Corona Virus

As I write this week’s reflections, the worry over the spread of the Corona Virus continues to grow. While this virus does not seem to have the lethality of SARS (2003), H1N1 (2009), MERS (2012), or even the Flu, people are rightfully concerned about it. Any kind of respiratory virus is not something to be taken lightly. Fortunately, prevention for all respiratory viruses are the same. We all need to wash our hands more often and more vigorously; cover our mouths and noses when we cough or sneeze, and stay home if we are sick.
Just today, I learned that the Christ Episcopal Church in Washington, DC has suspended services out of an abundance of caution for the most vulnerable because its lead priest has contracted the Corona Virus. While we are no where near having to take that drastic step, I wanted you to know that we are thinking about ways to reduce the possibility of transmission of such viruses.
  • First, I would like to remind everyone to be washing their hands while at church and using the hand sanitizer dispensers that are throughout the church building.
  • Secondly, I have instructed our cleaning folks to wipe down all the door handles in the building with Lysol twice weekly.
  • Thirdly, I would like us to make a slight temporary adjustment to our passing of the peace on Sunday morning. We will still do so, but I would like to suggest that instead of shaking hands we would bump elbows or do a pat on the back. This will allow us to continue to warmly welcome one another and at the same time lessen the possibility of the transmission of germs.
  • Finally, I am looking into ways that we might make the worship service available by live stream for those who are sick and want to stay home, but do not want to miss the service. There is a lot involved with this, so it may take awhile to make this happen. I will keep you informed.
Throughout all this, let us remember that God is with us, and that ultimately, there is nothing beyond the concern of God. Let us also pray for those who are sick, those who are caring for the ill, and those who are working on vaccines and treatment options.
May you be safe and well!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee