AND EMMAUS CHURCH
Greetings to you!
We are all aware of our nation and world latest news of the COVID-19 or commonly known as the “CORONAVIRUS”. It is no understatement to say that the church faces a great challenge in the recent outbreak of COVID-19. First reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, the coronavirus has shut down cities in Iran, Italy, and South Korea and is currently spreading in the United States.
The virus has made an impact on our world from international travel to the global markets. Businesses and industries are experiencing declining attendance, customers, and revenue. The church will not be immune from these impacts.
Plans have been put in place from the White House, states and local communities, to sporting and other events that will have a large group of people gathering.
And we at Emmaus Church, are also taking steps to ensure the safety of all who attend our Sunday worship service.
Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Therefore, we will continue our worship Sunday service. UNLESS WE ARE INSTRUCTED BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. (See Below for Details). Or we as leadership agree to temporarily close our church for the sake of public health reasons.
BUT WE WILL NOT WALK IN FEAR, BUT FAITH!
Below is information that will be helpful for not only us at Emmaus Church, but also family and friends, co-workers alike. Remember, we are the Church of Jesus Christ and every crisis is an opportunity to turn people to Christ.
IN HIS NAME
Pastor and Minister Ligon
Temporary Closure of Church Services
The U.S. government has the right to shut down church services of a certain size. According to the Centers for Disease Control on February 8, 2020:
Public health orders are legally enforceable directives issued under the authority of a relevant federal, state, or local entity that, when applied to a person or group, may place restrictions on the activities undertaken by that person or group, potentially including movement restrictions or a requirement for monitoring by a public health authority, for the purposes of protecting the public’s health.
 
Federal, state, or local public health orders may be issued to enforce isolation, quarantine or conditional release. The list of quarantinable communicable diseases for which federal public health orders are authorized is defined by Executive Order and includes “severe acute respiratory syndromes.” COVID-19 meets the definition for “severe acute respiratory syndromes” as set forth in Executive Order 13295, as amended by Executive Order 13375 and 13674, and, therefore, is a federally quarantinable communicable disease.
When a federally quarantinable communicable disease is threatening public health, one of the first places evaluated is “congregate settings.” According to the CDC, “congregate settings are public places where close contact with others may occur. Congregate settings include settings such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, and schools and other classroom settings.” Churches are not in that list, but they definitely fit the criteria of “congregate settings” and may be required to practice social distancing.
The CDC further explains:
Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. If social distancing is recommended, presence in congregate settings should only occur with approval of local or state health authorities.
COMMUNICATION
In the event we are unable to meet on Sundays. We will send updated information by way of the following:
        Church Group Text
        E-Mail
Phone Calls
Emmaus website
Please make sure you have sign up for our group text and that we have a good email address and phone number.
PLEASE SEE OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM.
 
ONLINE SERVICE
 
In the event we are unable to meet on Sundays. We will hold our services online.
 
ZOOM.US
YOUTUBE
FACEBOOKLIVE
 
We will also audio record the service in which you can listen on this website. 
 
 
GIVING
 
In the event we are unable to meet on Sundays.
 
Online giving is in place on this website, along with the following;
 
SQUARE
 
CASH APP
 
PLEASE SEE OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM.
CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
 
 Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene around your building where they are likely to be seen.
 
 Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by everyone.
Instruct people to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60–95% alcohol.
 
Or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. (Sing Happy Birthday song twice)
Provide alcohol-based hand rubs at entryways.
 
Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained.