MARCH 18TH UPDATE

Good morning blessed people of God:

As you know, we continue to we have continued to monitor developments on the COVID-19 so we can adjust as it relates to our Worship services.  This is to let you know that the situation of things is about the same, maybe a little tighter, in terms of gathering.  Since we last had our service, gathering at bars, restaurants, and gyms have been banned in Ohio.  CDC has advised against any gathering of people over 50, and President Trump has suggested that 10 may even be a better number.  To this end, the following changes are being made regarding our worship service.

  1. Only ministers who are ministering will be at Church (not more than 4)
  2. Instrumentalists and two Solo Singers as determined by Worship team
  3. One media room personnel and the IT Administrator
  4. One Usher

We request that every other person should watch the service online.  We need to keep the number down so that we can adequately protect those who are there to bring the worship service to us.  The group above should familiarize themselves with guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

We thank you for your understanding.  We ask that the Lord gives us the patience we need as we respond appropriately to this most unprecedented situation. Please visit https://www.ciccohio.org for updates and information about our response to the coronavirus epidemic and information on how to connect to the live streamed services on Sundays.

Please stay safe

Bro. Simbo

MARCH 13TH UPDATE

Brothers and sisters:

I am sure many of you are privy to the announcement from the Governor’s office yesterday tightening the social distancing guidelines.  As at now, gatherings of 100 people or more are banned in Ohio, but Churches are exempted from this ban at present.

For us to continue meeting in our Sanctuary, we need to tighten our rules of engagement until this pandemic blows over.   So, in addition to the attached information we have updated our rules of engagement as follows:

  1. Please follow the CDC guidelines on personal hygiene (Attached)
  2. If you are having any form of cold symptoms, please stay at home and watch the service online
  3. In addition to washing your hands when you use the bathroom, use provided disinfectant wipes to wipe clean the door handles on your way out
  4. Accompany your children to the bathroom and make sure they wash their hands
  5. Hand sanitizers will be provided for your use at the entrance to the Sanctuary, please cooperate by using them any time you need to re-enter the Sanctuary
  6. Please do not shake hands with anyone during our services
  7. Anyone who recently returned from a trip abroad that passed through Europe and Asia Should please stay at home for two weeks from their return date
  8. Please help us to help our community by diligently following the CDC guidelines.

If we notice that these guidelines are being flouted, or are difficult to maintain, we will have no choice but to move our services online.

May the good Lord protect and keep each and everyone of us from the Coronavirus. 

“For we will say of the Lord, “He is our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.” Surely, He will save us from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”  In Jesus name, Amen!

Bro. Simbo

MARCH 6TH UPDATE

Good morning brothers and sisters:

I hope this finds you all well.  We have all been hearing about the novel corona virus – COVID-19.  I want to make sure that we as a Church have a conversation about it, so that we know how to protect ourselves and how to protect our CICC community. AT present, there is no known case in Ohio, but we want to make sure we are many steps ahead of this novel virus.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released a guideline that they believe will help to minimize contracting COVID-19.  I have attached this guideline, also provided below; we will have printed copies available on Sunday.  Please go through them, have discussions with your children and families about how to follow the guidelines.  The guidelines include additional precautions for us to follow at church.

In addition to the guidelines below, I want to advise that any member that feels sick should plan to stay at home until the symptoms abate so as not to affect the comfort level of other members.  We know we do not have COVID-19 right now, but we also want people to fell comfortable when they are at Church, we advise that folks with illnesses in the form of viral infections, bacteria infections, or cold, flue, cough, fever, should plan to stay home until their symptoms subside.  Our services will be streamed live, and you can follow the service from home when necessary.

Let us all try to stay safe.  We will continue to pray that the Lord will stay the spread of this virus so that we can all return to our normal ways of life soon.

May the good Lord build his hedge of protection around each and everyone of us in Jesus name.

Bro. Simbo

CDC Guidelines

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

CICC Additional Instructions

  1. If you are having any form of cold symptoms, please stay home and watch the service online
  2. In addition to washing your hands when you use the bathroom, use provided disinfectant wipes to wipe clean the door handles on your way out
  3. Accompany your children to the bathroom and make sure they wash their hands
  4. Hand sanitizers will be provided for your use in situations when it is not feasible to wash your hands
  5. Please help us to help our community by diligently following the CDC guidelines.