Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)
As we began this week in Cedarville with much-needed rain, we are continuing to trust in the Lord for His strength as we navigate this fall semester. We are grateful for His protection and for the perseverance of our students, faculty, and staff. Most importantly, we are thankful for the hope of the Gospel and the privilege of educating students for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, even in the midst of a pandemic!
This week’s update includes:
- Christ’s example of humility and service
- Chapel attendance groups
- Flu shots from Cedar Care
- Clarification on mask protocols
- Caring Well Meals volunteers (and a reminder about iCare encouragement notes)
- COVID-19 reporting
Know Jesus. Know Joy. – If you missed Dr. White’s chapel message yesterday morning, you can find it on the Know Jesus. Know Joy. sermon series page. Dr. White spoke from Philippians 2:5-11, encouraging us to follow the example of Jesus, who perfectly demonstrated humility and seeking to serve others.
Chapel Attendance Groups – Starting this week, we have grouped residence halls into two groups for indoor chapel attendance. Students can find their group assignment online. Refer to the chapel schedule sent previously for days your group is to attend chapel in the Jeremiah Chapel. Off-campus, commuter, and grad students are welcome to pick any day they would like to attend.
Cedar Care Flu Shot Clinics – Cedar Care Village Pharmacy is continuing to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to receive a flu shot. We are recommending flu shots as a way to limit infection and minimize isolations and quarantines as we care for students with symptoms.
- This Week’s Flu Shot Clinic: October 21-23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the south end of the Doden Field House
- Flu Shot Fridays: October 30 and November 6, 13, and 20 from 1-3 p.m. in the south end of the Doden Field House.
- Cedar Care Village Pharmacy downtown at any time. It’s “Beans-N-Vaccines” at Cedar Care thru November! Stop in for a flu shot and get a BOGO 50% off coupon to Beans-n-Cream.
If you would like to use your health insurance, preregister at least 24 hours in advance. Students who will be paying out-of-pocket can have the $30 charge direct billed to their student account and can just walk in to either the pharmacy or one of the flu shot clinics to get their shot. Cedar Care would be glad to schedule a time to vaccinate groups all at the same time, too (e.g., an athletic team, campus department, or a student org). Contact Cedar Care to make arrangements (937-766-2273).
More About Masks – We know no one likes wearing masks, but we appreciate everyone’s diligence in helping us keep our number of positive COVID cases low. Refer to our Caring Well. Staying Well. COVID-19 Operating Plan for complete information on mask requirements. To clarify a previous communication, students do not need to wear masks in the residence halls, except in large lounges. Check with your RA or RD if you have questions.
Caring Well Meals – Thanks to the 86 faculty and staff, spouses, and children — along with students — who have helped with the Caring Well Meals program that is serving our students who are currently in quarantine or isolation. We always need more volunteers. Please watch for this week’s email from Chrissy Faulkner and prayerfully consider how you might help. While you’re at it, write an iCare note to students in quarantine and isolation. What a privilege to share your prayers, creative poems, and encouraging words along with the supper meal delivery!
COVID-19 Reporting – You can always access the current count of residential undergraduate or graduate students who are in isolation due to a lab-confirmed positive test on our COVID-19 reporting dashboard.