In order to protect the public from the COVID-19 outbreak, we are canceling our Sunday morning church service this week, Sunday, March 15. With two cases identified at the Lebanon Veteran’s Home, we know the virus is present in Lebanon. We want to reflect the Gospel by loving our community and minimizing the risk of spreading infection.
The Lord lovingly cares for each of us, and we are called to love one another (John 15:12). Your spiritual, emotional, mental, relational, and physical health are all important to your church family. We are taught to “give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). The Lord is our protector (Psalm 91:4).
I’d like to encourage all of us to continue protect ourselves, each other, and especially the most vulnerable among us from the spread of germs in this cold and flu season. The Bible teaches us to be practical and take advantage of the medical wisdom available to us. Here are some practical precautions that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. This is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses. Use alcohol-based hand gel when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Practice good respiratory etiquette. Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or in the bend of your elbow, and stay at least six feet away from others who are coughing and sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell, and seek medical care if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Make sure you have a working thermometer. A temperature may be an indicator that your body is fighting off a virus or infection.
Pray for those who are currently sick to be healed, and pray for the miracle of the complete eradication of this sickness.
Lots of Love,
CDC Coronavirus FAQ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
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