Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Policy Area: Facilities
Subject: Safety
Revised: March 19, 2020

Infectious Diseases Policy – Version 1.3

 

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Gloria Dei desires to meet the spiritual needs of everyone who comes to church seeking worship, fellowship, and spiritual growth. While everyone is welcome, there are necessary precautions established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize the risk of spreading communicable diseases.

Standard Precautions
The CDC has established a set of standard precautions for handling blood or bodily fluids to minimize the risk of spreading infectious diseases. These guidelines are to be followed by all employees and volunteers with potential exposure to these fluids. Bodily fluids include saliva, spit, urine, feces, nasal discharge, discharge from open skin sores, sweat, and tears.
  1. Gloves must be worn before touching blood and bodily fluids, non-intact skin, cuts, and open sores or handling items and surfaces soiled with blood and bodily
  2. Hands and skin surfaces should be washed immediately after exposure to blood and bodily fluids. Handwashing with germicidal soap is essential to prevent the spread of
  3. Any surface that may have been contaminated shall be cleaned with germicidal
  4. All contaminated cleanup materials, including gloves, shall be disposed of in sealed plastic trash bags and place in a larger trash
  5. All wounds on employees, volunteers, and guests that have not formed a scab must be

 

Church Precautions
In addition to the standard precautions, we have implemented the following precautions in order to prevent/slow the spread of communicable diseases, in particular, the coronavirus:
  1. If you are ill, please stay home. You should not come to church until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medications. Many services and studies are available via livestream or recorded and posted on our website
  2. Social distancing practices should be used during outbreaks/peak illness times. This includes limiting exposure to other people and not hugging or shaking hands. We are encouraging all staff, members, and volunteers to greet each other without physical
  3. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building on the walls via touchless dispensers or in pump bottles. Our sanitizer contains 70% alcohol, which is within CDC guidelines. Our bathroom soap is anti-bacterial.
  4. Classrooms and other areas will be cleaned with disinfectant spray/wipes after each event, including door handles, pews, water fountains, and check-in stations. We are increasing the frequency of our facility cleaning to ensure high-touch areas are consistently and thoroughly disinfected.
  5. All individuals involved in food preparation and service will begin by thoroughly washing their hands. This includes worship
  6. We have also enacted a suspension of communion and have moved our offering practice to placing money in the baskets directly at the front of the worship
Member and Visitor Precautions
We recommend, along with many others, that you personally can and should take simple preventive measures, as recommended by health officials:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60%
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, including your cell phone, using a regular household cleaning spray and wipe
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Immediately discard the tissue in the
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and
  • These tips are essential for every individual and particularly those in the highest-risk groups, i.e. adults over the age of 70 or those with pre-existing health
Church Childcare Precautions
We have also implemented the following precautions in our children’s ministry.
  1. Children with uncovered weeping sores or biting behaviors will be returned to their parents or guardians.
  2. Adult caregivers with open sores on their hands will wear protective
  3. Toys that have been used by a child will be placed in a separate bin to be cleaned at the end of the
  4. Toileting children with poor hygiene should be done by an adult who is wearing gloves. Gloves should be disposed of immediately in a covered
  5. Employees and volunteers who have contagious illnesses or potentially contagious illnesses should refrain from children’s ministry work.
  6. A location will be designated for materials related to the cleanup of blood or bodily
Parents:
Children’s ministry workers consider the well-being of your child a sacred trust. In the best interest of children and works, we request that individuals with contagious illnesses or potentially contagious illnesses, whether they are children or ministry workers, refrain from participating in children’s ministry areas at the church.
Symptoms Include:
  • Fever above 100 degrees taken orally (must be normal for 24 hours before participating)
  • Discharge from ears or eyes
  • Skin lesions that blister
  • Undiagnosed rashes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting several hours during the past 24 hours
  • Excessive signs of cold, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or coughing – any highly contagious disease such as chicken pox or pink eye
Pandemic Ministry Continuation
In the event of a Stage 6 Pandemic when social isolation is required, Gloria Dei will decide if events will be cancelled or made available in a different way. Options may include: Livestream, recorded messages posted online, etc. Church staff will be available via email or phone.
Privacy
  • The church is sensitive to privacy interests and will share health information on a “need to know” basis. The church will also comply with any federal, state, or local law that requires reporting of health information to regulatory authorities and will otherwise release information as required by law.
Ongoing Vigilance and Updates
We will continue to monitor guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and the Emergency Management Department of Polk County. Additionally, we are in contact with our insurance company, Brotherhood Mutual, and are aware of what other local churches are doing in response. We will proactively review and update this policy as new information is made available. This is a fluid situation and the staff at Gloria Dei, along with the Governing Board, are focused on enacting plans and policies that ensure the safety of everyone to the best of our ability.
Based on new White House/CDC guidance, as well as the March 17th directive from Governor Reynolds, to have no more than ten people gathering together, we are canceling all church activities and events through the end of March. We will re-evaluate as we get closer to April. Our office is closed but you are still welcome to contact us via phone or email and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Additionally, in line with Urbandale Schools, Tiny Treasures is closed through April 12.
We will livestream Wednesday Lent service at 6:30pm, in addition to our normal weekend livestreaming at 5PM on Saturday and 9 and 10:30AM on Sunday mornings. We will continue to adhere to regulatory guidance that helps this pandemic reach its conclusion as quickly as possible. Our desire is to be cautious and care for our members and to not be fearful in our reactions.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27

Contact Us

Church Office at 515-276-1700 or office@gdlc.church
Pastor Joe Meyer: joe.meyer@gdlc.church
Pastor Ben Johnson: ben.johnson@gdlc.church
Pastor Tim Phillips: tim.phillips@gdlc.church