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Updated Guidelines for Oregon Conference Entities Regarding COVID-19

Updated Guidelines for Oregon Conference Entities Regarding COVID-19

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It’s All About Jesus! The mission of Oregon Conference churches and schools is to focus on Jesus in all things, knowing, loving, and serving Jesus and others as we share Jesus with the world. Sometimes, that feels challenging. Yet our communities need the peace that Jesus brings even more today than ever as we address the COVID-19 pandemic together. 
 
That’s why the Oregon Conference is committed to cooperating with the guidelines of local health authorities and government agencies to promote the public health and wellness of our communities. We are especially concerned for those who are most at risk for severe complications of COVID-19. 

Here’s what to expect from Oregon Conference Entities:
 

Churches 

UPDATE APRIL 10, 2020- CHURCH IS STILL OPEN, ALL IN-PERSON GATHERINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 17. READ MORE HERE.

Do to the public health risk, Oregon Conference churches are closed for all events until May 17, except for live-streamed worship services that need a small production crew. Even in this case, proper physical-distancing is expected.

It’s as important as ever that our spiritual communities rally together to care for each other, even when personal contact is discouraged. That’s why we’re encouraging creative ways for churches to continue ministry by: 
• Making plans to care for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the elderly and others who are at-risk groups. 
• Continuing some form of online or live-stream worship experience. undefined
• Moving ministry meetings online. 
• Promoting proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning. 
• Following environmental cleaning guidelines. (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently) 
• Encouraging volunteers and leaders of ministry to self-screen for symptoms of illness daily. 

We are here as Seventh-day Adventist Christians to care for people by finding ways to meet spiritual, physical and emotional needs. 


Schools 

The Oregon Conference Department of Education has been in close contact with all Oregon Conference Schools to monitor and evaluate the public health concerns related to our school communities. 

UPDATED 4-10-20- Oregon Conference School buildings will be closed through the remainder of the academic year to align with Governor Brown's executive order. Teachers will still provide the best of online instruction to our students.


 


Conference Office 

Oregon Conference is actively monitoring and evaluating public health risks and concerns to provide timely, relevant guidance to churches, schools and ministries. 

All staff who are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. The building is closed to the public until further notice. Department ministry events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online until further notice.


Camp Meeting 

Gladstone Camp Meeting is going virtual. While we won’t be meeting at Gladstone this year, we are planning an interactive online experience that will be a blessing to all who participate.

Stay tuned to the website and other outlets to learn more about Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

For those who have camp reservations, you can roll over your reservation to 2021 or request a refund. Reservation holders should have already received an email with instructions.


Personal Prevention Habits 

Every day, we learn more about this virus. And the best defense is still personal prevention. We’re glad to remind you of the following habits to reduce the spread of the coronavirus: 

Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
• Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others 
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. 
               If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow. 
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch. 
• Boost your immunity through everyday healthy habits (see NEWSTART and CREATION Life resources) 
• Trust in God.

Please keep our entire faith community in prayer as we navigate these challenging times together.

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