Our Church is Closed through May 15, 2020
Please know that I am holding you and your loved ones, and our beloved faith community in the light as we continue to “Wild this Wilderness” together. As you have heard, the news continues to provide updates regarding the response to the widespread coronavirus. On Monday, the President recommended people stay home from work and school, that groups no larger than ten should meet together, and that restaurants should serve only carry-out customers. The San Francisco Mayor suggested that everyone “shelter in place,” saying it’s okay to walk your dog—alone or to go on a walk with “one other person” as long as you stay 6 feet apart. This messaging will continue to fill our news feeds and tv screens. While we need to be careful, we should also take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
To maintain our physical health, it is essential to remain vigilant with social distancing and good hygiene practices. While there are no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 within the FPCC community, there have been 2 cases of persons who sought medical attention due to their symptoms and were sent home to self-quarantine. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, a cough, or just general malaise, please call your doctor. While there is no need to panic, we need to be as proactive as possible about slowing down the spread of this virus while maintaining our health and wellness.
Wellness requires the balance of mind, body, and spirit. It is crucial to release the anxiety and stress that our bodies are holding right now. Whether it is taking the time to go on a long walk, or lying down in a quiet place while reading your favorite book, or practicing deep breathing exercises, releasing fear and replacing it with calming practices is vitally important.
While no one can predict the projected timeline for the end of coronavirus as we know it, we do know that it will not be gone by the end of March. At this time, we are planning to keep the building closed to all activities through May 15. Many government leaders are suggesting we make plans for aggressive social-distancing through August, so we will continue to reassess the situation. Please know that while we will not be gathering in person for the foreseeable future, we will make every effort to stay connected as a church family.
May the peace of God be with you,