Update on Covid-19
As all of you are aware, everyone is wrestling with how to respond appropriately to the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus. The staff and leadership at UCC Medfield are discussing the issue on a daily basis. We have activated a team from the church to advise us about best practices and how to respond to the changing situation. The team consists of Dr. Angie Frank, Critical Care Pulmonologist at Mass General Hospital; Dr. Saverio Maviglia, Hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital; Christy Barney, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Infectious Disease Control at Faulkner Hospital; Dr. Mathieu Bermingham, Child Psychiatrist, Steve Carlson, Church Moderator, Kevin Stoddard, Board Member, and Pastor Phil.
Last evening, we met to discuss the impact of Covid-19 at UCC Medfield and how to proceed with upcoming services and events that will respect the seriousness of the risk. The word that comes to mind that captures how we are attempting to respond is “prudence.” We want to act in a prudent way. I am reminded of Jesus teaching that we should “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” So, this is the goal of all our deliberations and responses.
To that end, we have decided that the most prudent course of action for this Sunday is to cancel the Potluck O'the Irish Brunch that we have scheduled as well as coffee hour. We will have our regular worship service Sunday morning. However, we recommend that if you are sick, have a compromised immune system, are over 60, or do not feel comfortable attending the service, that you stay at home. We place the sermons on the web site as audio files so you will be able to hear the sermon if you remain at home.
We expect the number of infections to continue to increase over the next several weeks/months and think it is likely that we will not meet for worship at the church at some point as a result. If the Medfield Public Schools close, we decided that we should follow suit and not hold worship. We are discussing ways that we can continue to minister to people as well as continue small groups using social media.
Since the infection rates of and responses to Covid-19 are fluid, we will keep the congregation updated through email as well as direct phone calls for those who don’t use email. Updates will also be posted on our website and can be found at https://www.uccmedfield.org/coronavirus-response.html. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions regarding future events and worship as we receive new information.
Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea…” As followers of Jesus, the source of our hope, we can face this pandemic with trust in the God who calls us by name; find ways to serve those in need; and act prudently caring for our families, our congregation, others, and ourselves, and pray: for those fighting the coronavirus, healthcare workers involved in treating the infected, and for an end to the pandemic.
Pastor Phil and Steve Carlson