CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE – Updated March 14, 2020 10:45 AM
With a Coronavirus case confirmed in LaPorte County, State Street Community Church will not be meeting in-person tomorrow. Instead, we will have only one service tomorrow at 9 AM, and it will only be in our online gathering (Facebook, YouTube, Periscope.) We hope you can join us then.
We will meet online for the next 2-3 weeks and reassess the most responsible course of action in the future. Further instructions will come early next week about how you can continue to engage our faith community during the weeks ahead.
What can you do now?
- Download the Facebook, YouTube, or Periscope app on your Smart TV (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.) Find and like "State Street Community Church."
- Join us online tomorrow at 9 AM.
- Consider setting up online giving. Every donation helps.
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE – Updated March 13, 2020 1:00 PM
At State Street Community Church we take the health and well-being of our congregation, staff and community very seriously. We are monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical professionals, and our local Coronavirus Task Force in LaPorte County. In addition to ongoing efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment, we have temporarily implemented the following precautionary measures. We have plans in place for additional actions if necessitated by the severity of the outbreak.
- If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending church services during the 14-day incubation period and instead worship with us online.
- If at any time you are not comfortable attending worship, please join us online.
- Follow the guidelines from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the virus. (General guidelines listed at the end of this document.)
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Our staff and volunteers are committed to maintaining a healthy environment and will wash their hands frequently.
- Staff who are sick or may have been exposed to the virus will stay home for the recommended quarantine period.
- We have hand sanitation stations throughout our buildings, and we have additional hand sanitizing supplies on order. As we await delivery, you may want to carry your own hand sanitizer so you can use it as often as you wish.
- When greeting one another, we encourage you to smile, wave or bump elbows. Our staff and volunteers will still greet you warmly, just not shake your hand.
GROUPS AND CLASSES
- We are delaying non-Sunday, church-wide functions like Discussion Over Dinner until April or May. We will continually update our people on when those events will continue.
- If coronavirus continues to spread in our local community, we will follow the guidance of the health department and CDC. If they believe it’s best to cancel services on Sunday morning, we will move to an all-online Sunday morning gathering.
- As a regular practice in our KID’S STREET classes and nursery, we disinfect all surfaces and toys and encourage frequent hand washing, however keeping your child home if they are symptomatic is the best way to prevent the spread of illness.
YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
HOW CAN YOU HELP STATE STREET?
Pray for those in our community who will undoubtedly become ill during this outbreak. Pray for those who are sick and those who will take care of the sick. Pray that this pandemic comes to an end soon. Most importantly, pray that we can be a blessing to those in need during this season of disorientation.
If you cannot be with us in-person or if we end up having to take time away from gathering together, please watch our services online. We stream through Facebook Live, Periscope, and YouTube (we encourage you to like/subscribe to them.) Apps for those services are available on mobile devices, but also the Roku, Fire Stick, and Apple TV.
We know that this outbreak will have an impact on those that are hurting most in LaPorte County. Your donations to State Street help continue the work at the Pax Center. Every dollar counts. If you can use this time to set up online and/or recurring donations, it would be beneficial. Go here to donate online.