What Hosanna! is doing to care for the community...
We miss seeing each other so much, but we also take seriously Jesus' call to care for the well-being of our neighbors, even if it means we have to make sacrifices. Our congregation council meets every month to set our policy for the next month based on our values, scientific data, and the latest local recommendations. We rely on recommendations from the Clay County Health Center, statistics found on the Clay County COVID-19 Hub, risk estimates provided using the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool, and other resources provided by scientists and church bodies.
After careful consideration of current trends and recommendations from numerous sources, we are currently meeting in person for worship and some activities. Online worship, faith formation, fellowship, and service opportunities continue to be offered and will be for the foreseeable future.
We will require face masks, practice physical distancing, and refrain from serving food for an extended period of time. Rather than opening up as if nothing happened, we will walk back our procedures in stages according to scientific and health center recommendations. Although it may not be evident when watching worship online, worship leaders are practicing physical distancing and wearing a face mask when in close proximity to one another. Information on the precautions we'll take and the expectations we have for attendees are available here.
Reliable sources for information about COVID-19...
Jesus said to those who believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:31-32). Facts keep the darkness away. However, knowing where to turn is challenging in our culture. Here are some resources we've found to be reliable... These resources are available for you:
Clay County COVID-19 Data, Recommendations, and Resources
The Clay County Health Center provides the most local information and recommendations for many of us.
Find Clay County's complete set of resources on their COVID-19 web page.
See the latest statistics about infections, recovery, hospital capacity and more here at the Clay County Public Health Center Data Hub.
As people of faith, we believe that science is a gift from God and that God works through medical professionals to bring healing and life to our world. Although some are questioning the safety and significance of these vaccines, we believe the science and trust the processes that ensure they are safe for use. We also believe that receiving the vaccine is a way we not only care for ourselves, but a means by which we help protect and care for the most vulnerable among us as Jesus called us to do. We pray that vaccination continues to bring health, healing, and wholeness to our world after a very difficult year. We pray you’ll consider vaccination.
At this time, all Missouri residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t yet signed up to be notified of vaccine appointment availability, we encourage you to sign up at Clay County’s Operation Safe (https://www.operation-safe.com/), Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator (https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator), and/or your local jurisdiction’s website.
If you have questions about the safety and morality of the vaccines or need help getting an appointment, Pastor Mike would be happy to have conversation with you--just call the church office or send him a note.
Face Masks are Still Important
We understand that wearing face masks is uncomfortable. However, science suggests that they help protect our neighbors in case we are unknowingly carrying COVID-19. As followers of Jesus, we believe it's important to consider our our neighbors and show love to them, even when it's uncomfortable. The Apostle Paul even talks to the Corinthians about how he would do just about anything for the sake of others, even if he didn't think it was important himself.
Learn more about how wearing face masks can make the difference that prevents another shutdown.
Learn about the difference masks make by watching this really interesting video:
Missouri State Resources
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a dedicated page about COVID-19. On that page are statistics about the virus in Missouri, a video update from the Department of Health and Human Services, information about a hotline, and more.
The Department COVID-19 24-hour hotline is 877-435-8411.
One for All Missouri is Missouri's COVID-19 resource for information and questions related to COVID-19, staying healthy, traveling, community health, and more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the go-to source for everything COVID-19 related. Find all of their information related to the virus here.
The CDC page has a LOT of information that may or may not be relevant to you. To help you navigate, here are a few documents we found especially helpful:
COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Tool
Use this interactive resource to find out the chances that at least one COVID-19 positive individual would be present at an event, based on the size of the gathering. Set the size of the gathering and zoom in on the map to find the statistics for our county.