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A message from Lee Church regarding COVID-19

posted Mar 13, 2020, 7:21 AM by Lee Church

Greetings dear ones.  In this time of trial and tribulation, anxiety and worry, we wanted to reach out and keep you up to date as to our response as an organization and a community of faith to the novel Coronavirus and the disease known as COVID-19.  It is a frequent topic of conversation and discussion these days, and on all our minds.

We have been informed that a church attendee from last Sunday, March 8, 2020, has been advised by their employer that all of their employees are to work from home as two of the organization’s employees attended a conference where one person tested positive for COVID-19.  As a precaution, the organization (which is in Massachusetts) took the precaution of having all its employees work from home at this time.   Neither the two employees who attended the conference nor the person who attended our service have indicated any symptoms, but the organization is following protocols recommended by the CDC and others.  

Here at Lee Church, we are constantly monitoring changes and updates and instituting protocols and procedures as we need them.  First, we have increased our cleaning and disinfecting efforts and will continue that as we go forward.  Second, we are keeping abreast several times a day of changing conditions, guidelines and resources, and will continue to do so.  Third, we are all practicing our own personal health and hygiene guidelines. 

One of the best links to personal steps that each of us can take is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the several pieces of good information are these simple precautions:  First, stay home if you are sick, for your sake and for the sake of others.  Even a mild cold can be contagious and can have more severe impacts on those from vulnerable populations and/or compromised immune systems.  Second, wash your hands, at least for twenty seconds with soap and water, as often as you can and more often than that.  This is the preferred method of sanitizing, and more effective than hand sanitizer.  When washing of your hands is not readily available, use hand sanitizer, and as a supplement for washing your hands.   Third, use social distancing and avoid large gatherings, non-essential functions/meetings and do as much electronically and digitally as you can.  

We are looking at the modifications and steps we need to take within the church to keep our community safe and be responsible and caring stewards of our health and well-being.  We have cancelled the Corned Beef Supper for this Saturday night, we will not do the morning greeting at the opening of worship, have cancelled coffee hours and we are looking at other temporary changes that we will discuss at the Governing Board this Monday evening. Of course, if things change more before then, we will address the issues presented by these changes.  We will always err on the side of caution and the care and well-being of our community members and wider community, while being mindful and thoughtful not to over-react or create even more worry, anxiety and concern.  This is a journey, and we are on it together.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss these issues further, offer any ideas, express concerns, and let us know how you and others are doing.  We are exploring ways to be even more creative electronically and expand and enhance ways we can keep in contact and in touch.  Each of you matter, each of you are a valuable part of our whole community, and we love you.  Even in what may feel like isolation and despair, you are never alone, and we are always here for you.  God is great, all the time, and all the time God is great, and the ways that we express kindness, compassion and love for each other illuminates that greatness.  God bless you all, and peace be always with you.

Kim Memmesheimer, Chair of the Governing Board

Larry Brickner-Wood, Interim Pastor