COVID19

Dear Evermore Community Church Family and Friends,

By now, I am sure many of you have heard Governor Mike DeWine’s comments yesterday afternoon limiting gatherings of people to under 100 individuals. He was clear to say that this DOES NOT mandate religious gatherings and churches in order to respect our First Amendment rights, but it was recommended.

 

Course of Faith:

With that said, we must look to the God of the Scriptures in times such as these. We will not respond to this crisis with fear, but with FAITH! Though this situation is unprecedented, God is not shaken or moved by it. Let us call out to Him for protection and healing. Let us also pray for anyone who has been infected by the virus. As we have seen in news reports, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk.  Please be in prayer especially for them. 

 

Course of Action:

At this time, we believe it is a good suggestion from our Governor and will take similar precautions to what the school system has taken. Therefore, we will be broadcasting our Sunday Services this Sunday (3/15) and next (3/22) on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/evermorecc/ and the Evermore website https://www.evermorecc.org/livestream. Please, stay at home and participate by logging in. You can also watch the livestream by downloading the Boxcast App on your Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick. Open the App and scroll to Evermore.

 

Additionally, WE WILL NOT HAVE ANY OF OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS AT THE CHURCH THROUGH MARCH 27th. If your small group would like to continue meeting during this time that is up to your discretion. We will inform you of our plans about the weekend of the 28th and 29th as that date approaches. 

 

On a different note, we have an opportunity to be salt and light during this uncertain time. How can you care for your neighbors during this time? People are undoubtedly going to need childcare so they can work. How can you offer help to them? Many lower income families will have even greater food needs at this time.  How can you give assistance to your neighbors in need? How many of your neighbors don't have a church family like you do to express fear and doubt? This is a great opportunity for you to BE THE CHURCH over the next three weeks. Offer them the Peace that can only come through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Pray with them and share the Scriptures that are bringing you comfort and security. 

 

Scriptures that helped us in our decision-making process:

Mark 12:28-34, Psalm 23, Psalm 46, 1Peter 5:1-11, Phil. 4:4-9, 1 John 4:13-18, Matt. 10:16, Duet. 6:16/Luke 4:9-12, Rom. 13:1-7

 

We will be in touch.

In Christ,

~The Pastors of Evermore

 

Best Practices:

On a practical note, here are the recommendations given by Lake Local Schools, along with additional resources.

Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our schools. The virus may persist on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs so as a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean and disinfect classrooms and common areas. The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu.  To keep your family safe:

·Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  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.

·Stay home when you are sick and do not return to work or school until you have been fever- free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

·Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

·Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, to prevent influenza and possible unnecessary evaluation for COVID-19, all persons over the age of 6 months should receive an annual influenza vaccine; vaccination is still available and effective in helping to prevent influenza.

We will be continuing our partnerships with public health experts and updating you when new relevant information is available.  You may find additional information here:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/Resources-for-the-Public/

Stark County Health Department: https://www.starkcountyohio.gov/public-health/coronavirus-updates?ext=.