TO HELP WEATHER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The following is  a compilation of authoritative current sources of information on the continuing  COVID-19 pandemic and the response of the church. Please recognize that this is a work in progress, the goal of which is to make useful information to you as soon after it is available to us.  Parts of the site may not work from time to time as we update information. We will do our best to minimize the downtime. Please check back.

From Dahlgren United Methodist Church

Information for members, and our extended church family and friends and the community on what we are striving to do as a church to help in this time of crisis.

Link to Pastor’s Corner

with the latest videos of Sunday messages, Bible Studies, and other thoughts and meditations from Pastor Tom.

Effective 2 August Dahlgren UMC is Reopening for In Person Worship

We’re excited to announce that Dahlgren United Methodist Church has successfully negotiated a critical step in opening the Church to in-person worship and activities.  This involved formation of a Health Church Team (HCT) and development of a plan for meeting the requirements of the VA State directives and VA Conference Guidance.  The Relaunch plan was approved this past Thursday, 8 July.  This plan allows us to begin taking steps toward practical implementation.  After discussion in the Administrative Council, we have set a target of being able to demonstrate we meet the requirements to obtain approval of the District Superintendent in time to hold in-place Worship on Sunday, August 2nd.

The church is going to need everyone’s cooperation and help to make this a reality. To get an idea of what’s involved you can access the DUMC Relaunch Plan Here.

Our understanding of the disease and the course of the pandemic is still limited. We can expect guidance and direction from both the State and the Conference to evolve to minimize the risk to individuals and the larger community DUMC serves. (The plan approved by the District Superintendent does not reflect substantive changes announced by Bishop Lewis on 9 July, 2020.)

The actual risks vary dramatically depending on the individual and local conditions. We can expect guidance will evolve as more is learned about why individuals and localities with the same apparent characteristics experience such disparate impact from the pandemic.

Personal and community risk vary widely from person-to-person and locality. Thus, the decision to attend or not attend in-person worship and other activities at DUMC is a personal responsibility, based on such considerations as:

Their own age and health and that of members of their their household, and extended circle of regular contacts.

The number, frequency and extent (geographic area and types of activity) that characterize your immediate household’s activities.

Situational awareness of current local statistics statistics and trends in the pandemic for that area.


The DUMC team has put a great deal of thought and effort into ensuring everyone’s safety.  Check this video to see what you can expect.

Virginia Conference Guidance and Resources

Virginia Conference Coronavirus2020

Portal for access to FAQ, official conference guidance, and letters from Bishop Lewis.

GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH CARE INFORMATION

Sources of regularly update and authoritative information on the progression of the pandemic and national responses.

National Resources

CDC Portal

A portal to comprehensive information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated regularly.

Virginia

Virginia State Health Department COVID Web Site

A portal with links to comprehensive information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with current statistics on State/Regional outbreaks.

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EQUALLY IMPORTANT, INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Check this section regularly for links to information on what are being proposed as good personal practices for avoiding infection.

Do it Yourself Masks

DIY masks, used properly provide a significant level of protection. Below are links a pattern and instructions making a mask, and a link to a video providing specific advice on their proper use and disposal.

Pattern for DIY Mask [Notes:Downloaded from Mary Washington Health Care Web Site. CDC advises use of hottest water setting and thoroughly drying potentially contaminated laundry.  ]
WHO Information on Proper Use of Masks