Coronavirus Update Blog

Continuing Updates from UDLC about the Coronavirus Outbreak

UDLC Coronavirus Response, March 10th

Dear UDLC Members and Friends,
 
As you know, the Coronavirus is of growing concern not only nationally, but in our local area. Our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our members and the community we serve. Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking the following precautionary steps to help protect everyone’s health, safety, and well-being. Please be aware that this is a fluid situation, and these steps are subject to change based on new information. We will notify you right away should any changes become necessary.


Sundays
We will worship at our regular times at 7:45, 9:00, and 10:30 with the following adjustments, which are designed to limit hand-to-hand contact while enabling us to gather as a community:
 
  • Sharing of the Peace will be done with elbow bumps, peace signs, or reverential bows
  • We will not pass the plate at The Offering. It will be collected by the ushers at the rear of the sanctuary at the end of the service
  • We will only serve bread for Holy Communion, not wine or juice. Theologically speaking, only the bread is necessary for Communion to be effective as a sacrament.
  • We will not serve food or coffee during fellowship time after the services. It will be BYOC, bring-your-own-coffee!
  • We will live-stream our worship, so you can watch from home. We will provide additional spiritual resources online for you during this season of Lent
 
Sunday School
  • We are currently reaching out to our families and teachers regarding Sunday School
  • It has been our policy that our Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School preschool follows the Upper Dublin School District schedule when it comes to school closings. That will continue to be our policy. If or when Upper Dublin Schools close because of the Coronavirus, the Nursery School will close and Sunday School will be canceled.
  • As of the sending of this email, Upper Dublin Schools are open, so Sunday School is open for Sunday, March 15. If Upper Dublin Schools decide to close, we will inform everyone as soon as possible.
Adult Forum
  • Adult Forum is canceled for the next two weeks. Attendees of the Forum are not all seniors, but many are, and we think this represents an additional measure of concern and it is prudent to cancel for now.
Nursery School
  • Our Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School will follow the Upper Dublin School District protocol for closing
  • We are taking extra precautions for disinfecting our classrooms every day, communicating with families, and encouraging sick kids to stay home 
Meetings and Groups
  • All meetings and group events for the next two weeks (March 10-March 24) will be canceled or not meet in person. This includes regularly scheduled meetings, small groups, and group events. We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of next week to determine the schedule moving forward. This means that our Lenten “Signs of Life” Thursday night programming is canceled.
  • I’m sorry for the inconvenience of this. I know a lot of people have put significant time into various meetings, projects, and events in this time period. We will reschedule. We just don’t to put anyone’s health at risk.
  • You may want to look at this a time of sabbath rest. Everything may not get done when we want, but it will get done in good time and God’s time and perhaps in unexpected, creative ways.
  • For this time period, building fobs will not work in the evenings, except for Staff and Council
  • We are already doing extra cleaning and disinfecting all around the building 
Youth Group
  • No Youth Group gatherings between March 10 and 24
  • Youth Sunday has been rescheduled from March 29 to May 10 
Caring for Neighbors
  • Please continue to demonstrate love and care and pray for our neighbors during this time. Please help us be aware of those in need. You can email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please Give
  • Precautions related to the Coronavirus will have an impact on our activities and gatherings. We recognize that they may also have a negative impact on our giving. Please continue to give and support our ministries.
  • Although our activities may be curtailed for a time, our fixed expenses for our ministries, staffing, and building operations continue. Thank you for your continued support!
 
More Information
For more information, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and get local MontCo updates at https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19
 
Let Us Pray
Finally, I want to close with this prayer from America Magazine, a Jesuit publication:
 
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
 
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
 
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
 
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
 
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love.
 
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
 
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
 
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
 
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
 
Jesus Christ, heal us. Amen.
 
 
In Christ,
 
Pastor Keith

 

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