We wanted to provide OSWLC member with information regarding the novel coronavirus. The most important thing to know as it relates to staying informed is that this is an emerging global outbreak and the information can change on a daily basis. What is critical is the prevention measures you can take to stay healthy. The Loudoun County Health Department is highly encouraging residents to visit the CDC website or the Virginia Health Department website for the latest information. Please see below for detailed information.
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019)
The Loudoun County Health Department encourages residents to stay informed about the novel coronavirus situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”) first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
For the latest information on the situation, including answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-2019 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends against all non-essential travel to China. The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For questions, contact the Loudoun County Health Department at:
- 703-771-5829 or
You don’t need to look far these days to read or hear about how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives. I pray none of you or your family members have been affected. For those who will be, rest assured that our church family will be there for you with prayers and help when you need it, because at Our Savior’s Way, we do life together, in good times and in bad.
At a time like this, with illness spreading and the stock market crashing, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is money! That said, between mandatory and voluntarily shutdowns and the need for social distancing to combat the spread of the virus, nonprofit organizations across the country are beginning to experience cash flow challenges due to declining receipts and donations. Our church is no exception. Already, declining worship donations and revenues from the school are forcing the finance committee to consider actions to sustain cash flow that we would not ordinarily consider, and which could potentially impact our ability to sustain some critical ministries in the future. If there were ever a moment for a church treasurer to make an appeal to the congregation, that moment is now. Even as we are all anxious about our personal health and safety, our church needs your financial help during these difficult times.
How can you help? I recommend using Pushpay, our online digital giving solution by clicking HERE or use your smartphone and text "OSWLC Give" to 77977. I tried it this weekend and it only took me about 2 minutes to set it up and make my first digital donation to OSWLC using my credit card as a source (it also lets you link your bank account). Using Pushpay, you can give a one-time donation, or set up recurring donations. Digital donations have several great advantages. For donors it means that bad weather, illnesses, quarantines, vacations, and other events that prevent you from attending church, won’t prevent you from giving regularly. No more checks to write; no more envelopes to seal. For the church, digital donations provide a more reliable and sustainable way to obtain donations and predict future cash flow with greater confidence, which is a true benefit for budgeting and making commitments to ministries.
How much should you give? Search your heart and ask God to guide you. Sacrificial giving, the only kind that really matters, means giving up something else. What will you sacrifice for the survival of our church and to honor the Lord? As long as the pandemic and preventative measures continue, our church will need additional support to continue ministry. All I ask is that you give my request prayerful consideration and respond as soon as possible with whatever resources you can give back to God for the many blessings he has bestowed on you and yours. Grace and peace to all of you during these difficult times. As my father liked to say, “tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Yours In Christ,
Our Saviors Way Lutheran Church
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