|Posted by Harmony United Church on November 13, 2020 at 4:20 PM|
Harmony United Church
email: [email protected]
web site: http://www.harmonyunited.webs.com
Serving & Helping...
• If you aware of anyone who is in hospital or requires a pastoral
telephone call, please notify the Church Office.
• Do you have a suggestion for any of our church committees? If so,
please put it in our locked mailbox until further notice. The
Committee Chair will be notified of your suggestion.
• Harmony’s Facebook Page site administrators are Gary Pederson
and Teri Lynch. Please share any ideas and words that may bring
comfort or joy to members of our congregation, and pictures of
what you are doing to keep busy: Teri and Gary can be contacted at
• Greeters, Scripture Readers and Coffee Hosts/Hostesses will be
needed when we get back together again. Please call the church
office to indicate your interest: 345-5065. • Monthly GO Team
Collection: 3rd Sunday of the Month. April's 's collection will
benefit “P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay”.)
• Donations of Canadian Tire Money are gratefully appreciated to
help offset our operating costs!
• New Broadview Magazines are
available. Please come by during office hours if you would like one.
• Lillian Gillson would welcome calls. She can be reached
at 768-0589, or via the Glacier Ridge desk: 343-0242.
Events Happening at Harmony United...
• Our banking arrangements have been
finalized! You may now make your cheques out to
"Harmony United Church". Many thanks to
those who have been dropping off giving
envelopes and donations in the church’s locked
• Wednesday’s 'Coffee Drop In' and 'Home Group'
are cancelled until further notice.
Attention all wanna-be SINGERS!!
Here's a rare
opportunity to practise your singing from home!
All are invited to join in Harmony's Church Choir
practices, as we continue to meet via ZOOM
(or telephone) on Thurs. evenings at 7 p.m.
The ZOOM meetings open at 6:45, for those that
want to come early to "chat." At 7:00 p.m. we start with
vocal warm- ups, then sing through the hymns of the week, and
work on learning our different parts of anthems. Because Zoom
doesn't precisely synchronize all the voices, the leader will "mute"
everyone but herself (or it will sound like chaos!) while we are
singing. This makes for a safe experience practising your singing -
because you are the only one that will hear you singing - as you
sing at home following the voice of the leader, and the piano.
Although, in some ways it's not as good as singing together in
person, Kim is leading Zoom practices each week with 2 different
small choirs, and both are finding it enjoyable and valuable. If you'd
like more information, or want to know the simple process of
joining with a computer, ipad or by telephone, phone Harmony's
choir director, Kim Fuzzen at 473-5271.
Sign In Clipboards During our response to
Please ensure that you sign one of the three
clipboards ... in Crittall Hall, the Office or in the
entrance to the Sanctuary. Please note your name,
the date, time in, time out, and your telephone
(Courtesy of Christina Stricker)
“Chickenpox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.
Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years.
HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years. As well, it has been studied medically for many years.
Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is So far, the symptoms may include:
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Diarrhea Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
Blood clots S
COVID toes (weird, right?)
People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for a total of 62 days, and while he was well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.
Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.
This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know. For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity: How dare you? How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly? How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as “getting it over with”, when literally no one knows who will be the lucky “mild symptoms” case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30-year-olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died. Infants and children too. How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend:
baseline precautions such as: - Frequent hand-washing
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces
The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts. I reject the notion that it's “just a virus” and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.