Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings to you in Christ's name.
We write this to inform you of some steps that we have taken at Peace in response to the spread of the flu and the coronavirus regarding our worship services.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL: No one over 65, immunocompromised, or families with young children should come to church.
Coronavirus Adjustments at Peace
Changes in Light of a Council Decision on March 22, 2020
What Stays the Same (subject to change):
- Daycare is Currently Open
What is Different per Council Decision (Subject to Change):
- Stopping services of more than 10 at Church immediately and going to Internet based services, using as few volunteers as possible
- Work out a system, in tandem with the Pastors, Elders and employees, to allow Communion to be served to very small groups (10 or less), but done in a manner that puts no employee in danger
- Preventing all visitors from interacting with employees that chose to remain at Church (except Pastors, if the Pastors wish), by having Pastors meet them in the commons or other room, but not inside the office, and requiring the Pastors to sanitize their hands before returning back into the office area
- Allowing employees to work from home as much as possible and being at Church as little as possible
- For the safety of our staff, the Church Office is closed to visitors. Please call (314)892-5610 to speak with a staff member.
- All-other gatherings and meetings at church are on hold until April 3rd, subject to extension.
Facts About This Virus
Why is it worse than the flu?
- The Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a respiratory virus that attaches to a person’s lung tissues. When it attaches, it makes more copies of itself using the body’s own resources. It kills the lung cells, affecting one’s ability to breathe.
- Because it goes to the lungs, it has a reportedly much higher mortality rate, on average, than the flu. But it can be transmitted in the same ways as the flu.
Latest Hygiene Considerations
- Have enough medications to last for two weeks, in case of quarantine.
- Masks: Only wear a mask if you are sick or caring for someone with the virus; the normal masks are really for keeping stuff in, not for keeping things out
- Clean: Frequently clean high-touch surfaces in your home, including laptops and phones
- Wash Hands: Wet hands, lather with soap for 20 seconds, then rinse. Do this often.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you to use.
- Don’t Touch Your Face: Viruses cannot get through your skin but go from hands to mouth, nose, ears, and eyes, where they can get inside.
Remember, through April, our 8:00am worship service is carried live on KFUO 850 AM radio and KFUO.org. Also, our worship services are uploaded to our website. Click HERE for audios of worship services.
If you choose to stay home, your continued financial offerings may be mailed in or dropped by the church at your convenience.
We want to assure you that we are monitoring news concerning the coronavirus and, if warranted, will take additional steps.
If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.
Yours in Christ,
D. A. Kastens and J. C. Furgeson, Pastors
For Synod's response, please visit lcms.org