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"Peace, Be Still"

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Dear Members and Friends, These are anxious times that can feel like being on a vulnerable little boat in the middle of a storm. Your church leaders want you to know that we care deeply about our community and our members and we are paying close attention to what is unfolding regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and bringing our full care to what will best serve our community. All who are impacted directly by the Coronavirus are in our prayers. In order to protect vulnerable people in our community we are encouraging everyone to greet each other with a smile rather than with a handshake or hug, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer. There are automatic-no touch hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the church on each level, look for the signs marking the spots with a red arrow. If you are sick, we encourage you to stay home. You can access the church service on Sundays at 10 AM on channel 1301 if you are a Spectrum Cable subscriber or stream using a device through our website at www.congochurchbbh.org. You will also find a link to download the worship bulletin with music included on the church website. Below are links to helpful resources to educate yourselves and prepare for an outbreak in our region. Visit our church website at www.congochurchbbh.org for more links and updates.


How to prepare your home for a quarantineManaging Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.


Addressing Mental Health Issues This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.


Latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)More resources from UCC Disaster Ministries

These are the times when we can most feel our togetherness — our shared fragility, vulnerability, interdependence and care. Our world needs those who can remember Jesus’ invitation to be still, to breathe, to listen, and remember to hold what is unfolding in a space of love and compassion.  Together we will be there with and for all in our community and shine as a light of hope, care, faith, and prudence. Peace and Blessings, Peter Ilgenfritz, Interim Pastor Ella Long, Head Deacon Sandra Leonard, Head Trustee


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