March 11, 2020
Dear First Pres Family,
I’m sure by now most of you are aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are receiving direct updates from the CDC and will continue to follow their lead and the guidelines issued by other local, state, and federal agencies.
We will continue our cleaning and disinfecting protocols to provide a clean and healthy facility for our guests and members. For now, all ministries of First Pres are operating as usual.
Our facilities are equipped with liquid/foam hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobbies and Fellowship Hall areas. Please make use of these as you are in our building.
The best way to prevent spreading the virus is to follow these CDC recommended hygiene practices:
Please stay home when you are sick (7 days minimum is recommended).
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additionally, you should feel the freedom to politely decline handshakes if that makes you feel more comfortable in our church.
While the full impact of an outbreak cannot be predicted, planning for operations under such conditions can lessen the impact. The health and safety of our congregation remains a top priority. We will keep you updated if any additional precautions become necessary.
Finally, please join us in prayer for those impacted by this virus, for those serving the sick, and for God’s protection and provision. Most importantly, let us remember our true source of protection … “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)