How Can I Help During the Pandemic?
During time of disaster and turmoil the Christian desires to respond and care for their neighbor.
Below are some suggestions of ways you can help.Food Security:
Medical Professionals:High Risk Populations:
- Donate food to a food pantry. These are two excellent resources that we have partnered with in the past.
- DePere Christian Outreach (506 Butler Street De Pere, WI – 54115)
- Paul’s Pantry (1529 Leo Frigo Way, Green Bay, WI – 54302)
- If you know of someone who is at high risk, CALL FIRST, and ask if there is an errand that you can run for them.
- Bring them groceries, if it is possible, so that they can stay home.
Follow the Guidelines:
- The Red Cross is facing a critical shortage in the nation’s blood supply as many drives have been cancelled. If you meet their qualifications, go and donate blood.
- Know the guidelines put in place by the Governor. The best way to help your neighbor is to keep your distance to keep them (and you) safe from the spread of illness.
Response Guidelines to COVID-19
First Steps (Good practice for preventing the spread of any illness):
Increased Concern or Awareness (Localized cases have been confirmed and the CDC or local health department begins to issue warnings and guidelines):
- All members are encouraged to wash hands frequently before and while attending service
- If you are sick/contagious, please be courteous of your neighbor and avoid contact that might spread illness to them.
- If you are unable to attend services, remember that you are able to watch via our livestream at flcgb.com
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose without washing your hands before and after contact.
- If they are sick/contagious, Pastor and Vicar avoid making shut-in calls unless it is an emergency and the family is notified of the illness in advance.
If schools and other education centers are ordered to close, we will also suspend educational activities.
Highest Level of Precaution (An outbreak has been confirmed and there are large segments of the community sick or under quarantine):
- Fellowship activities will be cancelled.
- Staff members who are feeling ill will be encouraged to work from home, if possible.
- If a non-called staff member is quarantined, they will continue to receive pay in order to support them and their family during their time of need.
- Door handles and other surfaces will be wiped down between services.
- Full services will be printed in the bulletin and enough bulletins will be printed that they will not be recycled from service to service.
- Individual cups will be spread out in the distribution trays to minimize contact with other cups. The elders (who have washed their hands prior to distribution) will refill trays as necessary.
- The offering will no longer be taken via the passing of the plate, it will be collected after service.
Recommendations of health officials will be followed that do not come into conflict with our public confession of faith.
- Services will still be held with livestream being utilized for those unable to attend.
- Pastor will make reasonable attempts to visit those whose life is in danger due to the illness while taking precautions to balance pastoral care and protecting others from illness.
- Funerals will still be held for those who are members, but no meals will be provided at the conclusion of the service.
- All non-worship service activities of the church will be cancelled, but we will strive for the service schedule to continue uninterrupted.
Every year during cold and flu season, questions are asked about the spread of illness through the distribution of communion. Those engaged in distribution either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to distribution. The practice of communion distribution has been studied and the CDC reports that there has never been a reported case of an outbreak of illness due to the distribution of communion. Furthermore, the use of the common cup and that those who receive communion from the common cup, even daily, show no greater incidence of illness than those who do not. In fact, because of how communion is distributed from the common cup, the risk of illness is so low, it is listed as almost undetectable (it cannot be identified as zero risk because there is still a theoretical chance of infection). For the sake of your neighbor, if you are ill, it is advisable to not receive from the common cup so as to not burden their minds with concerns over what might be ailing you.