We know the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a worldwide
concern and is on the top of everyone’s mind. I want to let you know how Mountainside
is responding to recent news about Coronavirus, and encourage you to think
biblically while taking every thought captive for God’s glory.
Our leadership is closely monitoring the situation and
following recommendations from state and local government agencies (i.e. NYS and
Essex CDC as well as the National CDC).
For now, we are planning to hold Sunday services. The Mountainside Youth
Center is still running the regularly scheduled classes at the discretion of
the group leaders.
We have always worked hard to maintain a clean and safe environment and we
will continue to make this a top priority.
What We are doing:
- Greeters will be opening
doors for you as you arrive
- All touch points on campus
will be wiped down and sanitized
- All toys in our children's
classrooms will be wiped down and sanitized
- Hand sanitizer is
available in each building, as is soap in each of our bathrooms
- As always, our cleaning
crew is doing an excellent job of cleaning and sanitizing all of our
gathering spaces and classrooms throughout the week
- The Children's Ministry
will continue to have Clorox wipes in each room
- We are instructing all volunteers
to wash their hands frequently while serving and to stay home if they
In addition, we have already been using an offering box in the
lobby for Saturday evening service. For the sake of our oldest generation or
those with immune deficiencies, we will use that box instead of passing the
offering plate, and continue that practice until we have more clarity on the
nature of this virus.
What You Can Do: (from the CDC website)
- Wash your hands often with
soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes,
nose and mouth, especially when out in public
- Avoid contact with people
who are sick and stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze
with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
forward to the opportunity we have to gather together for worship, while also
being sensitive that some may want to avoid physical contact. Let’s continue
to “…motivate one another to acts of love and good works,” just without a
handshake, hug or fist bump.
As always, we encourage anyone who has a fever or is feeling
sick to stay home, and instead join our livestream which can be found HERE.
Out of love for our neighbors, and particularly our elderly neighbors, we
want to be wise so as to avoid unnecessarily exposing them to something
harmful. For our younger population, Coronavirus may not be as serious a risk,
but it could pose a more serious risk to those whom we unknowingly pass it
along to. Wisdom is a virtue and we cherish it, and so is love for our
Paul instructs us “to be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus.” Jesus, in His love for us, tells us “don’t be anxious for
tomorrow” because He knows that’s our tendency.
We can trust His sovereign care and leading especially in
times of uncertainty. We know worry is a sin, and love of neighbor is a
virtue. Where these intersect is wisdom. So, let’s exercise
wisdom as it applies to your family and continue to serve for the glory of
God and the good of those around us. This is a great time to be caring
for each other and sharing Christ.
Join us in praying for those around the globe who are affected by this
illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the
clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
Please be watching for any future updates.
Mountainside Leadership Team