IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM ST. JOHN’S UCC & THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: COVID-19 – THE CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COVID TESTING INFORMATION
Montgomery County, Pa. has the latest information about Coronavirus and our county on their website: Click on this link for information about Coronavirus from Montgomery County, Pa.
Bucks County, Pa. has the latest information about Coronavirus and our county on their website: Click on this link for information about Coronavirus from Bucks County, Pa.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the latest information on their Department of Health website: Click on this link for information about Coronavirus from the Pennsylvania Department of Health
The United Church of Christ has an informative page on their website for all topics related to the Coronavirus. Click this link to go to the UCC website Coronavirus information page
Bible Verses & A Prayer Offered by The National Officers of the United Church of Christ:
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Holy God, ever present with us, we are mindful of these times in which we live. Uncertainty, anxiety, and fear are present among us as we listen to and care for one another in these days. We ask that your peace and healing presence be with us, as we pray for and hold each other in love. We ask your guidance and direction as we live out your command to love one another as we are called to love you. In the name of the one who has called us and prepared us for these challenging days, we pray. Amen.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus (CoVid-19) is a respiratory illness that causes flu-like symptoms. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia, causing breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath. Most people who get it will contract a mild to moderate illness, a bit like flu. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer or chronic lung disease.
The World Council of Churches WCC has a website page of resources concerning the Coronavirus: Click this link to go to the World Council of Churches website Coronavirus information page
Latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Click here for the latest information from the CDC
Latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO): Click here for the latest information from WHO
Here are a number of precautionary measures the UCC Human Resources Department shared with staff in the national offices.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures at home and pass this information along to family and friends.
If you have traveled internationally during the last 14 days, feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing the CDC has several recommendations:
• Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
• Avoid contact with others.
• Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
John Hopkins University and Medicine in Baltimore has created a very informational and factual website for information concerning the Coronavirus: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
Click this link for a Coronavirus case tracking world map and statistics compiled by John Hopkins University & Medicine: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
General Information About
St. John’s Health Ministry Team
Our St. John’s Health Ministry Team meets regularly to provide health and wellness services to our congregation. It is comprised of members of St. John’s who are trained for and/or work in the health care field. When we meet in-house, they are also “on standby” should any medical situation or emergency arise during worship services or any events at St. John’s.
Our St. John’s Health Ministry Team offers regular blood pressure screenings after worship on a monthly basis at the church as well as other special services – check the Enlightener & Herald for schedules.
Shelly Longcoy (R.N.) of our team was offering a support group called “Help Yourself to Healthy Living” on the 4th Thursday of each month prior to the pandemic. Each month Shelly discussed a different health/wellness related topic followed by a discussion period. Contact Shelly at [email protected].