Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

NSBC CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
March 27, 2020

As New Samaritan closely monitors the progress of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout our nation
and region, steps are being taken to prepare for any potential impact. We are praying for those who
may be affected by the virus and for God’s protection over all of us. Please partner with us in this
prayer as well as in taking practical measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.
As of March 24, 2020, the District of Columbia has mandated a ban for gatherings of over 10
individuals. More information is available at Mayor.dc.gov.

Update: STREAMING SERVICES
As we continue to follow the mandates of local jurisdictions and guidance from the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) to practice social distancing, our Sunday Morning Worship experience will be
streamed rather than us coming together in the sanctuary. We invite you to worship from wherever
you are via live streaming from the NewSamaritan.org website and Facebook.  Please demonstrate
your commitment to your Church and Pastor by maintaining your giving via our website, Text2Give &
traditional mail.

On Wednesdays, join Bishop Kelsey for our First 15 Power Call at 7:15 a.m. on Facebook, Instagram
& on our NEW conference call number (978.990.5000; code-2200821#). In the evening at 7p.m.,
Bishop & Elder Kelsey invite you to join them for a ‘Live Conversation’ as they also stream on our
website, Facebook, Instagram and on our conference call number.

Update: CHURCH OPERATING SCHEDULE THROUGH APRIL 27 TH
Effective March 24 th , a modified telework schedule was instituted for our staff.  Regular offices hours
have been suspended, although staff will come to the office for essential tasks throughout the week.
Our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of our staff while ensuring the work of the ministry
continues.

NSBC staff in Administration, Finance, Office of the Senior Pastor and Operations will remain
available to you as well.  We encourage you to call NSBC and leave messages or send an email for
the staff. Messages will be retrieved throughout our Monday – Thursday workday and Staff will
continue their office work via remote computer access.  The Executive Directors (Elder Anne Powell,
Mrs. Paulette Best and Ms. Belynda J. Jones) will also monitor messages.  Our goal is to minimize
disruptions in workflow, as we follow Federal, District of Columbia and State of Maryland mandates
for the closing of schools, and businesses and their requests for residents who are not essential
employees, to remain at home.

Update: CANCELED/POSTPONED MEETINGS/ACTIVITIES
All activities, events & meetings are cancelled/postponed. However, beginning Wednesday, April 1 st ,
Trader Joe’s food giveaway will restart at 12 Noon until 1p. Then on Wednesday April 8 th , the Capitol
Area Food Bank will deliver non-perishable foods & dry goods.
Ministry leaders should utilize conference calls, Zoom & other means to hold meetings if feasible.
Please contact the Church Office with questions.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
Our primary aim is always to ensure the safety of our members.  We believe that precaution and
preparation prevents panic.  We are taking the following precautions at New Samaritan’s facilities:
 Sanitizing our buildings
 Providing hand sanitizing stations at strategic locations
 Disinfecting our transportation vehicles

WHAT YOU CAN DO
There are simple measures you can take to protect yourself and help us reduce the spread of
Coronavirus in our community.
 Practice elbow bumps instead of hugging or shaking hands.
 Take advantage of our sanitizing stations, particularly after sneezing, coughing and touching
regularly used surfaces.
 Wash your hands often, particularly after using the restroom.

IF YOU FEEL SICK OR ARE CARING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS SICK:
 Stay home unless you are seeking medical treatment.
 Limit your participation in community activities. Many of our services, fellowships and events
have streaming options on our website and on Facebook Live.
 Plan to call into ministry meetings instead of attending them in person.
 Dispose of used tissues right away.

IN GENERAL:
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and others with unwashed hands.
 Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water as often as you can. Scrub your hands
for at least 20 seconds.
 If you are not near a sink, use hand sanitizer. Sanitize all the skin on your hands and rub them
together until they feel dry. Refrain from shaking your hands to dry them.
 Engage in respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into the bend of your elbow.
 Sanitize freshly touched surfaces in your home, school or office daily.
 Avoid coming in close contact with those who appear unwell.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Please remember “Social distancing” is one of the best prevention methods which includes the elbow
bump greeting and keeping approximately 6 feet from others. Even if you are not concerned about
the virus, others may be and prefer that you not touch them and to keep their distance. Stay home if
you feel sick and contact your physician if you develop Coronavirus symptoms (fever, dry cough,
tiredness, aches).

UPDATES 
We know above all else God is in control and we will trust Him at all times. “Pour out all your worries
and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). A

Weekly COVID19 Update on NSBC services and events will be emailed each Friday and posted on
the NSBC website and Social Media.

Wash Your Hands!