Cypress Response to COVID-19
I’d like to give you some information on the steps we are taking at Cypress in response to the issue that has the attention of the world at this moment in time…coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our elders have prioritized two things:
The health and well-being of our Cypress Tribe
Being a voice of hope and faith in the midst of fear and uncertainty
With these priorities in place, we will continue to make decisions about Cypress gatherings which are well informed and demonstrate courage.
At this point in time, in our county of almost one million people, there have been two known and reported cases. Not to say this doesn’t deserve our attention and should not be taken seriously as we have seen else where in the world, things can change and change quickly. Our facilities are being professionally cleaned each week and we are providing hand sanitizer stations around our campus. And when communion is served (on Good Friday) the elements will be in a pre-packaged form during this time rather than in open trays.
We currently plan on continuing to offer our full slate of worship services and gathering opportunities and will do so unless mandated otherwise by governing authorities or our Elders determine that such is in the best interests of the people of Cypress. If you have been advised by your physician to avoid social contact due to a compromised immune system (or if you have made that choice for yourself) then please avail yourself to watching the 11 AM Sunday service on Facebook Live. And if you are not feeling well or showing flu-like symptoms then for the sake of others please also watch the service from home on Facebook Live.
With all the cable TV talk, social media posts, and coffee shop theory-mongering going on it can be hard to know who to listen to and how to best respond. If you are interested in some reliable information you can read the briefing from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Let’s be a voice of hope and grace at this time when hope and grace are so needed.
All this said, wheels were set in motion over a month ago for us to send out direct mail pieces to 9000 homes inviting them to Cypress for Easter. So well communities speak of “social distancing” they will receive a “come on in” invite from us…how is that for interesting timing? As one of our elders said: “Maybe it’s perfect timing…we’re drowning in bad news these days, I think this mailer will cause people to either step in at Cypress or watch us online and it will be just the good news they need to hear.”