COVID-19 Response

“…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

COVID-19 Precautions at Zion UMC
3/18/20

NOTE: We are making adjustments to how we worship, serve, and learn.

Food Pantry will be held Tuesday, 4/7, from 4:30 to 6:30. We are taking coronavirus precautions to keep everyone safe. Food is available for anyone living, working, or worshiping in the Anthony Wayne school district. If you have a food emergency, contact us.

We are collecting single-serve portions of non-perishable fruits and “main dishes” (mac-n- cheese, pasta, etc.) to include in weekend food its for AW students at risk for hunger. (Please, no perishable items. We have plenty of chips, cookies, etc.)  Please place donations in the storage container near the door in our parking lot, and then contact us to let us know it’s there (so we can make sure it goes to students and not to critters!).

Sunday worship services will be available online. Please click on the “Online Worship” link. The service will available for one week. Sermons are also available in written and video forms on the “Sermons” page.

Holy Week
Palm Sunday, 4/5: Online Worship Service
Holy (Maundy) Thursday, 4/9: Online Meditation
Good Friday, 4/10: Online “Virtual Tennebrae” service. This “service of shadows” recalls Christ’s
     Passion through music and scripture.
Easter, 4/12: Join us for an experimental Easter Communion service via teleconference in our
parking lot.
Arrive in our parking lot no later than 10:15. Bring your fully-charged cell phone
(it doesn’t have to be a smart phone), your car charger if you want it, and enough bread and
     juice for everyone in your car (for Communion). You will be given a number to call and
meeting ID to enter. Turn on your speakerphone and we will worship together from the
safety of our cars. Decorate your car to add a festive touch to our service!

Please continue to check our web site or office phone, or “like” our Facebook page, for updates as we grow into this new way of worshiping. The congregation at Zion is keeping all in prayer as we move through this difficult time together.

As the coronavirus and its associated illness (COVID-19) become a fact of life in the U.S., it is necessary for all of us to take measures to slow its spread. An explosive increase in serious cases has the potential to overwhelm our health care system, especially our hospitals. If that were to happen, not only would COVID-19 victims not have access to hospital beds and equipment such as ventilators, but those with other serious conditions (like heart attacks, strokes, and so on) would also face a potential lack of available care.

Jesus tells us to love our neighbors in the same way we love ourselves. This means we have a responsibility to care for our own health and to care equally about the health of others. Taking steps personally and as a congregation to limit exposure as much as possible helps us to live out Jesus’ commandment and be loving members of our community.

All of us can take some basic personal precautions. The main one is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds—the time it takes to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”  or — even better — a verse of your favorite hymn. (Use hand sanitizer as an alternative when soap and water aren’t available.) Cough and sneeze into a tissue and discard it immediately. (Viral particles coughed into an elbow can survive for days.) Contact your doctor and stay home if you develop COVID-19 symptoms: dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Educate yourself with accurate information, which may be found at sites like these:

Centers for Disease Control 
National Institutes of Health
Ohio Department of Health

Use of Building by Outside Organizations/Individuals
We will continue to allow others to use the building, with these precautions:
* Users will be asked to bring disinfectant products and to sanitize surfaces, doorknobs, etc.
before leaving.
* Users will be asked to notify us if a member of their group becomes infected.