First United Presbyterian Church and COVID-19
This Week's Resources
Virtual Services at 10am on Sundays.
Or Call: 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 819 275 7661
This Week's Bulletin: 3/29 Bulletin
This Week's Music: 3/29 Music
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious public health challenge, and we are accordingly taking it very seriously. As of March 15, 2020, Governor Baker has restricted all gathering of more than 25 people through April 6th. As long as this ban is in place we will not be meeting for worship. Instead we will worship together virtually using ZOOM.
If you would like communion or just have a pastoral visit, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Ben Black. As it stands we will likely not be holding our Maundy Thursday service on April 9th as originally planned, as it was to be a service around a table.
Instructions for On-line Worship
On-line worship may be accessed using the ZOOM application. Click here to download instructions for installing the application. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the installation, and we would be happy to provide technical support.
Alternatively, you may dial directly into to the service using a phone line to call 312-626-6799. Enter Meeting ID 819 275 7661 when prompted. Please make sure your phone is muted.
Additional Information on COVID-19
The most dangerous element of the coronavirus is that during the first week of contracting it, the person might not exhibit symptoms yet be able to transmit it to others. Please, be in tune with your body and if you are not feeling well take it very seriously. The coronavirus is shared easily through the air. The scenarios in which a person is likely to contract coronavirus is when they are in close contact with people (within six feet) as the virus leaves the infected person through respiration or coughing.
What everyone should know:
While the disease resembles the flu in some respects, it appears to be more readily transmitted and more deadly especially for certain cohorts. For instance, individuals with pre-existing conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or compromised immune systems) or beyond 70 years of age are at substantially higher risk. If you fall within these categories, please be certain to take all appropriate measures to protect yourself for the duration of this outbreak.
Preventive actions everyone should take:
Avoid confined spaces where lots of people are present.
Wash your hands often soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or having been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Avoid touching your face, especially nose, eyes, and mouth.
Frequently clean often-touched surfaces within your home.