March 12, 2020
COVID-19 is having an impact. While only a handful of cases exist in our region and the threat to most people is low, Loudoun County schools are closed and businesses are affected. Authorities are advising some people—those over sixty and the immunocompromised—to practice social distancing by avoiding unnecessary gatherings.
At Galilee, we believe that regular worship is the lifeblood of the body of Christ. But when facing a pandemic, we want to act responsibly. Services for Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22 are canceled at Galilee’s main campus. Services at the Chapel at Lansdowne Woods have been cancelled for three weeks.
Our blood donation scheduled for this Sunday is on.
Please check the website frequently for updates.
Cleaning supplies and rubber gloves are hard to come by all of a sudden, but Mickie Stalcup made a Lowes run on Wednesday. Our cleaning contractors have also ramped up their efforts.
If you’re coming to our facilities for any reason, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines to protect others:
- Respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs or sneeze)
- Stay at home when you know you are sick, particularly if you have a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or fever
- Do not visit church if you or your child is sick. Please be fever free and symptom free for at least 24 hours
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Give each other space. Try standing a little further apart
The church and preschool have level upped our cleaning procedures:
- Extra cleaning cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Our office staff and cleaning company are working together on this
- Money counters will have plenty of gloves and disinfecting wipes
- Supplies have been laid in for nursery cleaning
- The preschool was already doing extra cleaning; with public school closure the preschool is currently closed
Do Church Online
- Simply go to our livestream web page or like us on Facebook
- Our entire 9am service streams on our website if you visit and on Facebook automatically
- Online giving is very important. Churches and small businesses are liable to face extreme hardship if revenue declines because people are isolating. There are many ways you can give listed here.
- Sign up for the Prayer Chain
Pastor Jason weighs in on the situation with this brief message:
“In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:6-7
We are a people of prayer. I encourage you to pray for people affected by the current outbreak, to pray for healthcare workers, and to pray for healing.
Your pastors are setting aside a time for specific prayer for those affected by this illness.
Staff, pastors, and Stephens Ministers are working on a plan to stay in regular contact with those more vulnerable persons within our congregation.
Our regular Prayer Chain emails might be of particular interest to you so that you may join us in this response by praying for one another more.”