I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)
It’s beginning to look a lot like … Christmas? Yes, over the weekend our campus transitioned into a holiday wonderland. With just three weeks left in the semester, we’re celebrating early this year. We’re not letting a global pandemic take away our Christmas spirit. Our festivities may be a little different this year, but the reason we celebrate is still the same — our Savior, the Messiah, Jesus has come!
Today’s update includes:
- A reminder to vote
- Global Outreach trips forming
- Serving our local community
- Flu Shot Fridays and free health screenings
- Clarification on student mailboxes
- Operation Christmas Child box-packing
- Concerning COVID: Understanding quarantine
- COVID-19 reporting plus sending iCare encouragement notes to students in quarantine or isolation
Election Day – Please join us in praying for God’s will to be accomplished in our lives and in our nation in tomorrow’s election. If you have not done so already, take the opportunity to exercise your constitutional right to vote. God is faithful; we will trust Him.
Global Outreach Trips – We are continuing to make plans for GO trips for next summer. Teams are being formed now for both domestic and international trips, taking the hope of the Gospel to a world that needs to hear it. Interested? Sign up to receive more information.
CU in the Community – This Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Global Outreach is hosting another CU in the Community event to serve local residents. Students can sign up as individuals or as part of an org, ministry group, d-group, or hall/unit. Let’s come together to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us.
Flu Shot Fridays – Cedar Care Village Pharmacy will continue to host flu shot clinics on Fridays until the end of the semester, November 6, 13, and 20, in the Chick-fil-A conference room. 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 get their shot. This Friday only, November 6, Cedar Care will also offer “Know Your Numbers” blood glucose and blood pressure screening at no charge.
You may also stop by Cedar Care downtown anytime to get your flu shot. 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.
Student Mailboxes – We apologize for confusion in our communication about student mailboxes. To clarify, students will only be picking up their mail at the counter during the locker construction this fall. Students will maintain their box number for identification purposes, so there is no change to how families will address mail to their student. Here is what will change when students return in the spring:
- We will be utilizing “virtual” mailboxes.
- When students receive mail, they will be assigned a temporary mailbox, and the post office will send an email alerting them that they have mail to pick up.
- Students can come at their convenience anytime the SSC is open and either scan their ID card or use an app on their phone to open their assigned box. The box would then be available to the next person assigned to it.
- Students will not have to remember combinations or struggle to open their mailbox.
- Students will be notified when they have mail, so there is no need to check their mailbox unless they have been contacted.
Operation Christmas Child – We’re holding an Operation Christmas Child box-packing party on Friday, November 6, from 4-8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Students can register in groups of 5-10 for a time slot. What a great way to kick off the holidays and share God’s love with children around the world!
Concerning COVID – We’re continuing our Concerning COVID series, where senior nursing students, as part of their NSG-4000 Care of Populations course, investigate your COVID-related questions each week, researching each question and providing evidence-based answers.
This week’s question is an important one for students: Why does quarantine have to be 14 days, while isolation (when you’re sick) is only 10? If you’re in quarantine, why not just get tested and be released if you’re negative for COVID? Find Answer.
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. And, remember to submit an iCare note. Help us finish the semester with plenty of encouragement for our students who are in quarantine or in isolation.