COVID-19 & FUMCBV
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, school, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence. As you pray please include those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
COVID-19 Coronavirus has been deemed a global pandemic with a case in our state. With consultation from the bishop and our district superintendent, First United Methodist Church Bella Vista is suspending this Sunday’s worship services and all activities this next week (Midweek Manna, classes and all activities held within the church). The church office will also be closed. The church staff will be working remotely from home. Unfortunately, this may only be the first week of suspension of activity with more to follow.
As a worshiping community, we will still gather in an online setting. Reverend Jeanne will be live-streaming Sunday morning worship at 9:30am on the following platforms: Facebook live and on our livestream page.
Best Practices & Assistance
Health Tips/Best Practices:
- Stay home when you are sick or immunocompromised
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (the length of singing “Happy Birthday” twice or The Lord’s Prayer once), especially after going to the bathroom; before
eating; and after you blow your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- While asymptomatic travelers from China are not mandated to observe a 14-day quarantine, we urge you to consider refraining from attending church events, classes and services until the 14-day time frame has been observed.
How can we help?
As a church family, we are all concerned for the health and well-being of all of our worshiping community.
Auto Angels & Illness Reporting
In light of the potential need for assistance for critical life matters during the current health crisis, we have expanded the Auto Angel ministry to assist. Beginning immediately, the Auto Angel ministry team is prepared to provide assistance with critical needs to members who are unable to drive or are unable to leave their homes, including those who should remain in isolation during the current pandemic. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, such things as doctor’s appointments, rides to church, the need for medicines and/or groceries, and the need for welfare safety checks. Non-critical requests are at the discretion of the Auto Angel driver.
Those who need this type of assistance are to call Marilyn Hertel, the Auto Angel Team Leader. Her phone number is located in the church directory. If you do not have one, please call the church office and leave a message asking for it. Someone will return your call shortly. To facilitate finding a driver to help, we request that all calls be made as far in advance as possible, but certainly at least 24-hours in advance of the need. The ability to find a driver is severely hindered when calls occur at the last minute.
Those of you who live alone, please note that if you begin to exhibit symptoms of severe flu or the Covid-19 virus and/or your doctor has diagnosed you having this, please let Marilyn know as well. This is so that a volunteer may stay connected with you during your illness and call for additional medical assistance when needed. We pray for the health and well-being of all of you, and encourage you to please call Marilyn should you have any of these critical needs.
Resources Available For You
As you are at home, know that there are resources in the area to help meet your needs without having to leave your home.
- Cornerstone Pharmacy will deliver medications Monday-Friday free of charge. To arrange to have your medications sent to Cornerstone Pharmacy and dropped off at your doorstep, contact your doctor.
- CVS is offering free delivery of medications and other essentials.
- Walmart Grocery will deliver food to your doorstep! First, you log onto grocery.walmart.com, select which groceries you need, and check out. If you do not already have a Walmart online account, you will need to create one to check out. Note that there is a $35 minimum order for Grocery Delivery. At checkout, select Delivery and enter your address. There will be a $6-$10 service fee, depending on how far away you live.
- Harp’s and Instacart – Instacart is an app and website for food delivery. You enter your zip code and preferred grocery store, and an Instacart employee will pick up your groceries and delivery them to your doorstep for a small fee. You must create an account first.