As we live with Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order for the next few weeks, our worship situation will change yet again, although we will keep streaming live worship.
The important thing for you to know is that worship will still be available at 9:45 every Sunday on our YouTube channel. You can find this via the link on our homepage.
What is changing is that, during this order, I will be streaming worship from my home rather than from the church building. Gov. Inslee has explicitly stated that ministers and assistants may gather at the church in small groups to stream worship. However, because I am able to do this from home, I do not believe that bringing people into the sanctuary to stream worship is a necessary risk.
I hope that this helps stress how important it is for all of us to stay home as much as humanly possible, not only for your own safety, but for the health and safety of our neighbors and friends who may be inadvertently exposed by us or others carrying the virus around from place to place.
We all hope to be back to normal (or at least back down to a lower level of caution) soon; however, this may take longer than we expect, and certainly longer than we want.
The staff and I are already talking about how we will observe Holy Week and Easter in light of the pandemic. Good ideas are being shared, and we will let you know soon what to expect for this highest and holiest festival of our year. For now, just know that there is nothing that can keep us from celebrating the feast of the resurrection.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge that we are all covering new territory. Many of us are being pulled into a world of technology we never before knew about or had to use. To all of you who are becoming more intimate with your computer than you ever dared imagine you would be, I commend you for your courage and your patience.
The staff are also learning, and we hope to keep improving communication, streaming quality, and lines of connection as we move forward. If you have suggestions for how we can do better, please let us know.
Thank you for your faithfulness! The building may be closed, but the church is still open.