The Church Council met on June 28th, 2020.
At this time, Council would like to continue to be vigilant in their decisions. Church Worship Services will resumed on June 21st with the following procedures:
Information Regarding Worship in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Worship is the heart and soul and center of any church. It is our reason for being. It is the glue that holds us together.
As we prepare to reopen the church for in-person worship, please remember that we worship God in spirit and truth
whether we worship at home or in the church building, whether we have restrictions on our behavior or are free to do as we wish.
We respect the decisions of all, whether it is to stay home or come to church. Those who are at high risk from the Coronavirus are urged to exercise caution. All who choose to attend worship at this time are assuming the risk of doing so. Anyone who is feeling ill, who may have been exposed to the virus or have been directed by medical personnel to shelter at home are asked to refrain from coming to the building.
Everyone who comes is responsible for behaving in ways that protect themselves and others.
As we care for the well-being of one another, we will be doing the following:
-A greeter will open the door for you upon arrival.
The doors will be open from 8:30-9:00 AM.
Please maintain space entering and exiting the building.
-You will wear a mask upon entering the building.
If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for use at the church.
-We will maintain physical distance by sitting only in places where a bulletin has been placed on the pew.
Please sit with members of your family or household and refrain from visiting others before the service.
We will have music while you wait.
-We will refrain from hugs, handshakes and other physical contact.
-We will sing along to the hymns mentally, speaking only short responses as printed in the bulletin.
-Wipes and spray will be provided for all who use the restrooms to sanitize the room after use.
-We will continue to practice “communion with empty hands” remembering the gifts and
promises of God with no bread or wine shared until later in the reopening process.
-Please visit with each other outside on the lawn following worship, maintaining a six foot distance from others.
The leadership of our church will continue to watchfully and prayerfully considering
when to resume singing, communion and other activities.
The Good Shepherd Church website is a resource to connect to many of the activities regarding Church information. www.goodshepherdpolson.com
The Church Council worship liaison, Diane Cummings will continue to be part of the Sunday Worship team to provide an extra cantor, scripture reader and backup service leader.
Most of the door codes are still removed. If you had a code and need to access the Church,
please call the Church and make an appointment to enter the Church.
Should you have any questions call Kelley on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 883-5864 or Bill Burkitt at 319-2012.
The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular,
nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature,
humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam
CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition,
hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
- between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
- 4 hours (copper and wood)
- 24 hours (cardboard),
- 42 hours (metal) and
- 72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect.
Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.
And when using the bathroom.
* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
- JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
Doctors are reporting they now understand the behavior of the COVID 19 virus due to autopsies that they have carried out. This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with
thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. So they have discovered that in order to apply a medicine you have to open and unblock these airways so that a treatment can be used
to take effect. However all of this takes a number of days. Their recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself are …
1) Drink lots of hot liquids - coffees, soups, teas, warm water. In addition take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes because this keeps
your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that’s entered your mouth into your stomach where your gastric juices will neutralize it
before it can get to the lungs.
2) Gargle with an antiseptic and warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible
3) The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. And detergent or soap kills it but you must take bath or shower when you get in from the
street. Avoid sitting down in your home and go straight to the shower. If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in sunlight
which also helps to neutralize the virus
4) Wash metallic surfaces very carefully because the virus can stay viable on these for up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about
touching hand rails, door knobs, etc. and keep these clean in home
5) Don’t smoke
6) Wash your hands every 20 minutes with any soap that foams and do this for 20 seconds
7) Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levels.
8) Animals do not spread the virus to people. Its a person to person transmission.
9) Try to avoid getting the common flu as this already weakens your system and try to avoid eating and drinking any cold things.
10) If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods.
The virus enters the system through the throat but will sit in the throat for 3-4 days before it passes into your lungs.
In addition ...
Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.