What are we doing about coronavirus?

Due to the rising concerns surrounding COVID-19 (referred to as "Coronavirus"), we feel it important to be proactive as a church to let you know what we are doing and how you can help maintain a healthy environment for our congregation. Because many in our congregation may be at risk for becoming seriously ill from the virus, it is highly important to strengthen our commitment to a healthy church home for those in and surrounding our congregation.


Sunday Services:

- We are having our first in-building service on June 21st at 9:30 AM! Please follow our safety guidelines so you and those we love can stay healthy.

Canceled/Postponed/Updated Events:

- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - Postponed until further notice.

- The Gathering - Postponed until further notice.

- Coffee & Chocolate Women's Meeting - Postponed until further notice.

- Bible Study for Elkhart Council on Aging - Postponed for 4 weeks.

- Annual Church Business Meeting - Postponed until further notice.


Here are some measures we are asking everyone to participate in as a church:

1. Change our normal form of contact and greeting from "Shaking hands and hugging necks" to "Wave and elbow bump"

Though we have always been a church that greets one another with closeness, we know we can still be close with one another without being physically close. We also encourage people to ask permission before establishing any close form of physical contact such as a hug. We will also be refraining from asking people to hold hands during prayer.

2. Altar and Prayer

We will also ensure anyone praying for you at the altar has thoroughly washed and sanitized their hands before praying for someone. They will also ask permission before laying hands on someone and only touch their shoulder.

3. Encourage wisdom in staying home

We livestream our service on Facebook and Youtube every single week. If you or your children aren't feeling well with flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to stay home and attend our live service. In the case that someone does need to self-isolate or you need to do so with your children, please let a pastor know so we can connect with you and support you. We want everyone to feel loved, well and keep each other safe during this time.

4. Make sure you are washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitizer

We ask that everyone make sure they are washing their hands after using the restroom, before and after handling food, touching surfaces that many others may touch (i.e. light switches, door handles, handrails, armadillos, duckbilled platypus, etc.), and as often as you can. We also highly encourage the use of hand sanitizer, especially after washing your hands. Contrary to popular belief, washing your hands only breaks down bacteria & virus' protective barriers while hand sanitizer actually kills them. This will help stop the spread of any virus or bacteria, whether it is the Coronavirus, the flu, or any illness, from you to others and vice versa.

We are monitoring the situation closely and are watching government mandates to make sure everyone is safe. If you are sick or have a compromised immune-system, we encourage you to stay home and join us online.