What's Hosanna! doing to keep people safe?
As people of faith, we are called to support the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the community. We acknowledge a deep responsibility to one another and to making wise and deliberate decisions based on facts and health expert recommendations, rather than on fears.
First and foremost, we are regularly monitoring information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Clay County Health Center, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Central States Synod of the ELCA. We are basing our action on the facts and recommendations of health experts. Based on the information available to us, we have developed the following plan for Hosanna:
STAGE 0 - LOW RISK:
Indicators: Low risk of infectious disease transmission nationally and locally
Actions: We operate under normal practices, reminding servers to practice handwashing, safe food handling, and general cleanliness.
STAGE 1 - POTENTIAL RISK:
Indicators: Potential risk nationally, no cases reported in KC Metro or Clay County.
Actions: Encourage and educate congregation regarding hygiene practices and risk, reinforce current practices, provide opportunities to sanitize, and do regular sanitization of commonly used surfaces.
STAGE 2 - ELEVATED RISK:
Indicators: Confirmed but limited cases within KC metro; no confirmed cases in Clay County
Actions: Remove structured interpersonal contact, reduce commonly touched surfaces, reduce food service, and make worship recordings widely accessible . . .
STAGE 3 - HIGH RISK:
Indicators: Increasing cases within KC metro and/or limited confirmed cases in Clay County
Actions: Discourage all interpersonal contact, suspend all food service, and begin checking in with homebound.
STAGE 4 - GATHERING MORATORIUM - Our Current Level of Operation.
Indicators: Recommendation of National or Local Health Department and/or closing of Liberty Public Schools.
Actions: Suspension of all in-person worship, meetings, and other gatherings.
No worship, meetings, or other gatherings (congregational or outside groups) shall be held at the church building.
Use phone to make sure all active members are receiving communication and to assess needs.
Worship is broadcast online every Sunday in a way that can be followed at home, with opportunity for interaction, as well as via DVD for those requesting it.
New studies to be held remotely, including a variety of video presentation, live video chat, and blog/bulletin board/social media.
Council and other meetings held remotely.
Touch points (e.g. prayers, Bible verse, conversation starters, and other inspirational contacts) through social media/text/e-mail to be made at least every other day.
Routinize check-ins of all active members, including assessment of needs of vulnerable members.
Thermostats adjusted to save costs.
Notes about this plan: This plan has been developed in consultation between Pastor Mike, the staff, the Congregation Council, and the CSS Synod Office. Pastor Mike has been in conversation with the bishop's office, and the Central States Synod is currently providing a general version of our plan as an example for other congregations in the synod.