The Viral Transmission Rate is not the number of cases nor is it the number of positive tests. It is a percentage based upon what is called the “Effective Contact Rate” and the number of positive tests. The short form is that when the Viral Transmission Rate is less than 1 in 100 K (which is our target goal) the spread of the virus is reducing and combined with a positivity rate of less than 5% of the population means that contact tracing can be done effectively. When the number of people infected (percentage of the population) is low enough and the Viral Transmission Rate is less than 1 in 100K any new incidents of the virus are manageable.
This rate is significant because it will be our indication of whether variants of the virus are undermining the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Disclaimer: I am a pastor with access to google and not a virologist or mathematician. Half the terms with which I have had to become familiar with this process are ones I’ve only recently learned. For more information see the links below.
The church is resilient. The pandemic has stretched our endurance and our imaginations. We have adapted with great strength and love. We need to let the Spirit lead us in careful discernment of how we care for one another. Until the following recommendations from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services and the Wisconsin Council of Churches are met in Fond du Lac County, we wait and hope.
The team is working on our phased plan and as milestones are met, we will communicate that plan.
If you have any questions for us, please submit them using this link (Click HERE)
For your reference, here is the link to our metrics (Fond du Lac County Dashboard soon will be updated to include percentage vaccinated) (Click HERE)
We will be praying, singing and worshiping together at church again. The church will persevere. God will not abandon us. Wherever we are, God is with us. Nothing on earth can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God!
Transition Team: Kristina Arellano, Mary Bacon, Debbie Cooley, Deb Harrison, Sandy Vahlsing Staff: Pastor Jack Harrison and Kris Bartelt
It often takes work to be people who are prepared to work for peace, particularly in emotionally charged situations. To be effective in sharing peace and not becoming caught up in the passion and fear, we have to prepare ourselves and have an understanding of how to make peace. This bible study will take five weeks to explore these processes. Using a resource from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, we will explore what the scriptures teach us about being people who make peace.
These classes will take place virtually as part of our Sunday morning Education experience, beginning with Sunday, September 13, 2020 and running through October 11. It will be a zoom program which to which people can connect using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or by telephone. If you have questions contact Pastor Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Easter YouTube Worship Video can be found by clicking HERE. We encourage you to subscribe to the First Presbyterian Church of Fond du Lac’s YouTube channel. A BULLETIN for worship is also available.
Join in worship through our April 1st, 2020 Lenten
Podcast by clicking for the PODCAST, and
Join us in the Palm Sunday Processional by sending a photo
to email@example.com of
you and your family processing. Palm’s may be picked up in front of the church
doors or just substitute your own. Photos and other images will be made a part
of the service for Sunday.