Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Over the past weeks, we have experienced increased concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the significant health issues associated with it. Today we have official confirmation of the first two documented cases in Southeast Michigan.
This leads us to the great Lutheran question: What does this mean?
First, everyone is asked to do basic things like washing hands frequently, covering coughs appropriately, and staying home if unwell.
Second, please be aware the best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 are to employ some common-sense precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
What does this mean for our life together?
Beginning this Sunday, March 15, we will share The Peace with a greeting that does not include physical contact. Additionally, Pastor Walters and the Deacon will no longer greet people at the door of the church following worship.
At this time there are no plans for cancel events or activities, however, please know we are attentive to the rapidly changing realities. We will be seeking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of Michigan Health Department, the Oakland County Health Department, and medical professionals within our congregation.
If you do choose to stay home please know the sermon is generally available on the church website the following Monday. ( https://lutheranchurchtroy.org/sermon/ )
Remember gifts to the church may also be given electronically by following this link.
Finally, we ask that prayers continue for those who have contracted Coronavirus, those who are ministering to the ill, those in the medical field, those working on a cure, and those working on prevention.
Together we face this challenge faithfully and courageously, knowing we are beloved children of God. We place our trust in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor Paul Walters