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Mt. Olivet Worship Services During Our National Emergency March 14, 2020 Greetings, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will conduct worship services on Sunday, March 15, 2020 . After prayerful consideration of the available information, we believe local conditions do not require the that the church suspend its worship services at this time. We will continue to update you at least weekly or sooner if we receive new information that may necessitate a change to our worship services. The congregation will to notified by our church-wide email blast, through ministries email, family care team emails and phone calls, and though postings to our website https://www.mt-olivetbaptistchurch.org/ and our Facebook page. Mt. Olivet is adjusting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health emergency. We are continuing to monitor Local, State and Federal health information to access our current local conditions. We are blessed to have the support of medical doctors in our Health Care Ministry to provide guidance and insight into the the best practices for meeting public challenges. Our Trustee and Diaconate Boards implemented interim polices to comply with the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Health Department (NYSHD) and the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) and to provide spiritual care for Senior Citizens and high risk persons. These policies will be reviewed and modified to reflect changes in government mandates and local public health conditions. Mt. Olivet will: 1. Hold worship services within the public gatherings attendance limits mandated by federal, state and local authorities. As of March   13,   2020   at   5:00   pm, Monroe County limited public gathers to no more than 500 persons without a waiver from the the Monroe County Heath Department. 2. Restrict entrance to the church by persons who have traveled from   certain   high   risks counties, persons who have been in contact with a traveler to a high risk country, persons who are infected with COVID-19 or persons who have been in contact with a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19, and any person exhibiting flu symptoms. Signs will be placed at the entrances to describe this policy. 3. Encourage any persons who feel ill to stay home. 4. Encourage elderly persons over 70 and persons with compromised immune systems to remain at home. 5. Have Family Care Teams (FCT) arrange visits for members who choose to remain at home during the COVID-19 health emergency. Worship services will be streamed   and DVDs of the worship service will be available. Members may worship through giving by mailing in tithes and offerings to the church or giving it to a FCT visitor. Online giving opportunities are expected to be available soon. 6.  Have Family Care Teams (FCT) available to check on the status of assist elderly members and show them how to order items for home delivery. 7.   Have the church facilities cleaned in accordance with CDC and NYSHD recommendations for COVID-19 safe disinfection . 8.   Have Greeters and Ushers avoid hand shaking and hugs until further notice. 9.    Not pass Offering and Communion trays in the pews, the congregation will be lead by the ushers to line-up and place offerings in collection baskets and communion will be given at the entrance to the Sanctuary. 10.  Conduct abbreviated worship service to minimize the risk of the large assembly. The Health Ministry will distribute public health information on how to minimize the risk of COVID19 spreading. 11.  Not hold receptions after worship services. The March 15, 2020 Fish Fry will proceed but all food will be packaged for take-out. 12.  Continue to operate The   Food   Pantry , however, the Monthly   Community   Meal   will not be served until further notice and all groceries must be pre-packaged. 13.  Keep its normal hours for the Church Office, all weekly meetings and Lentin Services. The Church Office will have c ontact numbers for COVID-19 related references. Please continue to pray as we seek God's guidance to order our steps in this challenging situation. Blessings, Pastor Havery Deacon Bruce and Trustee Opira
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Mt. Olivet Worship Services During Our National Emergency March 14, 2020 Greetings, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will conduct worship services on Sunday, March 15, 2020 . After prayerful consideration of the available information, we believe local conditions do not require the that the church suspend its worship services at this time. We will continue to update you at least weekly or sooner if we receive new information that may necessitate a change to our worship services. The congregation will to notified by our church-wide email blast, through ministries email, family care team emails and phone calls, and though postings to our website https://www.mt-olivetbaptistchurch.org/ and our Facebook page. Mt. Olivet is adjusting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health emergency. We are continuing to monitor Local, State and Federal health information to access our current local conditions. We are blessed to have the support of medical doctors in our Health Care Ministry to provide guidance and insight into the the best practices for meeting public challenges. Our Trustee and Diaconate Boards implemented interim polices to comply with the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Health Department (NYSHD) and the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) and to provide spiritual care for Senior Citizens and high risk persons. These policies will be reviewed and modified to reflect changes in government mandates and local public health conditions. Mt. Olivet will: 1. Hold worship services within the public gatherings attendance limits mandated by federal, state and local authorities. As of March   13,   2020   at   5:00   pm, Monroe County limited public gathers to no more than 500 persons without a waiver from the the Monroe County Heath Department. 2. Restrict entrance to the church by persons who have traveled from   certain   high   risks counties, persons who have been in contact with a traveler to a high risk country, persons who are infected with COVID-19 or persons who have been in contact with a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19, and any person exhibiting flu symptoms. Signs will be placed at the entrances to describe this policy. 3. Encourage any persons who feel ill to stay home. 4. Encourage elderly persons over 70 and persons with compromised immune systems to remain at home. 5. Have Family Care Teams (FCT) arrange visits for members who choose to remain at home during the COVID-19 health emergency. Worship services will be streamed   and DVDs of the worship service will be available. Members may worship through giving by mailing in tithes and offerings to the church or giving it to a FCT visitor. Online giving opportunities are expected to be available soon. 6.  Have Family Care Teams (FCT) available to check on the status of assist elderly members and show them how to order items for home delivery. 7.   Have the church facilities cleaned in accordance with CDC and NYSHD recommendations for COVID-19 safe disinfection . 8.   Have Greeters and Ushers avoid hand shaking and hugs until further notice. 9.    Not pass Offering and Communion trays in the pews, the congregation will be lead by the ushers to line-up and place offerings in collection baskets and communion will be given at the entrance to the Sanctuary. 10.  Conduct abbreviated worship service to minimize the risk of the large assembly. The Health Ministry will distribute public health information on how to minimize the risk of COVID19 spreading. 11.  Not hold receptions after worship services. The March 15, 2020 Fish Fry will proceed but all food will be packaged for take-out. 12.  Continue to operate The   Food   Pantry , however, the Monthly   Community   Meal   will not be served until further notice and all groceries must be pre-packaged. 13.  Keep its normal hours for the Church Office, all weekly meetings and Lentin Services. The Church Office will have c ontact numbers for COVID-19 related references. Please continue to pray as we seek God's guidance to order our steps in this challenging situation. Blessings, Pastor Havery Deacon Bruce and Trustee Opira
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