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Coronavirus Response and Action Plan

 March 16th, 2020

 

Dear Westminster Family,

 

Our response to the global pandemic declared by the World Health Organization is to follow their guidelines.  Those guidelines are shifting almost daily.  Currently, we are taking the following actions:

1)    We will not gather for worship, rehearsals, bible study, education, or any other activities until the public health officials declare it safe to do so.

2)    A phone tree system has been instituted to help connect the congregation.

3)    The staff of the church are being encouraged to work from home.  Not all work can be done from home but working to do as much as we can to protect the church employees.

4)    All staff including hourly employees will be paid as usual.

5)    We are in conversation with our organizers from Partners for Sacred Places and will continue this work remotely until the situation changes.

6)    We will investigate ways to provide worship experiences during this time through the use of YouTube and Facebook Live as well as providing print material for those who do not have access to the internet.

7)    We are looking for resources for our families with younger children to help during this time.

8)    We will be looking for ways to build community through the use of Zoom and other phone conferences.

9)    We want to encourage one another to make a concerted effort to reach out to other members through the phone as well as support those who may have specific needs during this time.

10) We encourage people to continue to give during this time.  You can use our online giving through the website, mail in your checks, or send checks directly from your bank.

11)  If you have ideas or thoughts of how we can be church together from a distance during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out.

12) And finally, we will be talking about what to do when this crisis is over, and we begin to resume our activities.

The Secretary General of the World Health Organization, said this week, “Today’s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere. It’s also a call for responsibility and solidarity – as nations united and as people united. As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral … Let’s overcome this common threat together.”  We are all trying to do our part.  Let us act in faith and not fear and continue to stay as connected as possible.

 

Peace and Grace, 

 

Mark 

Pastor - Westminster Presbyterian Church 

"...a glimpse of God's love on the Delmar Divide..."

 

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