As Set the Captives Free Outreach Center closely monitors the progress of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout our nation and region, we are taking steps to prepare for any potential impact. Please partner with us in prayer as we pray for those already affected and those that may be. Prevention is worth an ounce of cure. Let’s work together with our elected officials to help slow down the spread of this virus. And remember to speak the Word of God over yourself and others. We can stand on this promise also as we also take the proper precautions.
Psalm 91:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Updated Saturday March 14th @ 3:00 pm
STCF Current Operating Status:
On March 12, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced that all public gatherings of 250 or more people are prohibited in the state of Maryland. In compliance with these new guidelines, Set the Captives Free Outreach Center will adhere to the below schedule for the immediate future:
Friday, March 13, 2020 – Limited Operations
The OWE Center will be open during normal business hours. All scheduled meetings with anyone other than the full-time staff are cancelled and will resume after the two week period when schools reopen. Meetings can still be held over the phone or using technology like zoom.com. No one will be allowed in the OWE Center unless employed by STCF. This will be updated if necessary as we receive new developments. STCF employees will receive further instructions from their supervisors. Halos Hair Salon will remain open.
Saturday, March 14 – Saturday, March 21 – The OWE Center will be closed with the exception of Halos. All rehearsals and meetings are cancelled.
For the weeks of March 15 – March 28, the OWE Center will be closed to everyone except employees. Worship services for Sunday, March 15th and Sunday March 22nd will be livestreamed on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stcfoc and also on our Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/SettheCaptivesFreeOutreachCenter
Our Sunday worship services will take place at our regularly scheduled time of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings but will be done electronically. (See information above) Your safety is our concern, but thank God we can still come together due to modern technology.
Noonday Bible Study is closed for the next two weeks and should resume Wednesday April 1 unless something new develops.
The Wednesday night PATH Bible Study should resume Wednesday April 1 unless something new develops
The Food Pantry will remain open on Thursdays from 10-12 noon with a revamped procedure.
We appreciate all of your faithful financial support as we continue to build out the OWE Center to the glory of God! We ask you to continue to worship in giving during this time. Giving can be done at http://stcfoc.com/give or via Cashapp $stcf. If you choose to give via Cashapp please submit your full name.
The safety of our members, staff and visitors is our utmost concern. We are taking the following precautions at the OWE Center:
- Providing hand sanitizer. We will place hand sanitizer at all building entrances. Please use them when you are unable to wash your hands.
- Disinfecting our buildings. The surfaces within the OWE, including our meeting rooms and classrooms, are cleaned and disinfected daily. For public gatherings such as Bible study and our Sunday worship services, all surfaces are cleaned both before and after the event.
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.
- Show your love by smiling and waving. At this time we are not certain that any physical contact is safe.
- Take advantage of our church sanitizing stations, particularly after sneezing, coughing and touching regularly used surfaces. We encourage members and guests to bring their own hand sanitizers as well.
- 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.
- Plan to call into ministry meetings instead of attending them in person.
- Dispose of used tissues right away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and others with unwashed hands.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and 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 of 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.
- Learn the additional measures that high risk, vulnerable individuals should take.
- Stay up on current events.