After discussion with most of the leaders at Lakewood UMC, we have decided to cancel Sunday School and Sunday Worship and Wednesday Night Live. We’ll be suspending any meetings or studies that were scheduled next week. For now, we’ll evaluate this on a week to week basis.
I don’t want you to think that this decision was reached quickly. A lot of prayer and a lot of phone calls brought us to this point.
The praise team will conduct a service on Sunday and record it for later viewing.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The leaders concluded that while we feel it is important to take the situation seriously, we won’t give in to unnecessary fear or anxiety. I encourage you to approach this public health concern in the same way: by educating yourself, keeping up with the latest developments, being extra careful about hygiene and cleanliness, and keeping those affected by the virus in prayer.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
One of the main factors in this decision was the high number of at-risk people enter our sanctuary on any given Sunday. This includes:
· Older adults
· People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
o Heart disease
o Lung disease
Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
· Shortness of breath
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If 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.
We’re being as proactive as possible at all so we can all stay healthy and safe. Here are three resource links to the latest information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus from world, national and state health experts: