COVID-19 Update 3/16/20

Church Family,
 
Thank you so much for your participation in yesterday’s sermon and Town Hall meeting (if you missed joining us live, use those links to get caught up!). We were overwhelmed by the level of participation and engagement we were able to experience though miles apart.
 
The CDC’s recommendation yesterday means it’s likely that we will be holding Sunday worship services online for at least the next eight weeks. This is not what any of us envisioned for this spring – or for Pastor Craig’s last few weeks on staff! But we are determined to seek God’s face regarding how He may want to use this to do a new thing in our midst. As such, any and all possibilities are on the table regarding how we might leverage technology to create connection. We believe there are untapped “Well,” “Word,” and “World” opportunities that this lockdown will force us to discover through innovation.
 
Would you innovate with us? Let’s dream up ways we can reach our neighbors, serve our communities, minister to the anxious, and build community while in quarantine.
 
This is a season of unique challenge and unique opportunity. Thank you for leaning in to your church family instead of pulling away!

 

Updates:
 
1) Following government and public health recommendations, we are now discouraging all meetings of any size until further notice. This includes Life Groups.

 

2) The office staff will only be in briefly on Monday to set up what they need to work from home this week. We are working on forwarding the office phones to our cell phones. If you get the office voicemail, please listen to the voicemail instructions regarding how to contact church staff.
 
3) We are suspending our “No Spectators” sermon series indefinitely, as it doesn’t really lend itself to what we can accomplish in the online format. Expect future livestreamed sermons to follow yesterday’s interactive pattern.
 
4) The sendoff party for Pastor Craig and Marsha has been postponed indefinitely, probably until the summer. We want to send them off well, with hugs and kisses.
 
5) As announced in the sermon, we will be holding prayer meetings at noon every day this week (M-F). To join the prayer meeting:
 

–           Call the dial-in number, 425-436-6337, a few minutes before the scheduled time.

–           When prompted, enter the access code 490727 followed by pound or hash (#).
 
The teleconference will be in “Q&A” mode which means that all callers are muted to prevent noise disturbances and allow only one caller to be speaking at one time. If you want to share a request, press *6. The facilitator will selectively unmute participants one at a time for them to pray. Once unmuted, please state your name and pray, keeping to a maximum of 90 seconds to allow other callers time to participate. If you want to pray again, please press *6 to be re-added and follow the voice instructions.
 

Conference call etiquette:

– Call in a few minutes early so that everyone will be on the line at the planned starting time.

– If you are having problems connecting during the call, call 847-945-4630 and we will try to resolve the problem.

– Keep background noise and interruptions such as pets, children and household appliances to a minimum when you do speak.
 
6) Listen here for the song of the week (credit to Lisa Anderson).