Greetings POCCC Family...
We all have been paying close attention to the latest health news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact upon our nation and the world. As we continue to monitor this issue, please know that Pastor Patricia and I want to give you our response to this global concern.
First, we want to assure you that we are listening to the counsel of the medical community. We understand the challenge of making wise and sensible decisions amid varying reports of this pandemic. With that being said, be advised that after prayerful consideration, our plan is to continue with our gathering for worship service.
Please know that we are monitoring closely and should we need to make changes to this decision, we will do so. We do, however, recommend the following precautions:
-If you have any respiratory illness or symptoms of a respiratory illness, please do not attend services in person.
-Take necessary precautions for your personal health and attend services online.
-Elderly people (above age 60) and those who have chronic medical conditions should consider attending service online.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
Refrain from handshaking and/or hugging
Wash your hands before and after contact with others and hard surfaces.
Changes that we will make during worship service:
Altar prayer will temporarily be done with a general prayer instead of personal prayer
Children’s ministry areas will be thoroughly wiped down with disinfectant.
Restroom facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
For those who cannot attend, we are excited that we can stay connected in our worship experience via our Facebook live streaming or via our website www.poccc.org.
You will be afforded the opportunity to worship and
give online. Our online giving is reliable, easy and safe, no matter what happens let honor the Lord with our giving.
If you are not comfortable with our customary handshaking and/or hugging, feel free to greet verbally and with a
smile and / or wave. We ask that despite this temporary advice that our spirit towards one another will always of
love and compassion.
We strongly encourage you to stay vigilant in prayer and current with advice from medical professionals. Become
educated in how the coronavirus is transmitted and/or carried. Take some time to understand proper preventative
measures to support being part of the solution.
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:
• 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
• 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 your hands are visibly dirty. Addressed above.
Finally, we believe God is still and will always be in control and our faith is strong in God’s word which said, “God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind, and not a spirit of fear.” 2 Timothy 1:7. This means that in the mist of the congestion coverage found both on main stream TV and social media concerning this virus we will not allow ourselves to live in fear and driven by impulsive reaction, we will have and enjoy a normal life.
God’s word decrees, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psalms 91:10
Know that we love you and are praying for your continued health, let us continue to pray for those affected around the world. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much.
Bishop Henry Phillips