STATEMENT ON COVID-19
To our LIC church family. We genuinely care about you. Each week, we pray, plan, and work hard to make sure that coming to LIC church is of significant value for you. We love gathering together every weekend with you as you seek to know Jesus and His promises more fully in your life. We also care deeply that, when you do choose to attend, you and your family are not just spiritually inspired and impacted, but SAFE.
With this in mind, we want to communicate with you about how we, at LIC Church, are seeking to address the COVID-19 issue. Though Michigan has yet to identify anyone in our area with this new and little understood virus, it’s bound to happen. As a church family, we want to be ready and help you be confident and comfortable in attending.
We're working hard to ensure our environments are clean and safe for you and your family. We take the following steps every week to prevent the spread of germs:
First, if you are not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home.
NOTE: We’re currently working on live-streaming our services on Facebook.
Next, our staff and volunteers follow hand-washing procedures and children in our children's ministry are instructed to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Volunteers in our Kid's area will follow safe and sanitary diaper-changing procedures.
Staff will remove children from the classroom if they appear to be sick, and parents are asked to pick them up immediately.
Staff will disinfect each classroom in our Kid's ministry after each service.
NOTE: We will be placing additional hand sanitizer locations throughout our buildings.
As well, for upcoming weekends, we're adding the following precautions:
We will not pass collection baskets, but will have buckets up front for everyone to give. We also encourage you to faithfully use the other means for giving: on our website or app, or by using the giving boxes located on the wall at the main entrance of our building.
We encourage a fist bump and a smile rather than our traditional handshakes and hugs.
Along with these steps, to prevent the unnecessary spread of germs in a large gathering of people, we also recommend familiarizing yourself with these Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommendations:
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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick or if you have been exposed to sickness.
Finally, we remain confident in faith, and prayerful for you, our church, and the world during this and all challenging times. Don't forget, as 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind." We will continue to be a church that seeks to provide what the world needs most... a demonstration of the confidence and hope that comes with knowing Jesus.
Always in Christ, expecting God's best,
Pastor Eric, Maureen and the LIC staff