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Friends,

Please find attached a letter from St. Peter's Vestry member Josh Sherwood. Your vestry recently voted to take a pro-active stance to the spreading COVID-19 virus, and temporarily close our building. Due to the uncertainty of this novel virus, we felt it necessary to take this step until more information if available to us. Even though we have no confirmed cases in our area currently, state health officials are telling us that this virus is NOT like the flu, and that steps like this will be necessary to stop it's spread.
We have made other arrangements for our AA/NA meeting members, and they have been very understanding and appreciative.
We thank you for your understanding at this time, and we will keep you updated as often as possible on any changes.
Melissa Blank
Senior Warden, 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
 
  • To the Congregation, and members of the community:
    Effective Saturday night, March 14th, 2020.
    Ohio just confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19, two of which was community acquired. In light
    of COVID-19 and the recent declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a
    Pandemic, the Vestry of St. Peter’s has decided TO CLOSE THE BUILDING until the end of
    the month. This will apply to Sunday worship service, PALS, AA, NA, Girl Scouts, and
    any other organization that uses the building.
    In regards to the Community Meal: we will not be having dining in the Parish Hall. We are
    sorry for any inconvenience, but this is for the safety of the community. We will be making
    some decisions in the coming days ahead if take-out will be an option.
    St. Peter’s is working with the local Nazarene church for NA and AA to meet there during our
    closure. The Parish will also be diligently cleaning and disinfecting while closed.
    We ask that everyone please wash their hands, maintain 6 feet away from others (social
    distancing), and follow the current CDC guidelines. The WHO has also stated, “Now is the time
    to act. This is not a drill. The pandemic can be pushed back, but only with collective,
    coordinated, and comprehensive approach by us all.”
    In the words of The Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry, “…So look out for your neighbors,
    look out for each other. Look out for yourselves. Listen to those who have knowledge that can
    help to guide us medically and help guide us socially. Do everything that we can to do this
    together, to respond to each other’s needs and to respond to our own needs.”
    Should you have a pastoral emergency, please be in contact with one of our Lay Eucharistic
    Ministers; Joshua Sherwood 740-710-1865, or Carolyn Anderson 740-446-7541. There are
    worship services available online that can be streamed from the Washington National Cathedral
    (whom is also closed to in person). Sunday liturgy via the National Cathedral start at 11:15 a.m.,
    and we invite you to join them online at either www.cathedral.org, or their Facebook page.
    Here is a link for information concerning COVID-19 from Ohio Health, a CDC link can be
    found within their page: https://blog.ohiohealth.com/covid-19-the-basics/
    Another link of interest is the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 page:
    https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
    We will be in touch in the coming weeks.
    We would like to offer this prayer:
  • God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of those who suffer: Hear our prayers and grant us
    the power of your grace, that sickness may be turned into health, and sorrow into joy; for Jesus
    Christ’ sake.
    Amen
  • Joshua J. Sherwood, R.S.
    Environmental Health Inspector
    Gallia County Health Department
    499 Jackson Pike, Suite D
    Gallipolis, Ohio  45631
    P:  740-441-2944
    F:  740-441-2963
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