The global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a central topic of discussion and concern to many of us. There are many questions and unknown answers about the current COVID-19 pandemic. The concern should be real and the risk of exposure should not be taken lightly. Those of us who can should isolate at home and maintain social distancing from each other. Limit unnecessary outings and avoid group gatherings.
Here is a summary from the AZ Department of Health about COVID-19:
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 ranged from having little to no symptoms to mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include:
This virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This person-to-person spread is likely through close contact with respiratory droplets that are created when someone coughs or sneezes. With most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be the most contagious when they are sick and exhibiting symptoms. With COVID-19, there have been reports of spread before people exhibited symptoms.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses include:
This situation remains dynamic and changes daily. If there is a chance of exposure to someone with COVID-19, close contacts should monitor their health and call their healthcare provider if they develop any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. They should continue to isolate themselves to prevent further asymptomatic spread.
We need to remain vigilant and continue to flatten the curve in order for our healthcare system to be able to handle those that will become very sick. Continue to be in prayer for those affected and those caring for the sick.
(March 16, 2020)
FCBC continues to place a high priority regarding the safety of our members and attendees. Until further notice we have made the decision to suspend gatherings on our campus, which includes all worship services. It is a priority for us to help limit the spread of the virus to those that are most vulnerable in our congregation and city. We will adhere to the CDC recommendation accordingly to suspend gatherings of 50+ for at least 8 weeks. Also, during this time please protect yourself and others with CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
Online services & messages will be available at the FCBC website: http://www.fcbcphx.org/sermons/. Our Preschool, Children, Youth and Adult Sunday School departments will be providing curriculum options that everyone can engage in as well.
If you have questions or need assistance, please get in touch with us and let us know how we can serve you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-955-3114.
Please continue to give as an act of worship through your bank bill pay service, snail mail your check, or via our online giving service: http://www.fcbcphx.org/giving/
Let’s remember that even in difficult times, God is still on His throne and is in full control.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Above all, continue to pray fervently and without ceasing. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18