At Concordia, we take the health of our guests, members, students, faculty, and staff very seriously. We want this to be a safe and healthy place to worship and grow in faith. With the spread of COVID-19, popularly known as the coronavirus, dominating the headlines, I want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep everyone who comes onto our campus as safe as possible.
The best weapon against the spread of COVID-19 is prevention. We do our best to keep our campus clean and sanitized. Our janitorial staff wipes down highly trafficked surfaces in our church, school, and childcare on a regular basis. We also contract with a company that cleans surfaces quarterly across our campus with a specialized, long-lasting sterilization spray.
For individuals, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following actions to guard against spreading this, or any, virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Of course, if you become sick, or if someone in your family becomes sick, please stay home, get the rest you or they need to recover, and consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns about the illness.
Texas Health and Human Services emphasizes that the immediate risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low. We are thankful that we have had no reported incidents of anyone infected by the virus on our campus. However, should the risk of contracting this virus rise, please know that we are already working on contingency plans so we can continue offering the ministries you have come to expect from Concordia, even if access to our campus becomes limited.
Sunday services will continue to be streamed and you will be able to access them from wherever you are. Beginning this weekend, as we have when health concerns have arisen in the past, please fist bump or elbow tap folks as you greet them in worship. In the unlikely event that we are not able to physically gather on our campus for worship, you will still be able to join a service via our livestream. You will also be able to give online at Concordia.cc just by clicking on the “Give” tab at the top of our homepage. Our school administration is developing plans to offer online lessons and assignments should a large portion – or, perhaps, even all – of our student population need to stay home. You will receive detailed information on how to access and make use of such resources if the need arises.
As we plan, I want to remind you to pray. Because of COVID-19, families have lost loved ones, financial markets have reacted, and a fair amount of fear is in the air. But we trust in a Savior who is able to heal “every disease and sickness” (Matthew 4:23). Please join me in praying that the spread of COVID-19 will be stemmed and that people who have been affected will be healed and receive all the help they need.
Thank you for being a part of this great family of faith!
God bless you,
Bill Tucker, Senior Pastor