March 13, 2020
Dear Fellow Members of the Flock,
I am writing to you about how Good Shepherd is dealing with the coronavirus threat and what you can do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Your health and well-being is important to me and Pastor Doug.
- If you don’t feel well or have a fever, stay home and seek appropriate medical attention.
- If you are concerned about coming in contact with the coronavirus, stay home. Let us know that you are healthy but are limiting contact with others.
- If you are sick, let us know so that we can pray for you and help you get the services that you need.
- If you are an usher, wash your hands with soap and water before passing out bulletins.
- If you are a greeter, don’t shake hands with arriving people.
- If you are a communion assistant, use hand sanitizer prior to distributing communion wine; be sure to wipe the inside and outside of the common cup and turn it.
- When you take communion, make a wise decision for you about how to receive communion – common cup, individual cup, grape juice, or no wine. All of these choices are theologically sound.
- The Altar Guild will clean the chalices between services and all communion ware with antibacterial dish soap and hot water.
- The Altar Guild will wash the purificators (the cloth that is used to wipe the chalices) with bleach and hot water.
- Don’t hug or shake hands during the passing of the peace. Greet one another with folded hands and a bow and/or with words of peace.
- We will wipe down the pews after each service.
- There are bottles of hand sanitizer in the narthex for your use, if you can’t wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
We will continue to evaluate how to keep worship safe for all who attend. We will also work on how to keep our community together if you and others are not attending Sunday services.
I encourage you all to pray for Good Shepherd and the world at large as we face this crisis together. Here is a prayer from the ELCA:
God, our peace and our strength, we pray for our nation and the world as we face new uncertainties around coronavirus. Protect the most vulnerable among us, especially all who are currently sick or in isolation. Grant wisdom, patience, and clarity to health care workers, especially as their work caring for others puts them at great risk. Guide us as we consider how best to prepare and respond in our families, congregations, workplaces, and communities. Give us courage to face these days not with fear but with compassion, concern, and acts of service, trusting that you abide with us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Donna Duessel, Council President