A message from our Senior Pastor, Kirkland A. Smith:
Hello Saints, in the wake of the advent of the Coronavirus virus/COVID-19 and the onslaught of reports of deaths and chaos, thus causing stress, worry, and anxiety, which now has reached everyone's homes. I thought it is wise to give directives and instructions going forward for Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch.
Many major religions have dramatically altered their format of worship, many even canceling their corporate gatherings:
Islam (Muslim' s)-are being asked not to embrace or kiss each other on the cheek (as is their custom), but rather place a handover their hearts, give a respectful nod, or flash a warm smile.
Buddhism - The Buddhist temple has been closed.
Mormon church - Both the state of Utah and the capital city of Salt Lake City have preemptively declared a state of emergencies. The faith has also temporarily closed temples in Asia and limited missionary activity in several Asian countries.
Roman Catholic - the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended all public celebration of Mass, effective immediately, becoming the first Catholic archdiocese in the country to do so. Bishop Budde encouraged worshipers to join the National Cathedral for online services on the next two Sundays.
What will we do this Sunday?
Grace Bible Fellowship will operate in faith and not fear (2 Tim 1:7), utilizing the wisdom and the teachings of Christ to lead us, not those of the world (1 John 4:5, They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them).
⁃ WE WILL have hand sanitizer available throughout the building and encourage you not to share drinks.
⁃ WE WILL encourage anyone ill to return home and get medical attention and treatment if it appears someone is sick.
⁃ WE WILL not hold anything against anyone who doesn't feel comfortable coming into the house of worship. Please view the service via live stream at Live Stream | Grace Bible Fellowship Live Streaming, and you can provide donation online at https://www.gbfofantioch.org/giving.
FACTS ABOUT COVID 19 • COVID -19 is spread from person to person most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets from coughing/sneezing. • Best practices to minimize transmission include: o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. o Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If needed, use a tissue as a barrier. o Avoid close contact with people who are sick. o Stay home when you are sick. Common symptoms are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. o Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available cough or sneeze into your elbow. o Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. o Get a flu shot to help prevent influenza, which has symptoms similar to Covid-19.
HOW TO STAY SAFE ON THE JOB - Follow Basic Infection Control Measures • Use Personal Protective Equipment – the PPE that you wear every day can protect from infectious agents. Wear your gloves, safety glasses and boots. Wear coveralls when needed. • At lunch – move to a clean area, remove your gloves and wash your hands before eating. • After work – remove your PPE and wash your hands before heading home.
CLEANING & DISINFECTING SURFACES • Keep your surrounding areas clean – anything that you touch on a regular like door knobs, car door handles, refrigerator handles, remotes to TV and Games controllers clean and disinfected. Note: remember when shopping at stores to wear hand protection and sanitize as needed.
RESOURCES Center for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
From the Mayo Clinic:
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China.
The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe.
People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.
When to see a doctor
Contact your doctor right away if you have COVID-19 symptoms and you've possibly been exposed to the virus. Tell your doctor if you've recently traveled internationally. Call your doctor ahead to tell him or her about your symptoms and recent travels and possible exposure before you go to your appointment.
It's unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is. It appears to be spreading from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.
Risk factors for COVID-19 appear to include:
Recent travel from or residence in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC or WHO
Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or health care worker takes care of an infected person
Practice everyday prevention.
As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
To protect yourself, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts
Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you're sick.
Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Pertaining to the CORONAVIRUS:
If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. Regular laundry detergent will kill it.
Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes or pick your nose.
You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
Can't emphasize enough - drink plenty of water!
It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days.
With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
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Any questions, please contact me at (925) 522-2017 or at email@example.com
Scriptures for comfort and clarity:
“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Ps 91:9-10
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Mark 9:35
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”