Although the virus has not been reported yet in our community, we want to take steps to protect everyone’s health, especially the elders among us. We have placed hand sanitizer and tissues throughout the Fellowship building. Washing hands frequently, avoiding touching hands to face, and using a tissue to cough or sneeze into are among the primary recommendations of public health experts. They also recommend that anyone who is sick stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
For the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve decided to change our practice of holding hands during the benediction.
If the outbreak increases in our area, we will follow the recommendations of health experts and government officials regarding possibly shutting down of worship services and other Fellowship activities. If such a decision is made, we would communicate in the same way as a cancellation due to a snowstorm: on our website, eNews, Facebook page, email message, and the Remind phone app. If we cancel in-person Sunday worship service, we will try to stream a version of the service via internet instead.
Finally, anyone experiencing emotional and spiritual stress about the coronavirus is welcome to contact Drew for pastoral care.
Fire and Tornado Safety Procedures
The Board has adopted safety procedures for tornado and fire situations. They are:
Tornado Warning Response
Fire Warning Response
In the event of a fire or fire warning, the safest response for congregants is to exit the building.
The UUFCM Board recently established a Safety Task Force to assist us in developing policy and procedures for safety measures needed in the event of dangerous circumstances that may result via nature and/or human intent. Be aware that as we work to become a more safety-conscious congregation, you will be seeing some changes to help make us safer from fire, tornados, and potential assailants. Please take the time to read the article “Sunday Security” on page 40 in the Spring 2018 issue of UU World magazine. It explains how the UUA and individual congregations are becoming more safety proactive.