As many of you may already know, the on-going health situation, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), has been unfolding across the world. Amidst all of the fear and anxiety surrounding this situation, we believe that we, the Church, are called by God to be beacons of light to the world, and especially in our city. We believe that we can live from a spirit of confidence and faith in our good Father, rather than a place of fear.
FOR GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND.
2 TIMOTHY 1:7
That being said, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Oregon, and in light of such events, Sisters Community Church (SCC) is increasing precautions to ensure the health of our church family. If you or an immediate family member has shown signs of sickness, we ask you not to attend any SCC event until those symptoms are completely gone.
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19)
Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
Additionally, the following people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.
- Older adults
- People who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease
- People with already compromised immune systems
It is important to note that people of any race, gender, and age can contract and transmit this virus. As the Church, we reject discrimination of any single demographic or people group and encourage love, kindness, and peace for all.
WHAT WE ARE DOING AT
SISTERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Here are the ways we are proactively taking
action to decrease the spread of illness and increase a sense of peace for
everyone who comes to our church.
- All surfaces are sanitized regularly during the week
- Hand sanitizer and kleenex are provided in all rooms where events occur
- Chairs and tables are spaced 6 feet apart to help maintain social distancing
- State regulations and guidelines are followed
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Here are some practical ways you can partner
with us as we navigate this situation and to help keep SCC a safe space
for children and adults.
First and foremost, we ask you to join with the SCC staff and elders in praying for health and protection over this community, our city, and beyond. Pray against a spirit of fear for the sick and scared. Pray for public officials, doctors, nurses, and researchers, as they learn more about this virus. Pray for our SCC leaders as we navigate this situation.
There are some simple, every day, low-tech steps you can take to reduce your chances of exposure and help protect others. They're the same things we do to prevent the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses.
- Use wisdom in deciding if you are well enough to come to an event. Please stay home if you're sick or have symptoms.
- Wear a mask when in public and at church events.
- Practice social distancing of 6ft or more.
- Avoid touching others in greeting, such as giving hugs and handshakes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands right away.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you are in need of assistance with food, meal delivery, running errands, or light tasks, please let us know here at Sisters Community Church. We are working to coordinate our efforts and link needs in our community with volunteers in our congregation. If you would like to volunteer, or if you need assistance, please call Wendy at 541-389-6859. She will return your calls as quickly as possible. CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND UPDATES
Join Local Efforts:
- Facebook Group: Pandemic Partners-Sisters
- Check on your neighbors. Use this helpful NEIGHBOR POSTCARD to let them know you are available to help.
If you need more information about health issues and how to prevent infection, please visit these websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Deschutes County Public Health Department
- Call the County help line: 541-699-5109
FOR I AM CONVINCED THAT NEITHER DEATH NOR LIFE, NEITHER ANGELS NOR DEMONS, NEITHER THE PRESENT NOR THE FUTURE, NOR ANY POWERS, NEITHER HEIGHT NOR DEPTH, NOR ANYTHING ELSE IN ALL CREATION, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.
ROMANS 8:38 – 39
As the world around us continues to fear the unknown, may we, as citizens of heaven, stand firm upon the confidence we have in Jesus, our eternal hope. May we continue to provide hope, peace, patience, love, and care to the people around us, and hold close the words of Jesus himself:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25 – 27
Revised from https://westsideajc.org/coronavirus