With Easter right around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our in-person outdoor joint service this coming weekend! I have been so encouraged and blessed to see more and more of our people come to our outdoor services in March and pray that it has been a blessing to those who have been able to attend as well.
As we enter into the second quarter of this year, I have encouraging news to share. After much prayer and consideration amongst our leaders, increasing participation at our outdoor services in March, as well as increasing availability of vaccines to the general public, we are taking the next step in our COVID-19 recovery plan by moving into recovery stage YELLOW, effective April 5, 2021. Our YELLOW stage has multiple phases of returning back to in person gatherings and our first phase includes:
- Scheduling regular in-person worship gatherings on the weekend – starting in April, our English congregation (Meta) will transition from pre-recorded worship services to live-streaming our weekly Saturday in-person worship services at 11am in the gym. We pray that this will be an encouraging next step for our people as we take steps towards returning to in-person worship services. Our Chinese congregations will have their next in-person service on Sat, 4/17 at 1:30p (Cantonese) and 4p (Mandarin) in the gym
- Opening large rooms in the church building for ministry gatherings, such as small group gatherings and fellowship time. Not all rooms are available at this time to be reserved so we kindly ask that you use our room reservation system to schedule those meetings so we can manage the number of people present at our facility at one time. We know for many of our people, being able to meeting in person again makes a world of difference as we strive to welcome sojourners home to the joy of following Jesus together.
Currently, all COVID-19 protocols at our church building continue to be in place (masks required and social distancing) and specific guidance on conducting ministry indoors during this phase for ministry and event leaders will be available shortly.
As we look to the months ahead, I am particularly excited about a couple more milestones that will help pave our way back home to W: 1) our annual Unity Sunday service on Sunday, 6/6 and 2) our 30th Anniversary Celebration Sunday on Sunday, 8/29. Save these dates on these two momentous occasions as we continue to walk by faith in this journey ahead.
May the Lord continue to strengthen you during this time and give you faith to persevere as we pray for the end of this pandemic!
He is Risen,
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: December 4, 2020 9:30 a.m. CDT
WHAT IS WHCC DOING?
WHCC will continue to address questions and concerns through regular communications and additions to the FAQ section of this page.
WHY CONTINUE TO MEET IN YELLOW AND ORANGE STAGES?
In-person Service Information
WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO ENSURE THE FACILITY IS SAFE FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
While our building has been closed, we have been making several upgrades to our facility to reduce the risk of disease transmission in order to welcome you back! We have:
- Upgraded our HVAC units to include UV light disinfection and MERV-13 filters
- Converted all of our faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers to touchless units
- Installed additional touchless hand sanitizers around our facility
- Installed sneeze guards at critical locations where social distancing is not possible
- Set up temperature check points upon entry
- Set up a single flow of traffic with designated entry and exit doors to minimize cross traffic flow
- Rearranged our sanctuary seating to allow for more aisles to access seats
- Activated an online seating reservation system with social distancing rules to allow worshippers to select their seats before they come to worship
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHO CAN ATTEND?
We know that many are eager to return and attend. We miss you as well! However, since we are still living through a pandemic, we are encouraging the following groups of people to prayerfully consider not attending the in-person service at this time, and to join our online services on Sunday morning if you:
- Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath
- Have been in close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past two weeks of the service date
- Are immunocompromised
- Are over the age of 65 years of age
HOW CAN I PREPARE TO ATTEND THE IN-PERSON SERVICE?
As you prayerfully consider and prepare to attend the in-person service, we kindly ask that you:
- Select your seats through our TouchPoint reservation system
- Read our Health Screening Questions and check the box to inform us that you have read the questions
- After registration is complete, please expect a confirmation email containing the special service QRC and your seat number. Please save this email or print and bring it to WHCC on the day of the service. Max attendance is set at 100 so we encourage you to register early!
- Check your email inbox two days before the service for a reminder with a welcome message, your ticket and seat info, and our health screening questions for you to self-administer before coming to church. If you meet any of the conditions listed, we kindly request that you do not attend.
- Coming to Service
- Park in the back parking lot. The back entrance will be the only entrance available for the in-person service
- Wear a mask upon entering the back entrance doors
- Maintain social distancing of six feet while waiting in lines
- Scan your QRC at the check-in table
- Submit to a temperature check
- Put on the wristband signifying you have passed the check-in points
- Follow the directional arrows on the floor to enter the sanctuary
- Wear a mask the entire time you and your family are in the sanctuary
- Follow the directional arrows on the floor to exit the church building back into the back parking lot
- We appreciate your prayers and cooperation as we take steps forward in restarting our in-person services! If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you in a timely manner
General COVID-19 Information
WHAT IS COVID-19?
What is COVID-19, and how does it spread?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses from the CDC website transmission page.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?
What does it mean to self-monitor?
According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider.
How can I protect myself from the virus?
Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website. Take care of yourself by doing the following:
- Wash your hands often 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Should I wear a mask?
If you are healthy, you only need to wear a face mask while you are in a room taking care of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Those who are coughing or sneezing should also consider wearing a mask to protect others. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Where should I avoid travel?
CDC provides travel notices and makes recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at on the CDC website travel page.
- Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
- Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
- Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
However, at this time, we are asking that if you have traveled internationally or to any domestic cities with community spread within the last 14 days, please self-isolate at home upon returning before returning to church. (See below).
What does it mean to self-isolate?
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from foreign travel or from a domestic city with community spread, you should stay off campus and remain home for 14 days.
Please follow these guidelines for self-quarantine:
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
- Stay in your room. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.