Important information around COVID-19 situtation

All Activities are Canceled

We have cancelled all activities at the Church. We will not have Worship on Sundays, the Tuesday Bible Study Group, the Wednesday Prayer Group, the Lenten Soup Suppers and the Lenten Services at our Sanctuary.

Please follow our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/alcoslo) for the latest updates, Livestreaming of Worship and Lenten Service.

What we can do?

Here are some of the things we will be doing as a congregation, for as long as we are not able to meet together:

1. We will be sending out a daily Biblical encouragement to everybody on the church e-mail list. In this e-mail we will also be including updates and prayer requests from members of the congregation.
2. Please take time to call people – especially if you know that someone is isolated or facing a difficult time. Even if we’re not down in Hanson Hall encouraging each other, we can still be talking to each other on the phone.

It is very important that we trust God, seek God’s guidance, and try to care for each other more fully in this difficult time.

Remember these words from Romans 5:1-5:
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Words of hope from our pastor: Three Sermons in One

Worship Service & Lenten Service:

We will have our Worship Service, livestreaming on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/alcoslo) on Sunday morning at 11AM CET.

Scroll down to the section called Posts. The live video should be the first item you see in the section called Posts. Click on the video to start it playing on your computer.
If you don’t hear any sound, that’s because the sound is turned off on your computer or because the Facebook sound is muted. There’s a button to push to unmute the video’s sound on Facebook Live video.
If you want to be notified when the live video starts, you can start “following” the church’s Facebook site and you will received notifications.

If you can’t watch the video live at 11AM on Sunday, it will be saved on the facebook page so that you can watch it later.

Stewardship of gifts

All this while the daily expenses of the ALC will continue to run. Your continued finical support during this time is essential. You have many ways to give to the ALC.
When the collection plate cannot be passed around, or the card machine in back cannot be used on Sunday morning, you can still give your weekly gift.
On Sunday mornings please give your donation with a direct bank deposit to account number 50810747827 or donate via Vipps 62855, American Lutheran Congregation. Or why not setup an automatic payment for your monthly offerings with your bank, so that you don’t forget it! The ALC depends on your continued support.

Guidelines from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Preventing infection
As with colds and influenza, COVID-19 diseases spreads mainly by droplet and contact transmission.
Good cough etiquette and good hand hygiene reduce infection from all respiratory infections, including the new coronavirus. The advice given below applies to prevent transmission of infection, regardless of whether you are healthy or sick.
Handwashing
– Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, particularly after coughing or sneezing, after using the toilet, before preparing food, before meals, after contact with animals and if your hands are visibly dirty. Wash your hands after coming home when you have been in contact with other people.
– Hand disinfection products are effective against the coronavirus are a good alternative if hand washing is unavailable. If your hands are visibly dirty or wet, hand disinfection has a limited effect so hands should be cleaned with soap and water.
Cough etiquette
– Avoid coughing or sneezing directly onto others.
– Try to cough / sneeze into a paper tissue (disposed carefully afterwards), or into the crook of the elbow if you do not have tissues to hand.
Other preventive advice
– As a general rule for all infections, sick people should stay at home and not go to work/place of study/school/childcare centre.
– From 12th March, the Norwegian Directorate of Health introduced restrictions for visitors to all the country’s health institutions. If the visit cannot be avoided, contact the department where the patient by telephone in advance so that necessary infection control measures can be implemented.
– Limit shaking hands, kissing and hugging – this can reduce transmission.
– Keep at least one metre away from both healthy people and people who are coughing or sneezing, if possible. This includes limiting contact with others, participating in leisure activities, going to restaurants etc., where possible.
– Avoid using public transport where possible. The exception is for people with functions critical to society who need to get to and from work, and who need to maintain a distance to others.
– Avoid touching your face as much as possible – the virus can be transferred from hands to mouth or the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose, and enter the body.
– We recommend not to use face masks for healthy people outside the healthcare service.
more details -> https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/advice-and-information-to-public/

If you need any help or need to share any information, then please drop an email to office@alcoslo.org

May God bless you all!