March 11, 2020 | News by Rev. Sarah Johnson
One of the great gifts of being a community of faith is the multiple ways we gather throughout the week. Given what we know today about the coronavirus, we are beginning to plan for how our gatherings may need to shift in the coming weeks to ensure we seek the physical and spiritual well-being of our community.
In the meantime, we are making the following adjustments to our life as a community of faith. We are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
- We will be in continual communication with Dallas County and Texas State health officials. We are monitoring the virus and following recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization.
We will forgo passing of the peace at the beginning and end of services by shaking hands and instead offer a smile or a friendly wave.
- We will update our communion practices to avoid intinction. Detailed instructions will be given at each service concerning communion.
- We are well-supplied with hand sanitizers at most entrances and around the building for your use.
- We will continue to be diligent in regular cleaning of the building, doubling down on sanitizing highly touched surfaces throughout the day.
- - Please stay home if you are immunocompromised, sick or experiencing symptoms. You can participate in worship via live stream at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. on www.phpc.org/streaming, or listen to the 11 a.m. service on 101.1 WRR
- Additional healthy hygiene practices and information can be found at the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
As always, we will continue to be a place of spiritual nurture and care, praying for doctors and nurses who are working toward solutions and participating in care for all those who are directly affected by the disease, and for God’s peace and presence in it all.
As we care for one another in this community of faith, and for others around the globe, we will continue to monitor the situation and will act following local health authorities' recommendations. We will communicate further changes as they arise. Please check in at phpc.org/corona for updates.