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Announcement on Cancellations, Measles Exposure & Response

Read the latest measles update from Executive Pastor Bill Dinsmore.

Updated Friday, Feb. 24

Thank you for your continued patience over the past 2-3 weeks as we've responded to the measles exposure in our community and church family. We are praising God for positive reports from the Indiana Department of Health, and pending any new exposure cases, we are very near the completion date of this timeframe of scaled back activities, which is Monday, Feb. 27.

Here are a few reminders for Sunday:

  1. Again we are asking individuals attend this Sunday only if you are fully vaccinated (two shots for children, one shot for adults) or otherwise immune, healthy, not pregnant, and older than age six.
  2. There will be no nursery, preschool, and kindergarten. Also, the Sunday evening grOvehigh school group is not meeting.
  3. We will again be handing out themeasles informational notice on the property on Sunday. We recognize most of you have seen this, but this is a precaution for visitors or those who have not yet received the information. Please be gracious with those volunteers if you already have the information.
  4. A few of our exterior doors will be closed and will re-route you to the nearest door.

For those of you electing to stay home this Sunday to the measles-related precautions, here are four things to help you to stay connected with church body from home:

  1. Watch the live stream of the worship services. Note: although we conducted several tests last week leading up last Sunday's services, we encountered some unforeseen connection issues outside of the church that disrupted the stream for the first and second services. We have been testing all week and appear to be all set for Sunday. 
  2. Download the sermon notes
  3. Download the sermon application guide, which includes extra questions specific for families & children
  4. Access the secure e-giving form

Pending any new exposure information from the Indiana Department of Health, we are tentatively planning to resume all activities starting Monday next week, including Awana, Jr. High & High School, Women's Bible Studies, etc.

I can't say enough how grateful I am for this church body for your flexibility during these past few weeks. Please pray with me for God's Word to have great impact this Sunday and that we would finish this unique season more dependent on Him!

Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry

Updated Friday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.

Thank you for following the information communicated this week about the recent measles exposure at College Park and in the community. We are continuing to monitor the situation and work closely with the Indiana Department of Health.

Here are a few updates as we prepare for Sunday and look ahead to next week. Please read carefully.

1. Sunday's coming and we're excited to be talking about the glory of the gospel in the life of Jesus and the life of the church in our three services!

2. Out of abundance of caution, we are asking that individuals attend this Sunday and next Sunday only if you are fully vaccinated or otherwise immune. Our facilities are completely safe and sanitized; this measure is due to the person-to-person nature of measles transmission. In other words, per the advisement of the Indiana Department of Health, we encourage participation only if you fit these criteria:

  1. You are fully immunized (one shot for adults, two for children) or otherwise immune from measles (e.g., from contracting it in the past)
  2. You are healthy and not pregnant
  3. You are older than age six

3. On Sunday we will be taking some extra precautions to make sure we give a sufficient timeframe from the last date of possible exposure.  We will not have nursery, preschool, and kindergarten this Sunday and next Sunday (Feb. 26). Grades 1 and up are still meeting, as are the adult Bible fellowships (Big Groups).

Additionally, we will again be offering an informational notice to attendees as they enter. If you're in the majority who've already reviewed the information, please be gracious as we make every effort to inform all of our church family and visitors.

4. Additionally, again in coordination with health officials and in abundance of caution, we are not holding the following events next week:

  • Awana (Feb. 22)
  • Jr. High & High School small groups (Feb. 22)
  • Women's Bible Studies (Feb. 21-22) 

The timeframe for these cancellations (through Monday, Feb. 27) was advised by the Indiana Department of Health based on the probable exposure dates, and we are checking with them daily regarding whether this timeframe might be extended longer. Pending any new cases, we are over half-way through this window.

5. Because many people are electing to stay at home the next two weeks, we will offer live streaming of our worship services for this Sunday and Feb. 26. To access the live stream, go to our homepage Sunday morning and click on the live streaming button. You can download the sermon notes and worship with us at home.

Thank you for bearing with us and praying while we walk through this season. We are grateful the number of cases in the community has remained steady. Feel free to call the church office if you have any questions. See you on Sunday as we passionately follow Jesus together.

Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9:30 p.m.

Dear College Park families,

As you are likely aware, we have been working with the Indiana Department of Health to assist in the containment of the recent outbreak of measles in the local community. Upon learning about the exposure to the College Park congregation, we sent a communication message to the church family and distributed information to people as they entered the facility on Sunday regarding the potential dangers to non-immunized or immuno-compromised attendees.
This week we learned that the number of cases has increased in the community. Based upon the recommendation of the Department of Health, we have elected, out of the abundance of caution, to take the following additional steps:

1. We are advising all College Park family members to not participate in any church-related events or gatherings inside or outside of our facility unless they are certain of full inoculation due to immunization or previous measles illness and in a normal health situation (i.e., not immunosuppressed, not undergoing chemotherapy, not pregnant, etc.).  Examples of events where we make this advisement would include Sunday worship (including children in the sanctuary), Sunday school, small groups, and special events.

2. We are advising all College Park parents with children under the age of six to consult with their physicians to determine the potential exposure risks for their children given their present immunization regimen.

3. We have cancelled the following events for this week: Awana, Junior High & High School small groups, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Women's Bible Studies, and Sunday morning nursery, preschool, and kindergarten.
We will continue to monitor the outbreak and our response through the Department of Health and make a determination on a weekly basis as to what event and health cautions should be taken.
For specific information on the measles virus and exposure, please download & review this information packet from the Department of Health.
In the meantime, our mission to care for the souls of our people continues. People who are not able to attend worship services can remain connected through a live stream of our services we are setting up for Sunday or by watching the Sunday's sermon video available Monday night. We will send more information about the live stream later this week.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and prayers.
Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 9:55 a.m.

Dear College Park families, 

We are continuing to monitor reports of measles cases and remain in close contact with the Hamilton County Heath Department and Department of Health.

In an effort to take every precautions possible to allow remaining cases to be identified, we are cancelling Awana, Junior High & High School small groups/youth meetings, all Women’s Bible Studies (morning & evening), and MOPS for the week of Feb. 13.  These events pose the greatest risk given the concentration of young children and women who may be pregnant. Other College Park ministry events are scheduled as planned.

As mentioned in the announcements this weekend and below, most people are fully vaccinated and are at very low risk for contracting measles. All areas of the church have been thoroughly cleaned to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, we are taking all possible precautions for those who fit the following criteria: 

1. Infants/children not fully immunized

2. Those with weakened or compromised immune systems (e.g., due to medical treatment, sickness, pregnant, etc.) 

Click here to download information from state and county health officials.  

Our people have been wonderfully gracious and patient in helping us be proactive in dealing with this issue.  Thank you for your prayers, help, and flexibility this week. 

Pastor Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry 

Updated Saturday, Feb. 11, 3:15 p.m.

We have received new information from the Indiana State Department of Health. Several individuals in our College Park Church family have been diagnosed with measles.  We are taking every precaution possible to protect the health of our church community. Measles is easily spread from infected individuals to people who are not immune. People with measles are contagious for four days before the measles rash develops until four days afterwards.  

Contraction Risk Information for Sunday:

If you were born in 1957 or later and have never had measles or have not received two measles vaccines, you are at risk for contracting measles.  Additionally, people who have compromised immune systems (e.g., undergoing chemo therapy) may be at risk for contracting measles even if they have been vaccinated.   

Per the counsel of Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for the Indiana State Department of Health, we are concerned about safe-guarding the health and well-being of our community, and therefore recommend that infants less than a year of age who are too young to be vaccinated and anyone who is immunocompromised or unvaccinated should speak to a medical provider before attending church services until the outbreak has ended.

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest information as we receive it. Thank you for your prayers for the individuals who have contracted measles and for their speedy recoveries.

Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.

We have been notified by the Hamilton County Health Department that some children and adults may have been exposed to measles at events held here on the College Park main campus on the following dates:

  • Sunday, January 1
  • Sunday, January 15
  • Sunday, January 22
  • Sunday, January 29

The County and State Health Departments have asked us to notify you so that the church family is well informed about the measles and so that you can take appropriate precautions, if necessary. 
The County and State Health Departments have also given us information about symptoms, risks, and prevention of measles.  Click here to download & review the Health Department's information.  If you observe any symptoms or have questions about measles, please contact your family physician. 
We have worked with Department of Health of officials to ensure that our children's areas are safe for your children, and we have taken all appropriate measures. If you do notice any symptoms in your child, please stay home and notify your family physician.

If I obtain any more information regarding this situation, we will post the information here in new versions of this article. 

Thank you for your assistance in this matter and for being part of the College Park Church family.
Bill Dinsmore
Executive Pastor of Ministry