October 17, 2014
This is a note sent to our beloved Concordia family …
I know there are MANY concerns about the possible spread of Ebola throughout our world, but in particular, here at home. We have been in communication with experts about this matter and there are four prevailing messages that I want to communicate.
- Get the flu shot. Every medical expert we talk to says the same thing. Since Ebola has “flu like” symptoms, when flu season gets into full swing, ERs will be flooded with people who actually have the flu, but fear they have contracted Ebola. If you are able to get a flu shot, it will help alleviate the potential problem. This is NOT medical advice from your pastor. I am merely passing along the wisdom of the medical professionals we have spoken to this week.
- At Concordia, because we take the health and welfare of everyone on our campus VERY seriously, we have in place measures to prevent the spread of disease. From Communion to our ChildCare and School ministries to our Food Service Department, you can be confident that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone.
- BE INFORMED! I’ve heard it said, “The only thing that spreads faster than Ebola is FEAR.” Do not be consumed by the reports and fear-mongering in the media. Know the facts and be safe.
- We are SAFE in God’s care. Jesus said, …
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, … Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:25-32