March 11, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Peoples Church,
As the spread of and response to the coronavirus develops, we are writing to let you know what we are doing at The Peoples Church to protect you.
- At the Peoples Church, our first priority is to make sure Sunday worship is conducted in a safe and healthy manner. As of right now, all our church events and activities will continue as planned. However, this an ever-evolving situation and we will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and state and local health departments. If there are any changes to our programs or worship services, we will notify the congregation via email, Facebook, and our website.
- We are doing all we can to provide a clean and safe environment. We are disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched multiple times a day. This includes doorknobs, hand rails, light switches, and elevator buttons. All our cleaning products meet or exceed the CDC recommendations for sanitizing. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building and our staff and volunteers will be asked to wash and/or sanitize their hands regularly.
- We normally serve communion on the first Sunday of the month at the 10:30 service; however, for April 5 (Palm Sunday) we will not serve communion. We will serve communion on Maundy Thursday (April 9) using carefully reviewed hygienic practices.
- At the 8:30 service, communion will continue to take place but without use of the common cup. In addition, we will use wafers rather than bread for the host.
- At Passing of the Peace, we will continue our practice of greeting without touching, i.e. using the peace sign, bumping elbows, or placing hands over hearts.
- We love when you are with us for worship, meetings, rehearsals, and other events, but if you are not feeling well or suspect you are getting sick, please stay home. You can listen to sermons on-line and donate to the church though the church website.
- In order to stay informed, we ask that you notify the church if you learn you have come into contact with the coronavirus.
- The key word here is prevention. That is the direction we are receiving from public health officials and the national settings of our four denominations. Other churches in our community are taking similar measures. Should you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us or one of the Elders.
- Items for you to consider:
- Wash your hands frequently—with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand. Wash immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes
- Regularly disinfect surfaces frequently touched including keyboards, desktops, elevator buttons and doorknobs.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick and stay home if you are sick.
If you have any questions or need assistance during this time, please contact us at church. We lift up and pray for all those who are ill, asking God to grant us healing, peace and compassion. Most of all, we remind ourselves that we worship a God of mercy who cares for all people.
We wish you all God's powerful presence and peace,
Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Rev. Drew Filkins
Senior Pastor Associate Pastor