October 10th was our daughter Sarah’s birthday (10-10-88… easy to remember!). So, since we just could not resist anymore, we all got together to celebrate. We were cautious, wearing masks, washing hands, distancing as possible, gathering outside on the deck to talk and eat together, not carpooling. It was great to be all together as a family… but this morning, we heard that one of the family members who were at the party was running a fever and had body aches… yikes! I thought he just had a negative test on Thursday! Doesn’t matter, he could have had the virus or gotten it before Saturday.
Thoughts of the stories we have heard about family parties turning into multiple COVID-19 case outbreaks raced through my mind. We were all immediately on alert. I wore my mask this morning to walk with Rip. I am wearing a mask at the office. I am avoiding contact with anyone… even though the fever is gone and he is feeling great today… and we are all hopeful that a follow-up test will show he is negative for the virus. The point is that it could have happened.
I think about what it would mean to have the virus and infect others inadvertently. Being the cause of that kind of illness and sorrow is more frightening than having the virus myself!!! Quarantine or isolation would be easy compared to being responsible for others getting sick.
My friends, the Virus Crisis is NOT over. We need to remain diligent and safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands, or use a good sanitizer, keep social distance, and avoid a larger crowd of people in close proximity… especially a group of people you love like your family. It's not going to go on forever, but messing up and being responsible for someone you love getting sick is a burden you would have to bear the rest of your life. Don’t live in fear, but be mindful and let's just do what we know works!
Things To Keep In Mind:
Turkey Dinner: Tuesday, November 3rd. Take-Out Only. $15/ticket at the office or by mail.
Christmas in Uganda: Give $14 to feed children/families on break at Mustard Seed Academy.
Fix-It/Clean-It Day at Church: Saturday, October 24th from 9 am to 12 pm. Social distanced service day!
New Members Class: Held by ZOOM (coming soon). Let John know who needs an invite.
Mailing: If you don’t need the mailing, but can download from the website, or you receive an email from Drew McCrosson with worship materials and a weekly letter, please let the office know.