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9-17-21 FUMC Updates – buildings and activities reopen/resume

While the Net Health Coronavirus cases in our 7 counties averaged 2,364 cases/week in the 1st four reported days of September, they dropped substantially to 1,265 average cases/day in the most recent last four reported days.  And, during the 2 weeks we have been closed, there have been no Covid cases contracted from possible exposure within the church so we will be opening again this Sunday, 9/19, and resuming activities next week, cautiously. 

As always, worship will continue to be on Facebook LIVE at 10:50 – be sure to check in and let us know you’re with us!

While some people choose not to be vaccinated and it is very apparent that vaccinated people are susceptible to getting serious break-through cases of the virus, we trust that everyone will self-monitor to protect each other.  But let’s be mindful – the pandemic is not over!

TEMPORARILY, we are putting back into place some safety protocols …

– Please maintain social distancing in all Sunday schools, activities, and in the sanctuary … you’ll see the familiar ribbons on 1/2 of the pews, again, temporarily.  

– Please wear masks in and out of all buildings and activities – once seated and not moving around, feel free to remove your masks.

– Allow the ushers to sanitize your hands entering and leaving the sanctuary, and please use the sanitizers in other buildings as you come and go.

– And please stay home if you feel sick.

Also, here are a few reminders from the email I sent out on August 20th from Erika Martin, our district school nurse. 

“As Covid cases begin to increase, the church would like to remind you of some guidelines we all need to be aware of. If you have Covid-19 or Covid-like symptoms (fever or chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, stomachache, tiredness, headache, or muscle or body aches), please stay home.

If an individual has tested positive for Covid, they should isolate for at least 10 days from symptom onset, be 24-hours fever free, and all other major symptoms have improved as well. If you test positive and are asymptomatic, you should isolate for 10 days as well. If symptomatic, we highly recommend you isolate for 10 days before coming back to church and seeing your physician.

You may be contagious if you have had close contact with someone who has Covid. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period. An individual is also contagious 2 days before symptoms start so be mindful of this as well. If you feel as if you are a close contact, it is recommended to quarantine for 10 days since the last exposure.

If you are vaccinated, you are technically still susceptible to Covid-19……unfortunately. If you are vaccinated and in close contact with someone who has Covid, please be cautious about returning to church too quickly as well. I would still recommend the 10-day quarantine to be safe.

Erika Martin, WISD Nurse”

AGAIN – THESE PRECAUTIONS ARE TEMPORARY!  Let’s continue to PRAY that the Coronavirus will be eradicated!

Pastor Debbie


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3-4-21 FUMC Gathering Updates

With the more spring-like temperatures upon us, and Easter now just 4 weeks away I’m sure we all have a sense of HOPE that God is making all things new!  COVID vaccines are up, cases are down and we can’t wait to be back in church together again!
 
While Governor Abbot has opened all businesses to 100% and removed the mask mandates, my parents had an expression … JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD!  Yes, people have to be responsible for their own behaviors but we also have to be mindful to take care of each other!  Remember .. not everyone has had vaccines or has antibodies. 
 
We ALL want to get back to 100% as soon as we can and we will be considering how to start bringing things back incrementally – so please be patient.  We have already loosened the mask mandate so you only have to wear masks in and out of the buildings or when walking around and talking to people.  We will still disinfect hands and maintain social distancing but over the next few weeks we hope to see more and more things change.
 
Attached (CLICK HERE) is a letter from Bishop Mike McKee suggesting we not rush back to “normal”. He says”for the time being – continue doing what you have been doing as we all remain committed to “do no harm.” 
 
Please continue to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that things get BETTER and BETTER and BETTER!
 
Pastor Debbie

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