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Letter to the UPPC Family | 03.16.2020

3.16.20
Dear UPPC Family,
 
As was said in a recent press conference this is a time of many changes and challenges. Anxiety, fear and general unease are running high. It’s at times like this we need to remind ourselves that we serve a God who is bigger than any situation we face. As we shared on Sunday, this storm can be transformed by a greater power!
 
UPPC is committed to doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We are following Governor Inslee’s request to stop all gatherings, regardless of size. In this effort, beginning this Wednesday, March 18, all gatherings, meetings, and ministries in our church facility (except practices for and livestreaming of our worship service) are being postponed until further notice. If you have questions about a specific meeting, please contact the minister overseeing that event.
 
If you joined us via livestreaming this weekend, we are so grateful for your willingness to try a new way of meeting with your church community! We will continue to improve those systems and look forward to continuing worshipping with you next weekend.
 
During this time of crisis, our church leadership is actively seeking ways we can make a specific difference in our community. Many of you have asked what you can do to join UPPC in meeting needs in this difficult season. The needs around us feel so overwhelming. Here are three specific initiatives that will serve as our primary focuses:
 
  1. We will elevate the importance of taking care of our people – spiritually, emotionally, and practically. As the number of people in our church who cannot leave their homes increases, we want to find ways to serve and support these family members. Grocery shopping, prayer, and regular phone calls are part of this. Our deacons, elders, and staff are taking the lead in this ministry. If you would like to become a part of this, contact Jill McMullen at [email protected]
     
  2. UPPC will soon become an emergency childcare site for MultiCare & CHI Franciscan employees. Because of your foresight and support in improving our facility, including the preschool and children’s areas, UPPC is poised and ready to go to support our local healthcare workers! With schools canceled childcare is a huge issue, especially so for healthcare professionals who are at the forefront in dealing with this health crisis.

    We have received clearance to serve 100 children ages 3-11 each day while school is cancelled so our healthcare community can serve without having to worry about the care and safety of their own children. We are still figuring out some of the details of how we can make this happen with the goal of hoping to begin childcare this week!

    This initiative gives an entirely new perspective to “Opening Doors”. We are so grateful for how you have invested in our facility so that we are ready to serve our surrounding community in this time of crucial need! Please be in prayer for these kids, their parents, and our staff as we figure out how to provide this service and love on these kids.
     
  3. We will provide additional generous support to the UP Food Bank (FUN).  This health crisis is hitting, and will continue to hit, the Food Bank and its clients especially hard. We expect the number of families in need of food to grow as more and more businesses close.

    We are calling our congregation to provide practical assistance to the Food Bank. Here are the top 20 items needed: Cereal, peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, mac ‘n cheese, chili, sugar, flour, dried beans, canned fruit, ready-to-eat soups, soap, shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste, pads/tampons, detergent (laundry and dish), hand sanitizer.

    We are providing an easy-drop solution! Drive up to the lower entrance this Wednesday, March 18, from the hours of 10AM-12PM, or 2-4PM and we will unload your donation – you don’t even have to leave your car! You may also drop donations off during church hours in Fellowship Hall.

    If you would prefer to donate financially to the UP Food Bank, you may do so at their website, https://www.familiesunlimitednetwork.org/monetary-contributions. The Food Bank is able to then purchase food from suppliers at a discounted rate to make their money go further!
 
Lastly, this time of uncertainly and fear is an opportunity for Jesus to shine. We would love to hear stories of how you are being the church outside of our church walls, and how you are experiencing people being the church to you! As we look for ways to serve others and practice gratitude, know that Jesus is with you – and that your church family at UPPC is praying for you!
 
In the journey together,
 
Aaron Stewart, Senior Pastor
Mike Bates, Executive Minister
We are writing today with an update on our church’s response to COVID-19. Below, you’ll find some instructions on the “what” of our plans as we respond to this public health crisis. We want to remind you that the “why” behind our actions matters just as much. Later today Pastor Aaron will be sending a letter reminding us of our calling and opportunities as we navigate through these times.

Here is the latest on our church plans for this weekend as we respond to this situation. As you are likely aware, this morning Governor Inslee announced a restriction on events of more than 250 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. The purpose of this action is to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. UPPC will of course honor this action and do our part to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.

Therefore, we will not be holding regular worship services this Sunday, March 15. INSTEAD, we will be shifting our worship service to a LIVE STREAM format. Later this week we will be sending you information on the when and how to access our Live Streaming worship service. We invite you, your family, and friends to worship with us online.

In addition, all other Sunday ministries i.e. Sunday School, Youth Groups & Connexions are canceled for this Sunday. All other church events and activities, including the IF: Gathering Women’s Conference on Saturday and Wednesday Youth & Children's activities, will continue as scheduled.

This is a frequently developing situation. Moving forward our decisions will continue to be guided by information from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, our government leaders, and the local schools. We will continue to send out updates as they are needed. For specific ministry updates, please check our website and social media.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus from a larger family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold. UPPC is committed to keeping our community informed. The health and well-being of our church family, staff, and community are a top concern.
 
We are receiving regular updates from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department on the COVID-19 outbreak. We will follow their directives on keeping the church open or closed to prevent the spread of any disease. The DOH has not advised churches to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses.
 
To keep our church clean and free of disease, custodians and staff are closely following cleaning recommendations from the CDC and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. Prevention is key. We are already taking extra measures in our daily cleaning.
 
In addition to a clean facility, we are taking the following extra precautions to prevent the spread of germs:
-  Temporarily refraining from a formal “greeting one another” time during services. By no means do we want fellowship and meeting new people to stop, we simply won’t be having a time to shake hands with the people around you during services.
-  Extra hand sanitizer is available as you enter and exit the facility. You will find dispensers at the lower and upper entrances, as well as at the top of the stairs.
As always, the steps we each take during cold and flu season are crucial to prevent the spreading of germs. We encourage everyone to take these simple steps:
-  Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. If you’re not feeling well on a Sunday, you can watch either service live on Facebook! Visit our Facebook page, or visit our UPPC Live Stream page to access the services.
-  Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
-  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-  Cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
 
Please know we will update you if we receive new information or need to take other actions.

Public Resources
The DOH has established a call center to answer questions regarding the virus. If you have specific questions, you can call Health’s public call center at 1-800-525-0127, then wait and press #.

Washington Department of Health: Coronavirus webpage

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus webpage