03.13.20 – Westminster and COVID-19

March 13, 2020
Westminster and COVID-19

We continue to monitor all COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC – (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) our government leaders and our local schools, as COVID-19 is changing how we interact as a community.

At this time, Westminster will not miss worship! We will continue to hold Sunday morning services. You will see some changes, but they are all for the safety of our church family.
Please hold Westminster and our greater community in prayer as we all navigate these changes on behalf of our most vulnerable neighbors and loved ones.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. So with that in mind, please remember to follow these guidelines as an act of love and service to those around you:

-If you are feeling ill, or if anyone in your family is ill, please abstain from attending any Westminster programs.

-If you are a member of an at-risk demographic for COVID-19, please err on the side of caution in choosing which public gatherings you attend, including Westminster-sponsored programming.

– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash. You will find extra boxes of tissue in the Sanctuary, Narthex, Parlor and Choir Room for a quick grab.

– Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Westminster has been taking extra precautions by placing hand-sanitizer and wipes in the Narthex for your convenience.

– An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure. During these troubled times of global COVID-19 pandemic, we all must exercise increased vigilance in our personal and corporate sanitation and hygiene. Although there a no guarantees, we can only do our best to mitigate the spread of this virus. Accordingly, your Westminster Presbyterian Buildings & Properties team is employing extraordinary measures to ensure your health safety while on campus.

Several times per day we are wiping every common surface to include restroom toilets, faucets & handles, door handles, stair railings, and kitchen faucets and surfaces.

The products we are using to disinfect and clean these common areas include:

Re-Fresh: A disinfectant, cleaner and deodorant and is virucidal. Re-Fresh is used in the restroom and kitchen areas.
Tazco: A toilet disinfectant and cleaner. Tazco’s primary ingredient is hydrochloric acid which
kills bacteria and viruses.
Glybet II “For Healthcare Use”: A very strong bactericidal, staphylocidal, tuberculocidal,
fungicidal, pseudmonicidal and virucidal. Glybet II is effective against MRSA, Polio (Type 1 & 2 viruses), HIV virus, TB, Herpes Simplex (Types 1 & 2), VRE, and H1NI. Glybet II is used on all door handles and railings.
Hand Soap: The blue hand soap in all soap dispensers is an antibacterial foam cleanser.

– Communion will still be observed. We will use the all-in-one pre-sealed communion cups.

-Practice social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or hugging, while maintaining six feet of social space. Pass the peace by smiling and waving, or folding your hands over your heart and then opening them palms out and down.

– Westminster will not be passing the offering plate. You will find the offering plate in the Narthex.

Alternatively, online-giving is a great option that eliminates contact.

If you have signed up for Realm or have downloaded the Realm app to your phone, you may give your offering through it. If you do not have Realm, you may visit the website (westminsterpeoria.org) and give it online. Please keep your pledges and donations coming as the bills haven’t been affected.

Please look for future e-News Flashes and the Westminster website for ongoing Westminster news related to COVID-19. (Website will be active soon. An e-News Flash (NF) will be sent when it is live.)
We continue to look to God, our help and our healer, in the midst of all that is happening so quickly around us. May the love and peace of Christ surround us all at this time.

In the coming weeks, give each other phone calls and reach out especially to those you know who don’t have online access to communication. Connect with one another and our family ties will remain strong. Sharing this experience with each other will be a help and by working together, we can be a positive force in helping people stay healthy!

Yours in Christ
Westminster Presbyterian Church