Ministers of Jesus Christ
Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: May 31, 2020

To all the Saints of God,

Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 

"In accordance with Georgia Governor executive orders in the United States of America, starting June 1, 2020, you can have gatherings of more than twenty-five people in a single location if you have at least six feet between each person. Now, many churches and religious institutions are beginning to reopen their doors for traditional services, and we ask Georgians to continue to heed public health advice if they decide to attend in-person. "In this executive order, we continue to strongly encourage all Georgians and visitors to wear face coverings in public and use social distancing, wash your hands, protect the elderly and medically fragile, and prioritize your health.

     Thank you again to the faith leaders who answered the call and held remote services as we battled the spread of coronavirus. Your leadership saved lives. "To protect vulnerable populations, the executive order is requiring the medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through July 12, 2020 and is now recommending that all Georgians get tested with or without symptoms.

     To accommodate all Saints, we are planning to implement these services:

 on Sunday June 14,2020 Sisters Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm,

on Sunday June 21,2020 Brothers Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm,

on Sunday June 28, 2020 Youth Department meeting and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm,

on Sunday July 5, 2020 Executive Board meetings and Church Services from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

All services will take place on Sundays only from 11am until 2pm to allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces. No night services during the week due disinfection procedures. Baptism, pray and tarrying service, will continue each Sunday following all safety protocols including the use of personal protective equipment.  

     As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.

Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  

This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:

    Walking by Faith and not by sight

     To walk by faith, I cannot become overly concerned about the most popular opinions or the most popular proposal or the most accepted politically correct stance to look good in the eyes of crowd pleasers, I must look at the word of God and the facts.  Faith does not teach us to overlook the facts. Faith does not teach us to overlook the truth. Faith is our trust in God, and belief is what we hold to be true.  Because we believe in God and trust in God, we are committed to live by his word. We can look at sickness, opposition, storms, pandemics, wars and rumors of wars, betrayals, financial difficulties, job loss, uncertain times and know that a way will be made for us because God loves us and will provide our every need. Notice how we do not focus on the terrible sight of the trouble before us, though we acknowledge the fact that the trouble is real, but we focus on and walk by the promises and power of God to deliver us.

JOB19:25 - 26 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

ROMANS 3:3 - 4 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?   God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

MATTHEW 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

JOHN 14:15 - 18 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

     Faith is confidence or trust in God and in the doctrines or teachings of the Bible.   To God fearing people faith is confidence based on the promises of God.  He promised to be with me always even to the end of the world. He said the Spirit of Truth would be in me and he would not leave me comfortless.  This is what we should walk by and live by each day of our lives.

     Faith means conscious knowledge and acceptance of the divine authority of God leading to obedience and the practice of good deeds required for living a righteous life and obtaining spiritual growth.  Faith involves more than outward obedience to the commandments of God but must also lead to increasing our personal understanding and application of religious teachings.  Without understanding the result can lead to teaching for doctrine the commandments of men to uphold communal traditions and religious showmanship to set up our own way of holiness.

     Walking by faith is indeed doing what is good for all mankind not open defiance to the health and safety of all people.  It is truly amazing to see how many individuals would do a thing that can cause harm to others and call it righteousness and holiness.  Even openly ridicule the safety protocols put in place for the health and safety of all people and call it faith in God.  We must be sound in faith and recognize the actions that are not good for our health and well being.

     Faith refers to a serious commitment in the practice of the Godly teaching (commandments) and trust in the word and promises of God.  Commitment does not imply "blind faith", because the trust in God is based on his said words and revealed truth in the receiving of the Holy Ghost with the evidence or sign of speaking with tongues as the spirit gives utterances giving us a real experience with God.  It is not blind faith because it has promises and evidence. It is faith that can see the sight of trouble and walk by the promise of deliverance.  It is faith that has never seen a mortal body change to immortality but can walk by the biblical word of change in the twinkling of an eye.

MARK 16:17 - 19 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

LUKE 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

ACTS 1:08 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

     When people think of blind faith, most refer to being unable to see the omnipresent spirit of God; in other words, God being present everywhere.  When people can see a fire, most if not all people will avoid the fire or call the firemen to get water to put out the fire for fear of being burned up. They will not call their fear of being burned up a lack of faith because they have actual knowledge of the destructive ability of fire.  They will not walk into the fire saying I have faith in God that I will not be burned up and killed because that would be foolishness.   When people cannot see the fire, most do not believe that it exists or is real and they will begin to misapply the natural response of fear.       For those of us who were engineers in high pressure steam plants, we know that when steam is at extremely high pressure it cannot be seen with the human eye when leaks develop in the piping but it is there and can kill,  so we use leak detecting equipment to prevent injury and to save lives.  

     Because they cannot see  the covid-19 virus, many people dispel the data that shows its location and spread just like the spreading of fire and leads congregations who do not believe that it can harm them into the fiery virus not observing the facts.  Then the suffering and dying starts and the virus is revealed by its actions. 

     For those of us who understands faith, we follow the data that reveals the presence and location of the virus even doth we cannot see the virus and try to avoid its damaging effects trusting that God will keep us and provide a way  for us to continue the services of God, like online service and limited in person service wearing proper personal protective equipment.  We do not take matters into our own hand then blame the results on God. 

HEBREWS 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

    It should be clear that some speakers are persuading people to abide by their way of thinking rather than obedience to the word of God.  Telling people that if they wear a mask, they have no faith.  If they do not continue to open their businesses without the use of personal protective equipment in the mist of the spreading of this virus in defiance of the health authorities, they do not have faith.  I have never seen firemen rush into a fire without personal protective equipment.  Even civilian people who have no fire protection equipment will try to cover their nose to prevent smoke inhalation if they must run into a burning building to save a child. 

     No one should be confused about human safety just as no one should be confused about righteousness.  Doing what is good for the health and safety for all people is the simple definition of love and example of walking by faith and not by sight.  Since we cannot see the virus, we do what is right to protect all people by faith in the love of God for all mankind. 

     The woman with the issue of blood went to many doctors seeking healing, she did not deny the fact that she was sick but had the faith that God would heal her if she touched the hem of his garment.

ROMANS 1:18 – 25  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:   Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

     The right thing to do is revealed from heaven for all to understand even when the eyes do not visibly see the enemy causing the danger.  God is against all unrighteousness. The invisible things are revealed by the action of things that are seen. 

     Most people have never seen demons and devils, but they can clearly see their actions and results.  We cannot see the human spirit or human thought, but we see their actions and result.  This is the reason people respond with anxiety when a door begins to make creepy sounds then close on its own.  They assume the wind has blown the door, an apparition is present, or someone is hiding in the room because of the action of the door closing without them physically touching some part of it.

JOHN 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

     The Bible teaches that we can hear the sound and see the results of everyone that is born of the spirit of God.  One of the reasons why you must test all spirits to see if they are following God, or appealing to men, or led by evil powers of darkness is because all actions are not produced by Godly love for your benefit. 

1JOHN 4:1 - 3 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

We see the action of the wind, the storm clouds, the moisture, and debris picked up from the churning or twisting forces of the wind but not the air currents themselves.  We can blow wind using our mouth on to our hand and feel its effect on our skin, but we cannot see the wind we produced with our own mouth, we only feel its effects.

2CORINTHIANS 5:4 - 13 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:   (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)   We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.  For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. 2CO5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

     Apostle Paul was desiring that the rapture and translation of the Saints take place during his earthly lifetime before his natural death.  His desire was that he would not be unclothed as a disembodied naked spirit but that his body would be changed from a mortal body capable of death to a glorified immortal body of everlasting life.  Even though he could not see the resurrected Lord in his glorified bodily state, he was assured that he would eventually obtain immortality because of the earnest Holy Spirit dwelling in him.   This gave him the faith and confidence of being present with the Lord even if he died before the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ and translation of the Saints of God.  So, he labored and endured walking by faith to be accepted of the Lord Jesus Christ knowing that we will all stand before the judgement seat of Christ for rewards. 

     This is true for us today.  Even though we have never seen a glorified physical body on Earth today, we hold God's word of the glorified physical body to be true without the sight or physical proof of seeing a glorified form.  We see the Saints dying and their bodies entering earthly graves, tombs, mausoleums, vault, crypts., yet we maintain our Blessed Hope of the translation and being in the presence of God standing on the testimony that he is risen in a glorified form and the word of God that we shall be like him when he appears, comforted by the indwelling Holy Ghost continually walking by faith and not by sight.

HEBREWS 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

     The men and women who believed God simply obeyed what God commanded, believed in what God had promised without seeing the future physical fulfillment of the spoken words immediately before their eyes.  They were obedient and performed the necessary works moved by faith alone!!!!  To see afar off is visual sight caused by faith alone, it means to envision what will truly happen at a distance or at some future time because you hold it to be true and not one jot or tittle of God’s word will pass away until all be fulfilled.

HEBREWS 11:6 – 13 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:   For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.  Therefore, sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

     One of the reasons that I am so amazed at people who can speak about jumping off a bridge in faith that they will land on the ground unharmed, yet cannot see or understand that all that is required is to believe or hold to be true the commandments and promises of God, then obey and perform the work required.  There is no need for drama putting yourself in harm’s way to impress crowds for personal fame. There is no need to temp God as Satan did, trying to persuade the Lord Jesus Christ to cast himself off the pinnacle.

JAMES 2:14 - 26 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?   If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,   and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?   Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?   Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?   Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?   And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.   Likewise, also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?   For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

True faith believes that God is going to make a way and does what is necessary to accomplish the goal or promises. True faith should produce good works not reckless endangerment to look good in the eyes of crowds.

MATTHEW 17:15 - 21 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.  Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

     This is probably one of the most abused and misunderstood passages of the Bible.  The Faith to do things that seem to be impossible is acquired when we finally learn to take our situations to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer because with him all things are possible.  When we finally stop taking matters that are beyond our humanity into our own hands and surrender them over to Jesus Christ who is God Almighty.  When we finally learn to truly walk by faith and not by sight.  I am confident that he will provide a way for us through these uncertain times because he said that he would never leave us nor forsake us. He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek him.  I do not have to endanger myself on my own so that people will say how great I am, and how much faith that I have.  Believe me, you will face enough danger and disappointment without adding to it or bringing it upon yourself.  They that live holy will face tribulations, betrayals, hurts and pains all in the joy and security of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The most important thing is to remain true to your convictions in the mist of disappointments.

MATTHEW 13:20 - 21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

JOHN 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

ACTS 14:21 - 22 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

HEBREWS 11:36 - 39 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:   They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;   (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

      Some see faith as being persuaded or convinced that something is true when they are presented with adequate evidence that it is true with no reliance on science or opinion.  Real Christians believe that true faith in Jesus Christ produces righteous actions resulting in obedience to his word, bringing eternal life with Christ, and results in good righteous works. 

     True faith does not lead us to be filled with own ways or do ignorant things and step in front of a moving train saying God will keep me because I have the faith when he has not told you to step in front of the moving train.  True faith does not change its conviction when someone laughs at us because we dress modestly to profess our Godliness or wear mask to protect ourselves and all other people in the midst of a global virus pandemic  killing many people, but causes us to grow in the grace, love, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  True faith is the assurance that what God has promised will come to pass and the certainty that the invisible things that we cannot see are real or exist. This is how we make our decisions in life we walk by what we believe and trust in.

PROVERBS 14:14 - 16 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.  The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.  A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

1THESSOLIANS 5:17 - 23 Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Quench not the Spirit.  Despise not prophesying.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     Our faith produces a change in our way of thinking and lifestyle as we acquire a greater understanding of the word of God, we are cautious and examines all things. We grow in faith as we understand in whom and in what we completely trust. Our understanding is built on the foundation of a great cloud of witnesses in the scriptures and on the real personal experiences of believers with God. 

     This is the reason why the tarrying room or prayer time; the open praise and testimony service is so important for this kind of faith comes or increases by fasting and prayer.  The Sermons and preaching are so important because faith cometh or increases by hearing.

ROMANS 10:13 - 17 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?   And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!   But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

     So, we say with Apostle Paul, “Hold fast to the sound words, which you have heard from me according to the word of God, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  Keep doing the good things for the health, safety, and salvation of yourselves and all mankind committed unto us as we are moved by Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  That you will leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith


Guide to opening small Church Meetings beginning June 14, 2020

Please be aware that if someone infected with coronavirus comes into the Church building it may contain infection for 72 hours afterwards unless cleaning is carried out.  Remember that the Church building is being accessed by other people undertaking essential work such as construction contractors, cleaning and maintenance personnel so that the proper safety protocols must be followed such as social distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment such as mask, gloves, and possibly face shields.  Because of the risk of infection, it is best that you get tested for the virus to protect yourself and others before attending a small meeting of 25 or less people as the restrictions are lifted.

     If multiple people are entering the building, even one at a time they must  maintain  the six feet apart  social distancing recommendations.
All individuals entering the building must be warned of the risks to their lives should someone enter not following safety protocols calling reckless endangerment to others as faith in God which is absolute foolishness.   A record of who goes in the building and when will be kept with proper regard for the risk of transmission. A supply of hand sanitizer, mask, and gloves will be kept with the record near the main entrance to the church. It is best for people to bring their own pens to use or wear gloves when touching all surfaces including Bibles.  A record of who is in the building and when will be maintained so that if there is an incident at the Church it will be clear who was the last person known to have been in the building.  Do not listen to those who call safety guidelines lack of faith or who have a poor understanding of the doctrine on fear. Fear is only detrimental to your soul when you are afraid to live a holy life because of what people will say or do to you, or you have no reverence and love for the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty.


Reports from Churches on covid-19 deaths and attempts to reopen in person services:

 Many churches in New York City have been significantly impacted, with one losing twelve members to Covid-19. Recently, two denominational churches in Texas and Georgia reopened services pursuant to state guidelines but had to stop them because of new infections in their congregations including the death of a pastor.

ABC News identified at least 33 African American bishops, reverends and pastors who led various denominations around the country who have died from the coronavirus, according to an analysis of news reports. There were seven in Michigan (including two from the same church), seven in Louisiana, six in New York, three in Illinois, two in Mississippi, two in Georgia, two in New Jersey, one in Virginia, one in Tennessee, one in Alabama and one in Missouri.

COGIC is reporting the lost seven bishops to the coronavirus.

UPCI is reporting the lost of various Pastors and their wives to covid-19.

The lead pastor of a Church in Harlem said 13 members of his predominantly African American church died because of the coronavirus.


What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others.

Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people by avoiding public transportation when possible, limiting nonessential travel, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.

All people should practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk.

Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics.


When to Wear a Mask?

Those who are staying home and have no close contacts who are infected with COIVID-19 do not need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations.

•          Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies.

•          While visiting your health care provider.

•          Traveling on public transportation.

•          Interacting with customers/clients at essential businesses.

•          When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes.

This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.