Dear Church Family,

 

The COVID-19 virus that has been in the news lately has been the subject of much conversation among church leaders, and here at KSUCC we have also been talking about it. There are many different opinions about how to address people's worries concerning this virus. We thought it would be a good idea to reach out and touch base with you all, too.

 

First, Bob Cotton is making sure that we have plenty of soap, towels, and cleaning supplies in all of our bathrooms so that we can all practice good hygiene. There is hand sanitizer in the narthex and the Martin Room. It's been established that washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid spreading all kinds of germs.

 

Beyond that, it's up to all of us to use common sense:

 

1. If you are sick, even if it's just a cold, don't come to church.

2. If you are immunocompromised in any way, please don't come to church.

3. During worship, we encourage you to share the peace of Christ without touching. You can wave, bump elbows or fists, flash a peace sign, bow, smile, whatever.

4. We are considering ways to change communion to minimize the spread of germs. We'll keep you updated, as we don't have another communion for a few weeks.

5. Jenn Scozzafava will be urging our lasagna dinner volunteers to be extra vigilant about washing their hands and observing strict hygiene while serving the dinner. We'll also have hand sanitizer available in the kitchen and at the door. As you know, most of our customers at the lasagna dinners are elderly so this is very important.

 

Paul addressed the basic precautions surrounding this virus in his sermon on Sunday, which is available on Facebook if you missed it, or in a link in this week's Weekly Word. He'll probably talk more about it this week.

 

There are also valuable resources available online:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/

https://www.danbury-ct.gov/government/departments/health-and-human-services/

https://www.sneucc.org/newsdetail/13421907

 

Most important, if you have questions, feel free to reach out to either of us.

 

Love and good health to you all,

 

Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith, pastor

Liz Knapp, moderator