1. No live Sunday worship services at Laurel for at least a few weeks. We will notify you when live worship services will resume. However, we will have posted here on our church website and Facebook page a short worship service filmed during the week. We plan to post each week a new worship service video Sunday mornings at 9 am. Look for it! Our attempt to do live streaming ran into numerous complications and quality issues.
2. If you need assistance you can call the church between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tell us what you need and a referral will be made to one of our volunteers if we can help.
3. Continue to pray for each other and the church staff. The church staff is putting in long hours behind the scenes with work around the church and contacting members. We can use your prayers.
4. Church staff, Caring Prayer Team and Stephen Ministers are making calls and utilizing social media to check on our seniors, youth, children and parents. So, don’t be surprised if you receive a contact from the church. We would like to encourage everyone in the church to contact one another and check on each other. It is nice to receive a friendly message in midst of all the spam and telemarketing calls.
5. Those who are seniors, please take advantage of home delivery and senior hours at many of our grocery stores and pharmacies if you choose to get out. Shop local if you can.
6. Church meetings in the building are cancelled. If the prohibitions of groups over 5 or 10 continue for more than a couple weeks, we will be reaching out to various committees to see how many have webcams and can conduct online meetings. Church staff has already done one online meeting.
7. Below are some care guidelines you may want to consider for yourself, your family and friends. They were written by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed but we have modified them for our current situation.
Care Guidelines as suggest by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed (Adapted)
1. Monitor and follow the health guidelines. Look for items from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) first and supplement with other trusted news sources. There is so much misinformation out there about COVID 19. However, you may want to limit your coverage of the virus to one or two times a day. In the world of 24-hour news coverage, it can consume your day, make one over-react or even make one lose their sense of hope.
2. Be a non-anxious presence for your family and friends. Staying calm and sharing compassion with one another reduces anxiety.
3. Continue to reach out to family and friends. For some it is a busy time, others a stressful time and others a lonely time. Phone calls and social media contacts with each other helps with feeling connected in an isolating time.
4. Listen to each with love. Some people will have a deep need to talk during this time.
5. Find ways to make community, don’t just wait for community to find you. If you have others in the house, you may want to dust off those old board games or create other opportunities for fun. Share and discuss fun things you find with family, neighbors and friends.
6. Help others take the long view. God was present before COVID 19 and God will continue to be with you during and after it. Remember, God loves you. God will never leave you or forsake you.
7. Keep your faith alive during this time. Read scripture, pray, meet in small groups online and follow your church worship services online. Treat that online worship time the same as if you were sitting in the pew.
8. Observe Sabbath yourself. Take time out and stay rested. It helps fight disease and keeps us calm and collected so we can be that non-anxious presence.
“Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (NRSV)