Please join us online this weekend as Pastors John and Todd bring another powerful message in our sermon series "Game Over". Online services are available Saturday, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:20, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
A brief online communion service will also be available at noon via Zoom. Please contact Rev. Betsy Godbold for link information.
Useful Tips regarding COVID-19:
The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (RNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mixture with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, by breaking it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and thatdamages your skin.
NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WORKS. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibiotics cannot kill what is not alive.
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is stuck to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only after around 3 hours (fabric and porous), But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
4 hours (copper and wood)
24 hours (cardboard)
42 hours (metal) and
72 hours (plastic).
The virus molecules remain very stable in the cold air both outdoor ambient or artificial, as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and thrive best in darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
UV LIGHT on any object that will break down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask, uv light is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, desks, tables, counters, remote controls, cell phones, watches, computers, etc. And when using the bathroom.
Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
There is a lot of information on coronavirus and on this website, but the most important things you can do is to please wash your hands often (at least 20 seconds, sing "Happy Birthday"twice while washing your hands for a good estimate of time) with soap and water. Use a paper towel to open the bathroom door; therefore decreasing the possibility of picking up germs from a door handle. Sneeze into a tissue if possible; if not bend your arm and sneeze into your arm. The goal is to keep respiratory droplets from spreading.
Be aware of fever, cough, shortness of breath. Please stay home if you have a fever. Contact your Dr. if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. If you have not gotten a flu shot, it is not too late . I would encourage you to do so.
Again, let us pass along these reminders:
Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 to 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands
Stay away from sick people (and stay home if you’re sick - except to get medical care)
Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes (and throw tissues away)
Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that are touched a lot
To protect others, put on a facemask if you are sick or taking care of someone who is sick. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask.
What do I do if I think I have Coronavirus?
Stay home (except to get medical care). Call your doctor right away for advice and minimize contact with others.
If you have shortness of breath, call 911 immediately.
For more information concerning this ongoing situation, please refer to any of the following sources:
Protect Yourself From Coronavirus Grocery Shopping
If you are greater than 60, it is recommended that you do not go to the grocery store. Do not go if you have any respiratory illness, new or underlying. If you do go to the store, hand washing and social distancing are key. Have a shopping plan. Minimize time spent in the store and try to buy 2 weeks of groceries at a time. Touch as few articles as possible, including canned goods, boxed goods, plastic containers. Wash down counters after setting items on them ( soap and water/ disinfectants). Wash hands after opening a container. Information seems to change often, so, if in doubt, wash hands and sanitize.
Listing of Grocery Stores with Senior Shopping Hours
To keep seniors safe from coronavirus — and to ensure they get the items they need — many U.S. grocers have made special senior shopping hours.
These reserved times mostly take place during the markets’ first hour of business. Senior shoppers should pay attention to each store’s requirements and bring a valid form of identification. The following stores offer senior-only shopping hours. We’ll keep this list updated.
Thank you for those of you who have shared valuable information on how to make your own hand sanitizer. Combine in a bowl: 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (99 % isopropyl alcohol) 1/3 cup aloe vera gel Stir. Decant into a clean soap or pump bottle.
A cleaning option is to put straight hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to spray countertops, table tops, surfaces, etc.
Testing Centers for Southlake/Keller and surrounding areas
It is very important to stay vigilant during this time as scammers and hackers seem to like to come out of the woodwork to take advantage our general panic.
A few items to be on the lookout for:
Text messages from financial institutions asking you to click on a link to resolve a problem with your account. (i.e. "Your card has been locked. Go to any url that isn't secure "http"") Your financial institution will never ask you to click on a link. They will ask you to call them regarding the matter instead.
Watch for criminals claiming to provide medical guidance, investment opportunities or a safe place to transfer or keep money using COVID-19 as a cover story.
We're also coming into tax season which tends to bring out the scammers as well. Please exercise extreme caution online.
A good rule of thumb... if it feels like it could be a scam or is suspicious, listen to your gut! Don't answer messages coming from your accounts unless you initiated the conversation.