All activities are suspended
Until Futher Notice
Until further notice, all activities at Emmanuel Lutheran Church are suspended. A 9:00 a.m. Sunday worship service will be streamed live on facebook.com/elcvienna until we are able to gather again in person.
ELC Preschool cancellations will be communicated through their usual modes.
Our congregational council will continue to monitor events as they unfold and communicate announcements.
Please watch our website, emails, texts, Facebook, and Twitter for updates as things change rapidly. If your ministry group would like to meet online, arrangements can be made using the ELC Zoom account; to do so please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-938-2119.
Fairfax County Resources
We received the following announcement from Ramona S. Carroll, Community Interfaith Coordinator for the County of Fairfax:
“In an effort to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely information, Fairfax County has created a web page that includes updated information and community resources at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19.
You can also view the emergency blog, and stay in touch using the County’s social media platforms and through text messaging (Text "FFXCOVID" to 888777 to receive updates).
The Health Department has a dedicated phone line that residents can call if they have questions 703-267-3511 (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends).
Health and Human Services Resource
If congregants are in need of support please have them call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays). Residents can also visit the Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG), an online, searchable guide to available health and human services resources in Fairfax County.
An updated list of community-based resources for food assistance and donations can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.
Residents who want to contribute are encouraged to consider making monetary contributions and grocery gift card donations to our community-based organizations partners.”
Health & Healing Ministry Update on COVID-19
Concerns have been raised globally and locally about the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019/COVID-19. There is also concern about the continued spread of influenza (flu). Both viruses can be spread through the air and by touching contaminated surfaces and objects. ELC wants to share with you some precautions to keep you and the community safe.
Wear a mask when in public spaces and continue social distancing practices.
Wash your hands often. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing. If soap and water is not available, use
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
Emergency plans are important so family members &/or friends know your emergency contacts (including primary MD), backup plans for day care, and your nearest pharmacy.
Get your flu shot. It won’t protect against the coronavirus, and it doesn’t provide perfect protection against the influenza virus, but it will reduce the chance of getting the flu and save health-care resources for others in need.
Practice more restrained physical interactions, which means skipping hugs and handshakes, for the time being. Instead, you might put your own hands together and bow your head slightly to greet or congratulate someone.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you feel sick or have a fever (except to seek necessary medical help). Those who are 60 and older as well as pregnant women are advised to exercise extra caution.
Stay up to date at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Peace and good health be with you!