UBC, With the rising concern over the coronavirus, we thought it would be important to reach out to you with communication from your church, both with information and encouragement. First, some information. We want to assure you that we are taking every step to protect the health of our community. Here are some of the ways we are doing this:
- Our facility is receiving extra cleaning attention.
- We are postponing communion until we seem to be past this matter.
- We encourage everyone to monitor your own health and to refrain from church activities if you have symptoms of illness. Also, remember that your personal care and hygiene not only impacts you but also your church community. Please be vigilant as a way to love your neighbors.
- While we are not canceling activities and worship at this time, all church activities are open to the possibility of cancellation.
- We encourage you to greet each other with words, not handshakes or hugs.
To our members with underlying health conditions: if it comes to the point where you feel uncomfortable attending worship, a pastor can come to visit you to share a devotion. Though there’s much about the COVID-19 outbreak over which you have no control, you can choose to embrace the kinds of practices that will keep you and your loved ones safe. The Centers for Disease Control suggests:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
In the midst of a stressful season or situation, many self-care practices are the same ones that prove helpful in everyday living:
- Maintain your normal routines.
- Connect with family and friends.
- Eat well.
- Stay active.
- Get adequate rest.
- Do enjoyable activities.
- Employ coping skills that nurture your spirit, like mindfulness exercises or prayer.
Our hope is to take on this moment with levelheadedness and responsibility. We are here for you. If you need anything, do not hesitate to contact the office. We are praying for you, our community, and the world. Please join us in praying for those infected and for the medical experts working to limit and cure those who are ill. Grace and Peace, Andy Hale