As all of you are probably aware, these past weeks have produced unprecedented measures and protocols for Americans to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus. Montana was one of the last states to implement these measures, but it is catching up rapidly with steps that have been taken elsewhere in the country. We know many of you are concerned about this threat and may be struggling between attending worship or exercising caution and remaining at your home. This is certainly understandable and acceptable.
The eldership is obviously very concerned about what we should do for our congregation. We have a large population of attendees who are over 60 and possibly have chronic health conditions who represent a very vulnerable target for the virus. We also want to make sure that our young people are protected as much as possible. Healthcare professionals and government officials on all levels are continuing to promote self-protection and isolation from group populations and settings to minimize the exposure. Accordingly, the eldership is preparing to do the same thing for our Sunday worship services.
We are planning to modify our Sunday services for the foreseeable future as follows:
1. All events with the Missoula Church of Christ have been cancelled until further notice.
2. We are preparing to live stream our sermons at 11 AM. Details to access this can be found below.
Although we feel the risk of exposure is minimal, we want to err on the side of overabundance of caution as is being advised by healthcare and government officials. I'm sure we have all heard the old saying that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."
In addition to these changes with our services, we also remind you of the guidelines from the CDC:
1. Practice good hand washing procedures. Use soap and water and scrub for 20 seconds.
2. Avoid hand shaking and avoid personal contact and hugs with other people.
3. Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose.
4. Cover your sneeze and cough with your elbow or other cover.
We encourage you to take the steps that you feel are necessary to protect yourself and your family until this healthcare crisis is over. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.