COVID-19—HOW IT AFFECTS LIVING WORD CHURCH & YOU!
This is Pastor.
In response to what has been named a coronavirus pandemic, and to comply with the restrictions and precautions imposed by our government, I want you to know the following information that affects our Sunday morning church services, our enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, and some social distancing behaviors we will do our best to follow.
First of all, Jesus is Lord, and we believe in healing and that the Lord is going to take care of us. You should have no fear about coming to church. In fact, you should have no fear period. At this time, there have been no reports of this virus in Midland County or any neighboring county, and our actions are precautionary.
We plan to come to the house of God to worship our God and present the holy tithe to “reverse the curse” and spend time at the altars. Speaking as your spiritual leader, I view this as important as any other precaution we can take.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
COMMUNICATIONS & UPDATES
You will receive communications and updates from several sources:
- One Call Messages
In order to properly communicate all pertinent details, we will primarily be sending voice messages via phone call even if your preferred delivery method is text message. Be sure to answer phone calls coming from our office phone number, 989-832-7547, or leave room in your voicemail box for these messages!
- E-mail Messages
If you would prefer receiving emails at a different e-mail address, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Text / iMessage Updates
Please make sure we have your preferred phone number for this purpose.
- Updated hard-copy notices will be posted to the front doors of our sanctuary.
- You will be able to access updates on the Web (more information coming soon).
- YOU can assist in our communications by communicating within your own family, anyone in your department, visitors, church friends, etc.
- Gary & Susan Smith can assist you with questions about services, activities and events, prayer times, departmental questions, etc.
CHURCH SERVICES / EVENTS / ACTIVITIES
We will continue to hold church services!
Sunday Mornings @ 9 AM & 11 AM
Sunday Evenings @ 6 PM (pre-service prayer @ 5:15 PM)
- Effective this Sunday, March 15 (until further notice or the < 250 ban is lifted).
- NO pre-service prayer for Sunday AM services until further notice.
- You may choose which service you attend.
- Because our goal is to keep the count below 250, please do not attend both services on Sunday morning unless you are asked to do so (such as our security teams).
Thursdays @ 7 PM (pre-service prayer @ 6:15 PM)
We will continue to hold all practices, meetings, activities & events unless otherwise notified.
To help us properly plan for conducting two Sunday morning services over the next few weeks, would you please fill out this one question survey?
Which Sunday morning service will you be attending? 9:00, 11:00, or neither?
WHAT ABOUT STREAMING?
You can count on us to stream each service live on our streaming page, live.marktbarclay.com.
EDUCATIONAL WING / NURSERIES / CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES / YOUTH
We will be conducting children’s ministry for nursery through grade 5 as normal. Beginning several years ago, we made a habit of providing hand sanitizer to every child and adult as they enter our classrooms. This will continue. Additionally, we will continue the following good hygiene and cleaning practices already in place:
- Cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, toys, chairs, etc. between services.
- Ensuring children wash hands after using the restroom, or coughing/sneezing on their hands.
- Guiding children to limit close contact, avoiding handshakes, high-fives, and hugs.
- Watching during snack time to make sure children do not share food or beverages with one another.
TITHES / OFFERINGS / GIVING
As always, we encourage you to bring your tithe and offerings with you to the house of God. However, in cases like this where you may not be physically present, there are a few ways you can ensure your tithe and offerings are transferred.
- Checks and cash can be brought to the office or mailed.
- You can give by e-check or credit/debit card. Text LWCGIVE to 77977 to get started.
- You can use the Donate tab while streaming.
WHAT YOU CAN DO PERSONALLY
Recommendations for Social Interaction
First, if you have symptoms, are sick, or do not feel well, stay home. If you are out in public places, including church, follow these guidelines to reduce your chances spreading or contracting anything.
- Rather than handshakes and hugs, you can wave, or bump fists or elbows.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places—elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Keep a safe distance from each other while communicating.
- If you have any of the symptoms, please skip a service or two so we don’t risk exposure to our nurseries, children’s classes, or adult congregation.
- We have provided extra hand sanitizer at each entry door, in front of classrooms, and in the foyers. Please use them excessively when at church.
Following is a report from Dr. Don & Mary Colbert (received from Stanford) with some good information about symptoms and things you can personally do to increase your safety.
From a member of the Stanford hospital board. This is their feedback for now on the Coronavirus:
- If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
- Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
- This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26-27 degrees. It hates the sun.
- If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
- If it drops on a metal surface, it will live for at least 12 hours, so if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
- On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
- Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
- Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes. But a lot can happen during that time. You can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly, and so on.
- You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
- Can’t emphasize enough—drink plenty of water!
- It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3-4 days.
- The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5-6 days further.
- With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
- The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases:
Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry.
Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous.
The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. (Fibrosis is not reversible.) Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, which basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.
Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care, everyone, and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.