COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Online Worship Services:

Even though we are all navigating some unique challenges because of the Corona virus, we are excited to explore some great new ways to worship together as a church family. Therefore, we will be making our worship service available on our home page by early Sunday morning each week.

And instead of “just pressing play” on this Sunday’s sermon, we are putting together an interactive worship experience for individuals and families alike that includes: prayer, worship (with lyrics), Scripture reading, and of course the Sunday sermon. In addition to this we have included some suggestions on how you can lead your family in worship.

  1. Scroll down the homepage to Recent Sermons and select this week’s sermon.
  2. Once you are on the sermon page, scroll down past the sermon video at the top of the page until you see the header “ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (current date).”
  3. Click link for song lyric sheets before you begin. They should open in another tab so your family can sing along with the music. If you want you can print copies for your family.
  4. Progress through the liturgy: reading verses, praying prayers, and clicking links to play worship music and the Sunday sermon. Note: You must stop each video after it has played or Youtube will begin playing a totally random video.

Remember that even though we are not meeting together as a church in the same building we are sharing in the same worship experience week-to-week. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24–26). 

 

Past Updates

Given the rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus, the elders met and decided it was appropriate to cancel Sunday morning worship services until further notice. We want to assure you that this decision is not made out of fear, but out of love for our entire congregation, many of whom are in the high-risk category because of their age. There are many things we do not know about this problem, so we think it wise to: (1) follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Washington State Health Department; and (2) continue to monitor the developing situation. It is our sincere hope that this will be a short-lived situation.

Illness Prevention

In the meantime, practice steps to prevent illness, including frequent hand-washing, minimizing close contact (especially as you greet each other), and staying at home if you’re experiencing sickness (and seeking out medical care). For those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, which includes older adults, those with chronic medical conditions, or those with weakened immune systems, please take necessary precautions.

Sunday Worship (March 19th update)

We will not be holding regular worship services or events through April 26th (unless restrictions are lifted  before that time).

  • Sunday sermons will be recorded and posted on our website and our Youtube channel by 8:00am Sunday morning.
  • Following recent CDC guidelines, we no longer encourage smaller gatherings in individual homes to participate in worship together.

Events (March 19th Update)

  • Events: Activities and gatherings that take place at the church building are suspended until further notice, including but not limited to E4m (Sunday School), Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study, Gifted Hands, and Kitsap Chordsmen.
  • Small Groups: Following recent CDC recommendations Small Groups are cancelled until further notice. We are exploring online options.

Our Service To Each Other (March 19th Update)

  • Please check in via phone/text with older congregants and those who have compromised immune systems.
  • Be aware of those in your small groups or Sunday school classes who have been laid off or become unemployed because of shutdowns. Keep in mind the availability of the Benevolent Fund, and encourage organic and mutual support of those in need.
  • If you need help with picking up groceries, medications, or other necessary errands, please contact the church office, your small group leader, our Minister of Care (Roger Anderson), or one of the elders.

Stewardship

  • Please realize that we still need your faithful tithes and offerings during this time to pay the bills, staff, and our missionaries.
  • Giving options:
    • Mail in your tithe checks
    • Drop them off at the church office during the week
    • Website: Go to the Giving page

A Call to Faith Not Fear:

Psalm 46:1­–7, 10–11 (ESV)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah