of the year!  Assess your current situation and use common sense. If you are feeling well, come to church and other church events!  If not, stay home and contact your health provider if necessary.

Blessings,
Pastors Keith and Laura, Parish Nurse Robin 

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