Resources, Virtual Coffee Hours, and a Reflection from GBCS
-Resources to use and share for those facing financial strain from the effects of the stay-at-home order
-We are experimenting with a virtual coffee hour this Sunday! Information for how to download the necessary software or join via telephone are included below
-A message reflecting on the wilderness of our season was sent from the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). Her words were a blessing to me and I hope you too will find something within her reflections.
As always, if you are in need of ANYTHING (resources, prayer, toilet paper), please contact the office (909) 986-6641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Financial Strain
Find below links with information on available resources for those struggling to pay rent, pay employees, etc. The advice given is the responsibility of the authors of the original articles, though I have done my best to pull from reputable sources.
Statewide Moratorium on Evictions If you are having issues with paying rent during the pandemic, I am providing the link to the Executive Order from Governor Gavin Newsom. The moratorium ended May 31, 2020, so I will post the update as soon as it comes out. https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.27.20-EO-N-37-20.pdf
|Masks Available |
Several weeks ago, members of our “The People Called Methodists” class lifted up the following section from the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church while discussing whether or not Christians should wear masks in public. The Social Principles are ethical standards our denomination holds for all members.
“Health is a condition of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. John 10:10b says, “I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” Stewardship of health is the responsibility of each person to whom health has been entrusted. Creating the personal, environmental, and social conditions in which health can thrive is a joint responsibility—public and private.”
As an act of love grounded in our faith, we encourage everyone to wear masks when you are in public for the preventative care of all people. We know Covid-19 can be spread by individuals without symptoms. Therefore wearing a mask is not something we do because we fear the virus, but rather a choice to care for those around you by preventing the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people. Wearing a mask is a public declaration that we value all human life.
Thanks to a generous donation from a member of the Upland First UMC community, we have masks available for those in the congregation who may need them. We want to be good stewards of this gift. We know many have been able to make masks or have acquired a store by some other means. As people begin to venture out of their homes in the days and weeks to come, we encourage all to remain vigilant not just for personal health, but for the health of the entire community.
Plus, the sooner we can eradicate this virus, the sooner we can all be together in person for worship again.
|If you are in need of supplies, prayer, or other resources, please contact the church office.|
Places to get tested for Covid-19- Please call before going to any of these places, some may require an appointments.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Community COVID-19 testing sites are being held throughout San Bernardino County. Samples will be collected using a swab in the nostril or in the mouth. These samples are then sent to a lab to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS‑CoV‑2 virus).Frequently Asked Questions on Testing
COUNTY TESTING SITES
The following are indoor testing sites hosted by San Bernardino County and are open to the general public by appointment only, Monday – Friday (unless otherwise noted). No symptoms are required and testing is FREE. You will be asked for health insurance information when registering so that your insurance is billed directly. You will not be charged a co-pay or share of cost for the test. If you do not have insurance or do not want to provide it, you will still get tested. All clients are required to wear a face covering during the appointment.
Verify testing center info before going.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Medical Center · Pomona, CA · (909) 865-9500 COVID-19 testing center Appointment required·Referral required·Tests limited to certain patients
Los Angeles County Drive-Up Testing Site: Pomona Fairplex Medical laboratory · Pomona, CA · (909) 623-3111 COVID-19 testing center Appointment required·Referral required·Tests limited to certain patients·Drive-through Instructions: Gate 17 (Fairplex and McKinley) To determine testing eligibility, please visit http://coronavirus.lacity.org/testingMoreMinuteClinicMedical clinic