St. James’ Health Center
St. James’ will work hard to keep updates on this page regarding the Coronavirus crisis. 
 
CNY Episcopal Diocese Plan for Re-Gathering for CNY EpiscopaliansCLICK HERE
 
Covenant for Re-Gathering CLICK HERE
 
Re-Opening:  Episcopal News Article on Considerations for Churches to Re-Open:  CLICK HERE
 
CDC Guidelines for Re-Opening:  CLICK HERE
 
Onondaga County Health Dept. Updates:  CLICK HERE
NYS Coronavirus Updates:  CLICK HERE
 
 
 Things to Know
1.  St. James’ Church will remain closed until a comprehensive plan is developed
and Covenant is approved by the Bishop of CNY. Online worship will continue.
 
2. St. James’ task force is meeting and working on this plan with the mission of:
St. James’ Re-Opening Task Force Mission Statement:
The mission of this task force is to bring together knowledgeable, insightful, and spiritually  innovative members of the St. James’ parish with the goal of redefining the operational structure of the weekly services in such a manner as to be socially responsible within the community while adhering to guidelines set forth by the State and Federal government and the desires of the leadership of the Episcopal Church, while maintaining the sacred traditions and faith guidance of the St. James’ family.
 
3.  Staff & Vestry are researching and implementing new technology
and methods to improve & enrich the lifestreaming of worship and programming.
 
 
 
 
Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry
Open by appointment
The Skaneateles Ecumenical food pantry will not open during regular hours, but
will be available by appointment only. This will be the procedure while the stay
at home order is in effect. We will be observing social distancing guidelines to keep
everyone safe.
The pantry is available for any member of the community that
needs assistance with food. This is a confidential service.
For an appointment please call 315-685-3512
The Town of Skaneateles was asked to help get this message out to our
community regarding the Food Pantry.
 
 
DIOCESAN UPDATES FROM BISHOP DEDE DUNCAN-PROBE-CLICK HERE
 
 
Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, like:
Cough
Fever
Trouble breathing, and
Pneumonia
CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
 
Prevention
Everyone should:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
For people who are sick:
Stay home.
If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
Avoid sharing personal items.
Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
 
Helpful News to Keep All from Going Hungry in Skaneateles
 
The Skaneateles Central School District, in conjunction with support from our community members, the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry, and Skaneateles Outreach, is offering meals to anyone who needs them in the difficult weeks ahead. Breakfast and lunch are available to any family, regardless of income, who needs assistance at this time.
Our kitchen will be open to prepare meals for our community over the next few weeks. You do not need to have children in the school system, and you do not need submit any financial paperwork. These are unsettling times, and we, along with the generous support of our community, will be extending our table to all of our families.
Please click on the survey below to let us know how we can best help you. If you are not able to pick up meals, we will be providing home delivery service – especially for our senior citizens, for those who are quarantined, or families with members whose immune systems are compromised.
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeyJqsA7AbD6Tpva…/viewform…
 
If you are not able to complete this online form, please contact our School Lunch Director, Emily Cullen at ecullen@skanschools.org or leave her a message at 315-291-2248.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you need meal assistance. We would like to thank the community again for all of your generous donations through the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry and Skaneateles Outreach.
 
Donations can still be made via this link: https://www.townofskaneateles.com/…/outreach-covid-19-reli…/
A Letter from Our Rector
 
Dear St. James’ Family,
It is with an extremely heavy heart, that I have decided to cancel in-person public worship tomorrow at St. James’. I have been in consultation over the last 12 hours with local health professionals, with my colleagues at other churches, and with the Vestry. This is a decision we have made carefully and prayerfully for the sake of others.
 
There are no reported cases of coronavirus in Onondaga County at present, but the professional opinion of those in health care is that it is already present and spreading among those who do not yet evidence symptoms. If we wait for the first case, to make the decision shut down, it is too late. The last thing we want to learn is that when we gathered for worship to be comforted, we inadvertently put many people in danger.
 
Our sisters and brothers in Christ at the Presbyterian and Lutheran churches in Skaneateles have suspended worship for 3 weeks (March 15, 22 and 29) and Grace Chapel is making the decision week by week. Accordingly, we will not hold public worship on March 15, 22 and 29 and we are suspending all meetings and other gatherings in the church building to the end of March.
 
The staff and I will be discussing (virtually) how we will continue to communicate and to offer worship electronically and other sources of virtual connection. We will send out information later today when we can give details about live-streaming worship tomorrow.
 
I know this will feel extreme and unnecessary to some.  It will cause grief for many of us.  In the face of so much that is confusing and unknown, I suggest that we think of this as part of our Lenten fasting.  We are choosing to give up what is so important to us, for the sake of others, even though we do not fully understand, and we trust that God is with us and will guide us.
 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally via email, text, or phone call with any concerns, needs or ideas. My cell phone is 315-406-0270.  My email address is beckycoerper@gmail.com.
 
It is out of love for you the people of St. James’ that we do this.  You are continually in my thoughts and prayers.
 
Becky+