GSLC HEALTH NOTES

Dear Christian Family,

The Church Council met on Aug 16th, 2020.

GSLC will be opening for in person Church Worship Services on August 23rd with the following procedures still in place:

 

Information Regarding Worship in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

 

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, please call the office 883-5864 or Council President, Bill Burkitt.



CHURCH TASK FORCE UPDATE
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CHURCH TASK FORCE NOTES: 
Temporary Precautions That Will Be In Place To Keep All Of Us
As Safe As Possible.
SYMPTOMS of Covid-19 Virus:
             1.  Temperature of 104 of higher
             2.  Cough that comes from low in the chest
             3.  Difficulty in breathing
             4.  Chills
 
Procedure in the event of one or more of the above symptoms:
             DO NOT GO To Your Doctor or Hospital
                        CALL Your Doctor or Hospital
 
*They will have a trained professional return your call and
   ask you a number of questions.
**In the event that it is decided that you have or may have the virus,
   They will send someone to take you to a treatment center.
 
Procedure for AVOIDING Covid-19 Virus:
 
WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY:
          Use Soap.  It is necessary to use a disinfectant.  Scrub your hands for
20 seconds (sing or think twice the Happy Birthday song).  Pay attention to your thumbs, under your finger nails and in the creases of your hands.
 
Keep your hands away from your face.
 
When you sneeze or cough, do so into your arm in the elbow area,
not into your hands (this just goes into the air).
 
It is not necessary to wear a mask if you do not have the infection. 
The mask is capable of preventing the infection to another person,
but is not capable of preventing you from the infection.

State of Montana Health Dept. Coronavirus Hotline  1-888-333-0461
 
 
PASTORAL NOTES:
Common Sense Precautions at Good Shepherd
Here’s what we are doing to keep everyone safe:
- Using recommended janitorial procedures to sanitize surfaces.
- Ushering, greeting and communion procedures have been adapted.
- Greet and be seated upon arrival instead of visiting in entryway.
- Keep your distance from others. Spread out in church.
- Be mindful of what you touch.
- Please stay home if you are ill or vulnerable.

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 faster.
* 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

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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.


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The Church Task Force are following the local and national information guidelines about the Coronavirus.
Per Governor Bullock                  https://covid19.mt.gov/