In consideration of the public health announcement on COVID-19 by Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolf, and out of an abundance of caution for our congregation and community, Goodwill’s leadership has decided not to hold public services or meetings for the next three weeks. Instead, Goodwill will broadcast its services exclusively online. An inspirational service will be broadcast live on Facebook. This is a public page so you don't need a Facebook account to watch. However, if you do have a Facebook page please post the livestream so that others can easily find it. We will continue to monitor the situation week by week and hope to resume normal operations in the very near future.

Thanks to modern technology you will still be able to give your weekly contribution by using our online donation link. Just on the image below to be taken to our donation page.

We have consulted with the CDC and they provided the following additional counsel:

It has been announced by the CDC that the Coronavirus has reached a pandemic status. What does this mean for our community? We must all take extra measures not to spread the virus. This concern has been conveyed in the news and has reached all of our communities, so we need to take measures to protect each other as we are worshiping. Once services resume, we are asking that each member to use these precautions before and while they are attending services:

  • If you do not feel well for any reason do not come to church or a meeting. Take your temperature at home prior to coming to church. If your temperature reads higher than 99.5, stay home. A temperature higher than 99.5 does not mean you have the coronavirus. There are other conditions that might cause an elevated temp but we ask that you stay at home.

  • Please wash your hands with soap and water when leaving the restroom.

  • If you use a tissue to blow your nose please discard right away in a clean tissue and place it in a waste container and not the pew.

  • If you need to cough please cough in the inside of your elbow.

  • There will be no handshaking, hugging, embraces, or kissing. Greet one another with a distant ‘Hi.’

  • It has been advised to practice social distancing which means we should sit one person apart in the pews. The balcony will be open so that we can spread out.

  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer to church and use frequently if needed. Especially after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

We will update this list if necessary and evaluate worship services as things develop. We are thinking proactively to protect our church community. You should also adopt these guidelines at home. Please wipe down doors, chairs, light switches and bathrooms frequently. Also, car door handles and steering wheels. The best prevention is to wash your hands after touching shared surfaces and your phones. Do not eat unless you wash your hands. The virus can live on the surface for 2 hours to 9 days.

Above all trust that God will take care and keep us through this trying time. But don't forget faith without works is dead! Stay vigilant, follow the guidelines and advisories from the CDC, and WASH YOUR HANDS!

 

God Bless,

 

Rev. Dr. John E, Gray

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