3/13/2020 – 12:40 PM
Dear D1Naz Family,
We continue in prayer for our church family and want to take all precautions for you and your loved ones. Our church board and staff are changing some normal practices within our building to ensure safety for everyone in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to help stop it’s spread in our community.
As of March 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM all church activities and services remain open. Changes can happen at any time, so please check our website, social media, and your email for any future communication from the church.
Our primary goal is safety and to stop the spread of this disease. If you are in the one of the vulnerable categories issued by the World Health Organization, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes), please stay home until medical professionals, including the CDC and the Illinois Department of Health, have given you the green light to go out in public again.
Pastor Jim and I have established a plan to regularly phone these two groups, making sure they are safe and not in need.
In addition to the regular cleaning of our facilities, here are precautions we’ve taken to keep people safe:
-Hard surfaces, such as tables, door knobs, etc. will be wiped down before Sunday and Wednesday night services.
-Hand sanitizer will be available at The D1Kids check-in, the Welcome Desk, the Connect Center, the back of the sanctuary, and by The Cafe.
-You will receive only verbal greetings at the doors and throughout the building.
-Gloved hands will be used for preparation of our cafe items.
To limit personal contact during Sunday services the following changes will be instituted.
Community moments of greeting will be removed.
-Please greet each other with smiles and polite words rather than hugs and handshakes.
Offering Plates will not be passed through the chairs.
– Offering envelopes will be placed on every other chair for the remainder of the fiscal year. (April 30)
-The welcome desk will be equipped as a tithe and offering station in the middle of the foyer. Please deposit your tithe or offering there in the locked boxes.
– The welcome desk will be equipped with people knowledgeable and ready to assist you in online giving. Please follow these links if feel more comfortable processing your offering from home. One-time Gift Giving, Recurring Gift Giving, Changes to Recurring Giving.
We have two excellent options for those who are concerned with being in public.
– Please consider joining our earlier service at 9 AM. The attendance at this service allows for more open room between people in the chairs.
– Please join our services online.
If you have a facebook account, make sure your notifications are on our page and you will receive a notification each time our services start.
To watch using YouTube, start at www.d1naz.com and click the “Watch Now” button on the home page. This will direct you to our YouTube channel. While you are on the channel you can subscribe. This will send you notifications each time our services start.
Please continue following the CDC instructions.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (this is longer than you think!) especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or having been in a public place.
-If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
-To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
-Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
-Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
-Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
In closing, let’s be reminded that the most frequent commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear” (365 times to be precise). Though we are in an unprecedented time, we are also in the hands of a loving and protective God! Let’s continue to seek Him in prayer and trust His protection!
Pastor Adam Lewis