COVID-19 Update 3/17/20

Church Family,
Let’s fight loneliness! Please don’t underestimate the adverse effects of isolation if we don’t find ways to interact with one another. Remember Romans 12:5 – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Those words are no less true in quarantine.
Along those lines, many of you have asked about whether the church has a way for people to connect while apart. Consequently, we have compiled a summary of several ways to videoconference (thanks to Alex Rodriguez for compiling the following list!).

Option #1: Facetime via Iphones/Ipads

Use if you have less than 30 people and if everyone you’re connecting with has an Apple device.

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Tap the + button (it’s in the upper-right corner on an iPhone/iPad).
  3. Enter the name or number of a person you want to add to the call.
  4. Enter up to 30 additional contacts.
  5. Tap Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call.


Option #2: Google Hangouts

Use if you have less than 10 people and if everyone you’re connecting with has a Google account.

  1. Once you have logged in to your Google account using a Mac or PC, you will need to visit the Google Calendar site.
  2. In Google Calendar, you will have to click on ‘Create’ to add a new event to the calendar.
The ‘Create’ option is located on the left-hand side of the screen.
  1. Enter all the required details of the event, which include the name of the meeting, the

date and time of the meeting, etc.

  1. Select the ‘Add a location or conferencing’ feature and then click ‘Add conferencing’ to

enable Google Hangouts.

  1. You will see the ‘Add guests’ field where you will be required to input the email

addresses or contact names of those individuals that you wish to invite to your Hangout meeting.

  1. After filling all the required fields, click on ‘Save’ to schedule the Google Hangout to

meet. This will send out invites to all your attendees.

  1. Click the link to open Google Hangouts a few minutes before the scheduled time.


Option #3: Zoom

Use if neither of the above options apply. NOTE: directions below apply ONLY to meetings of 100 or fewer people for 40 minutes or less. If your meeting will exceed 40 minutes, please contact the church office for access to the church’s paid Zoom account (you will need to reserve time with Dawn on our Zoom calendar).

  1. If you don’t have an account, go to and create a free account.
  2. Download Zoom to your computer and/or phone and complete installation.
  3. Open Zoom and select “Sign in.”
  4. Setting Up a Zoom Meeting
      • Click either the Start without video or Start with a video button, depending on your needs.
      • Click the Invite button at the bottom of the meeting window.
      • You can share the invitation in a few different ways:
          • Click the Copy URL button, then paste the URL into an email message to the participants you wish to invite.
          • Click the Copy invitation button, then paste the message into an email to the participants you wish to invite.
          • Click one of the email service buttons. Your chosen email service will appear with a preformatted invitation.
  5. Joining a Zoom Meeting 
    • Open your event confirmation email.
    • Click the Zoom meeting link.
    • You will be prompted to open the application automatically.

If you aren’t tech-savvy, and the above seems overwhelming, that’s okay! Call the church office, and we will connect you with someone who can help you navigate these waters. It’s worth it to learn now – these social distance measures could be with us for a long time!

Other Updates:

1)         Following government and public health recommendations, we are now cancelling all meetings at the church until further notice. Adat Hatikvah has done the same.

2)         The office staff is now working exclusively from home. Calls are being forwarded from the church phones; if you get a voicemail, we will call you back as soon as possible.

3)         We are working on a plan to increase the usage of our social media accounts in order to help the church family stay connected with one another. If you aren’t already connected with us, please follow the following:

            Facebook –

            Twitter –

            Instagram –

4)         Sunday’s Town Hall Meeting included some important updates in the life of our church, and specifically our church staff. Many of you have watched that Town Hall Meeting by now. You can also read the statements from the elders here, and view Laurence’s PowerPoint slides here. Thank you for continuing to pray for each of our staff members and their families.

5)         We are continuing to hold 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 followed by 1. 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.

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.

Thank you! We will keep these regular (every 1-2 days) updates coming until we settle into a “new normal.” Until then, we have much to which we must adapt!