Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Your physical and spiritual health are important to Epiphany Lutheran Church. We’re using this page to share status updates about Epiphany’s response to the situation. 

Wednesday, March 18, Noon

Pastors begin an online, midweek, midday study called Get Together in the Middle on Wednesdays at Noon on Epiphany’s YouTube Channel at youtube.com/c/EpiphanyDayton
 
Pastors announce that Epiphany will follow the advice of the Southern Ohio Synod by not meeting for worship for eight weeks. The buildings will remain closed for the eight-week time-frame. 

Friday, March 13, 1:30 p.m.

Epiphany’s Worship and Building Closure in Response to COVID-19

Epiphany’s buildings at both campuses, and fields at the Austin Campus, are closed until further notice.
 
Epiphany will not hold public worship services, but we will live stream the 10:30 a.m. service each Sunday on our YouTube Channel.
 
Epiphany Lutheran Preschool is closed through April 5. Contact Director Heather Phillips with questions.
 
Epiphany’s Morning Care is closed through April 5. Contact Director Tonya Johns with questions.
 
Do not fear, for I am with you,
    do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
 
–Isaiah 41:10

Thursday, March 12, 1 p.m.

Morning Care Plan for Potential School Closing

 

Good Afternoon,

There is a lot of uncertainty right now about what the school districts will do regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our plan at Morning Care is to follow Centerville City Schools. If Centerville Schools close due to the virus, Morning Care will close.

We will continue to pay our Morning Care teachers. If you are so moved, we would welcome any donations to help defer the cost of their wages.

While we are still in session, please know that we are doing our best to clean and disinfect daily, and as needed throughout the day. We continue to practice and teach proper handwashing, and we ask that children who are sick do not attend.

Obviously, this is not an ideal situation, however, we will stick to our policy and follow Centerville City School’s lead. We pray for good health for all our staff, students and their families. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Tonya Johns

Director, Epiphany Lutheran Morning Care

937-750-6317

www.epiphanydayton.org

Thursday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.

Epiphany Lutheran Preschool Plan for Potential School Closing

 

Good Morning,

There is a lot of uncertainty right now about what the school districts will do regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our plan at ELP is to follow Centerville City Schools. If Centerville Schools close due to the virus, ELP will close.

We will continue to pay our preschool teachers, therefore billing will occur as usual. However, after we know how many days we were not in attendance, you can ask for your tuition to be prorated.

While we are still in session, please know that we are doing our best to clean and disinfect daily and as needed throughout the day. We continue to practice and teach proper handwashing, and we ask that children who are sick do not attend.

Obviously this is not an ideal situation, however, we will stick to our policy and follow Centerville’s lead. We pray for good health for all of our staff, students and their families. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Heather Phillips

Director, Epiphany Lutheran Preschool

937-433-8715

www.epiphanydayton.org

Thursday, March 5, 6 a.m.

Protocols for the Coronavirus

 
Because we care, I want to take a moment to cover the topic of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) as it affects our church community.
The Ohio Department of Health recommends the following precautions. Click HERE to download a PDF of these precautions. Please share them with your loved ones.
 
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
• Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds or longer).
• Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands.
• Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
• Clean and disinfect ‘high-touch’ surfaces often.
• Call before visiting your doctor.
• Practice good hygiene habits.
It is also recommended to get the flu vaccine if you have not already done so as the flu can mimic symptoms of the Coronavirus.
For Epiphany worship services and other gatherings:
• • When greeting each other and passing the peace, let’s refrain from shaking hands.
• If you are serving communion, please wash your hands before the service, in addition to using the antibacterial before serving.
• If you are ill, please stay home.
• If you are unable to make it to worship services, please watch live on Epiphany’s YouTube channel.
• If you are unable to make it to a worship service, you may also continue to give while you’re away.
• Give Online
• Give+ Text
• Mail a check.

For more information, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.
Or the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
 

 

Pastor Charlie Woodward, Senior Pastor

www.epiphanydayton.org