At FUMC Allen, we are blessed to be a thriving and growing family of all ages and generations. We believe that God expects us to prioritize both the physical and spiritual health of this family.
For that reason, we are collaborating with the City of Allen as we prepare and determine appropriate measured responses specific to houses of worship. As of this afternoon, news agencies are reporting three confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Collin Country. While the virus and protocols around it are changing quickly, we are working to mitigate any impact on our congregation and community.
- IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME: The CDC recommends that those who are among the most vulnerable (persons over 80 years of age and persons over 60 with underlying health conditions) should stay away from crowds. If you are in that demographic and choose to stay away from worship, please let us know by contacting our Care and Support Director Ruth Swingle so that we may check in on you. Again, if you are sick, please stay home. If you exhibit a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection, or have been exposed to a person with a coronavirus, the flu or any other communicable disease, get treatment and then STAY HOME. We will see the rest of you at our regular Sunday morning services.
- WASH YOUR HANDS. We know the best way to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is cleanliness and hand washing. Our cleaning crews are working extra hours to ensure that our facility is as clean as possible; please help out by paying attention to your own hands. There is still quite a bit of “normal” flu activity in the U.S. If you have not yet received a flu shot, it is not too late; flu shots are still being recommended by the CDC.
- DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE FEAR. While the concern is real, certain sources may seek to exacerbate the situation. We recommend you seek reliable news sources and maintain a spirit of peace. We are people of faith whose hope is in Jesus. We are in the season of Lent as we wait and prepare our hearts for the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let us use the habits of the church like prayer and songs to remind ourselves that we worship a God that is in and above all things.
- WATCH FOR UPDATES: This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor developments and communicate updates to you through regular e-mail communication. You may also find updates here https://www.cityofallen.org/1980/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information.
Thank you for your faithfulness and participation in our church family as we navigate this unique challenge.