Coronavirus Update, June 4, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

There is much to pray for in our nation and our world in this season. In addition to all of the implications of dealing with Covid-19, we have seen tragedy after tragedy unfold in our communities. Let us remember our leaders, those who have lost loved ones to violence, the evils of racism, for those who have lost property, for those whose job it is to preserve the peace and for unity to come upon our land.

Friends, this Sunday we will join together for communion. Please have some bread or crackers and some juice or wine ready on Sunday morning so we can remember the sacrifice of our Lord for our sins. We look forward to the time soon when we can gather in person for this wonderful time of thanksgiving for the cross.

As I write this letter, we are anticipating a response from our state government to the Snohomish County application to move to Phase 2 of our coronavirus response plan. That will allow us to begin to look at gathering again at church at some level. In discussion with our elders we plan to take this slowly so that we can come back together again but do so safely. Would you help us by completing a survey that will allow you to share your feelings with us about resuming worshiping in person. This will help us in our planning. You can find the survey here.

Grieving and Growing is a 2-week class, that creates space for us to acknowledge the grief and loss that we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and then to cultivate rhythms in our lives to keep us connected to God and one another during this time.  Taught by Debbie Rosenfelt and Nancy Eckardt, Saturdays, June 13 and 20, 9-10:15am.  Register at info@northsoundchurch.com.

A couple of weeks ago in our study of Philippians we were reminded that one of the antidotes to anxiety is to change the way we think. Paul describes what we should think about:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8).

In troublesome times let’s think good thoughts! This Sunday we will conclude our series with the second part of our sermon on anxiety.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, May 29, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

As I write this on Friday morning, we are expecting a beautiful day with 80 degree temperatures. I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy God’s creation. Before my mom passed away, I interviewed her on video about her life and asked her about her favorite season. It was spring! I can certainly understand why!

This week Governor Inslee gave some guidance regarding the reopening of churches. Currently, in Phase 1, churches are able to hold outdoor services with masks and social distancing. The North Sound staff and elders are meeting to look at ways we can begin to meet together during this Phased approach. Currently our situation in downtown Edmonds would not be conducive to an outdoor gathering, but we are looking at what we will be able to do as a church as we approach each Phase. We will be sure to communicate to you during this process. Beyond any state or local requirements we want to assure that we do what is necessary to provide a safe environment for you. We are planning to continue the availability of worship online indefinitely.

Some of our folks are not “online” and only have a phone for connection. We are making the sermons available online for them by calling 425-242-3944. If you are receiving this email update you are obviously online, but if you know of folks who are not who would still like to participate with us by hearing the sermon please let them know.

While we are still gathering from home, please send us a 10 second email greeting to the congregation! Just take a brief video with your phone and send it to pk@northsoundchurch.com.

We invite you to join us for our regularly scheduled events and invite you to join a care group or request a pastoral phone call by sending a note to info@northsoundchurch.com or calling the church office.

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day in the church year when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John (16:7), Jesus reminds us of how important the coming of the Spirit is for all of us!

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away,
for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.

We are so thankful that Jesus sent us the Helper!

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, May 20, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

My thanks to many of you who have indicated your appreciation of our Sunday online services. Pastor Allan passed on to me one of the best compliments about the sermons. Lynn, shared with him that she enjoyed the sermons so much she listened to them to go to sleep by at night! Perhaps if you are experiencing stress in this season and have having trouble sleeping you should take Lynn’s advice!

We have not had a greeting time at North Sound for over two months now. We have figure out a way for some of us to pass on a greeting to the rest of the family. Would you take time to send a 10 second video of you and any family members that are living with you giving a greeting to the rest of the church family. You can simply says something like, “Hi North Sound Church! We miss you!” or some other words of greeting. Please send your videos to pk@northsoundchurch.com.

Once again we would like to invite you to join us for Alpha this evening at 7pm. You can still register by following the link here.

Bob Lonac recently interviewed me about how the church is responding to this unusual time. If you are interested you can catch the video interview here.

This Sunday we continue our series from Philippians where we are reminded:

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, May 13, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

Last week we celebrated Mother’s Day at North Sound Church. Carole, a woman in our Care Group, mentioned something that Victor Hugo, the famous French author who wrote Les Miserables, said in another novel. There was a scene in which a group of soldiers came across a woman with a baby and two young children who were all starving. The sergeant dug in his pocket and fished out a loaf of government regulation bread and handed a piece to the mother. She broke it into two and handed it to her children. In soon disappeared in the mouths of the famished children.

“She has kept none for herself,” grumbled the sergeant.
“Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier.
“Because she is a mother,” said the sergeant.

Mothers are motivated to do some selfless things, but we who follow Jesus are also motivated by the example of the One who went to the cross and gave his life for us. He is the One who said he came into the world not to be served but to serve.

Friends, may I encourage you this week to some act of service? Within the confines of social distancing can you help a neighbor, pick up groceries, call someone you know is lonely, send a card, volunteer at a food bank? The list is really quite long.

Remember our weekly events which include Alpha tonight at 7pm. You can still register by following the link here.

This week let’s engage in serving our Lord with thankful hearts.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him (Psalm 28:7).

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update May 6, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

Now that we have a tentative plan for reopening from our Governor it is encouraging to look over the horizon and begin to think about re-entry into relationships that up until now have been mostly over our phones and computers. It looks like the earliest we can gather with even a smaller number of people is late June. We will be in touch with our plans as we get closer to the date.

Tonight the Alpha Course begins at 7pm. You are invited to join us by registering here. Please consider who you can invite to join you for Alpha. It is great for believers of all levels of experience, but is especially good for those who are looking into the Christian faith.

The National Day of Prayer is on the first Thursday of May, which is tomorrow. Please join others across the nation in remembering our city, state, country and the world in this challenging season.

Sunday is Mother’s Day at North Sound Church. We will have a special song to honor mom’s and a gift for all of the North Sound Church ladies at the church from 10am – 12am. We would love for you to have a plant from North Sound and will be careful in conveying it to you on Sunday if you stop by the church!

If you are not part of a Care Group or be connected with others from the church through a phone call please let us know by calling the church office or emailing info@northsoundchurch.com.

Thanks to all who helped with the Edmonds Food Bank drive this week!

In an uncertain time remember the encouraging words of John:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update April 30, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

On Friday of this week we should have a little more information from our governor on plans to begin to reopen our state. I am writing this on Wednesday, and it looks like the stay-at-home order will be extended again. We are certainly looking forward to seeing you all soon, but we want to be safe and ready when the time comes.

In the meantime, we still have opportunities to serve our community during this challenging time. The Edmonds Food Bank could use our help by dropping off pasta and canned goods. Drop off times are Mondays and Tuesdays between 9am and 1pm. The Edmonds Food Bank is located below the United Methodist Church at 828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020.

We want to remind you that Alpha Online begins next Wednesday at 7pm. This is a great course for both long-time Christians and those who want to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. Alpha will have a half-hour video presentation followed by a small group discussion for a total of about one hour. You can register for Alpha online here.

Folks, please remember that even though we don’t have Connect Cards online we do encourage you to share with us your prayer requests. You can call the church office, email info@northsoundchurch.com, or any of the pastoral staff.

In the middle of isolation and even loneliness, let’s remember that we are not alone. In the last words of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus gives us these words of comfort:

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update April 24, 2020

Dear North Sound Family,

It seemed that for such a long time we were hearing bad news, so it is encouraging to begin looking over the horizon to a loosening of the shelter in place order. While we don’t know when the “dial” will be moved forward we have been doing some planning around what it might look like for us to be together again in person. As we receive more information from the governor we will be in touch regarding specific plans.

Here are a few updates on resources available through North Sound this week

  • Sunday: Service will be available after 8:30am on Sunday morning here.
  • Sunday: Families with children can enjoy online Sunday school by contacting Pastor Jessica at jessicao@northsoundchurch.com for the Zoom link.
  • Wednesday: Please join us for Wednesday morning prayer at 7am with Pastor Nancy by contacting her at nancye@northsoundchurch.com for the Zoom link.
  • Everyday: The Coronavirus Virtual Prayer Meeting Group with daily mediations is available here.

Also

  •  If you need a mask that is manufactured by folks in the North Sound Church family please call the church office (425) 776-9800 or email Jean Doerge at jeand@northsoundchurch.com.

If you missed Dr. Gregg Jantz as he addresses the topic: Overcoming Pandemic Desperation and Depression you can find it here.

We are looking forward to offering the Alpha Course online beginning on Wednesday, May 6th, at 7pm. While some of us have more time away from regular activities this is a great opportunity for Christians to grow in their faith and for inquirers to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. Please invite those who you think may be interested. More information is available here.

I love these words from 1 Peter where we are reminded of the living hope we have in Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

Pastor Barry

P.S., While we are spending substantially less than our budget please remember your financial commitment to the Lord’s work through North Sound Church. You are welcome to send in checks, use your banker online services, or our online giving page here.

Coronavirus Update April 16, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

I hope you were able to join us last week for the very special services around Holy Week. We had a wonderful communion service on Maundy Thursday evening, a time of fasting and prayer on Good Friday with a Zoom prayer meeting to close out the day, and a meaningful Easter Sunday service. If you missed these services you are able to find them on the North Sound Church website here. My thanks to all who made these events possible.

Here are a few updates on resources available through North Sound this week

·     Sunday: Service will be available after 8:30am on Sunday morning here.

·     Sunday: Families with children can enjoy online Sunday school by contacting Pastor Jessica atjessicao@northsoundchurch.com for the Zoom link.

·     Tuesday: April 21st, at 5pm, join our own Dr. Gregg Jantz as he addresses the topic: Overcoming Pandemic Desperation and Depression on Facebook Live here.

·     Wednesday: Please join us for Wednesday morning prayer at 7am with Pastor Nancy by contacting her at nancye@northsoundchurch.com for the Zoom link.

·     Everyday: The Coronavirus Virtual Prayer Meeting Group with daily mediations is availablehere.

Also

·      If you need a mask that is manufactured by folks in the North Sound Church family please call the church office (425) 776-9800 or email Jean Doerge at jeand@northsoundchurch.com.

·     Remember the gift of RightNow Media and its many Bible Study, adult, and children’s video resources that can be found here.

This Sunday we will continue our series from Paul’s letter to the Philippians in which he invites them to discover joy regardless of the circumstances. We can experience joy because of the love of God as we are reminded in Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Barry

P.S., While we are spending substantially less than our budget please remember your financial commitment to the Lord’s work through North Sound Church. You are welcome to send in checks, use your banker online services, or our online giving page here.

Coronavirus Update April 8, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

In the middle of the challenges we are all facing there are those funny expressions that are making the rounds. I saw one recently that said: “It’s like I’m 16 again. $5 is gas money and we are all grounded!” I have been encouraged with some signs that in Washington we are beginning to see the indicators move in the right direction.

We have busy few days coming up as we continue to remember Holy Week. This is one of the most important seasons in the church year. We move through the events leading up to the cross and resurrection. Let me take a moment to remind you of the opportunities for prayer and worship over the next few days.

Holy Week Devotions: are happening each morning. They are available at 6am and thereafter and are looking at the 23rd Psalm. You can view them here.

Maundy Thursday Service: takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm and will be available online at the North Sound Church website (www.northsoundchurch.com). This is a communion service remembering the Last Supper. Please set aside some communion elements of juice and bread or whatever is available for the service.

Good Friday Fasting and Prayer: join with a number of denominations across the United States in a time of fasting and prayer from sunrise to sunset. A list of prayer requests is posted here. You can also check out the Coronavirus Virtual Prayer Meeting Facebook Group here.

Good Friday Prayer Meeting: will take place at 7pm on Friday. Pastors and elders will be leading us in a time of prayer around the virus situation. You can join us through a link here.

Easter Sunday Morning: is going to be a wonderful experience. Pastor Allan and his team have put together a deeply meaningful time of worship with some fun surprises along the way. While we may not be able to worship with our extended families how about encouraging them to join with you online? You can watch the service anytime after 8:30am. It will be available here.

Friends, may you know the blessing of God’s Presence, the comfort of his peace and the joy of walking with him through the journey of life. Remember the wonderful encouragement we have from Paul’s letter to the Philippians where he says:

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Barry

P.S., While we are spending substantially less than our budget please remember your financial commitment to the Lord’s work through North Sound Church. You are welcome to send in checks, use your banker online services, or our online giving page here.

Coronavirus Update April 3, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

I recently heard of a church reader board sign that said, “I hadn’t planned on giving up this much for Lent!” By now many of us are probably beginning to feel this way. I have been thankful that this challenging time has been happening in springtime when we can get out for walks and enjoy that beauty of nature coming alive.

By now you should have had an invitation into a Zoom Care Group and a phone call to see how you are doing. If you haven’t received such an invitation, please let me know. We encourage you to be connected with the family of God during this time. On Thursday, Barb and I had our first Zoom Care Group where we got an update on how folks are doing and shared some questions about the application of the sermon to our lives. It was great to see familiar faces!

Next week is Holy Week, one of the most meaningful times of the church year as we remember our Lord’s death and resurrection. We are providing some special opportunities for Holy Week available by visiting: northsoundchurch.com

  • Lent & Holy Week Hymns Anthems and Spiritual Songs: A Youtube playlist available on the NSC website.
  • Palm Sunday: Join us as Shari and Casey lead us in worship and we spend time in God’s Word. The service will be online at 8:30am and thereafter.
  • Morning Devotionals: Each morning of Holy Week we will have a brief video devotional for you online looking at the 23rd We will have a link on our church homepage.
  • Maundy Thursday: This traditional communion service will be available at 7pm on Thursday. Please prepare in advance some juice, wine, or whatever you have available along with some bread or crackers for sharing in this communion service.
  • Good Friday: We are part of an association of churches called Converge. The churches in our network have been encouraged to remember Good Friday through a time of fasting and prayer from sunrise until sunset. The focus of prayer will be around the current crisis. We will conclude the day at 7pm with a Zoom prayer meeting. You are welcome to join us.
  • Easter Sunday: While we will still be worshiping virtually on Easter, Pastor Allan and his team have some special features planned for us. We encourage you to join us and invite family and friends to participate in the service wherever they may be.

In this time when we are all experiencing a mix of emotions, let’s remember to care for others. As the Prayer of St. Francis reminds us:

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.

Pastor Barry

P.S., While we are spending substantially less than our budget please remember your financial commitment to the Lord’s work through North Sound Church. You are welcome to send in checks, use your banker online services, or our online giving page here.

Coronavirus Update March 26, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

When this journey with the coronavirus started, we weren’t sure how long it would last. As a church we livestreamed our worship team for a couple of Sundays and then last Sunday I shared a message from my study at home. This coming Sunday will be the fourth one that we have not been together in person, but we have been together in spirit!

Casey and Shari Childers will lead us in worship this Sunday from their home! We will have Scripture reading and a pastoral prayer along with the next in our series of talks around the theme In Times Like These. We will consider the four helpers we have in this season as we look at Philippians 1:3-11. The service will be available at 8:30am and thereafter on our website.

We should soon have a care group system in place. We have asked elders, pastors, and lay leaders to invite you into a weekly Zoom group where we can connect with some folks in the congregation, get updates on how everyone is doing, and have a brief Bible study around questions from Sunday’s sermon. Participation is completely voluntary, but we encourage you to connect during this time when we are apart physically. (We will make instructions available on how to use Zoom as a tool to connect via phone, tablet or computer.)

Jean would like me to make you aware of a Centers for Disease Control document that is very helpful in understanding what to do if you suspect you have caught the virus. You can see the document here. Dr. Gregg Jantz, found of The Center: A Place of Hope and part of the North Sound Church family, will be doing a Facebook Live presentation at 5pm on Monday called: Coping With Anxiety and Depression in Challenging Times.

If you have not yet done so may I encourage you to join with the hundreds who have become a part of the Coronavirus Virtual Prayer Meeting here. Prayer is so important in these days. Even if you aren’t online you can join us at 7pm daily for prayer.

Today I close with a great prayer For Trustfulness in Times of Worry and Anxiety from The Book of Common Prayer.

Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide us from the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested unto us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, March 20, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

It has only been a couple of weeks, but I sure miss seeing the rest of the North Sound family. Wednesday at 7am I was able to participate in the Prayer Meeting via Zoom and that evening I was able to greet the Steward/Schwegler small group in the same way. Not quite as good as hugs, but wonderful for now!

Unfortunately, after only two Sundays, we need to discontinue livestreaming our Sunday morning services. We received counsel from two physicians that even a group of that size exposes the worship team to a level of risk. We hope to re-engage with livestreaming as soon as it is prudent. In the meantime, we will make available a play list of North Sound songs and recorded video of the sermon on the website – Sunday morning at 8:30 am. Feel free to access it anytime that is best for you.

This week NSC staff had the opportunity to call everyone in the North Sound family. If for some reason we missed you, please call the church office at 425-776-9800 and give Jan your contact information. We are working on a plan to connect with each of you weekly. We will be in touch with more information soon.

We want to encourage you in your Christian growth during this interesting time, so we have made available a host of videos through RightNow Media. We believe these resources can be a blessing to you and your entire family. Please sign up for this resource here.

Remember the Coronavirus Virtual Prayer Meeting Group. We launched on Monday and already have over 350 who have joined us in prayer. Pastor Nancy provides a daily meditation and prayer. It is a community place we can read the requests of others who might have particular need. Please access the virtual prayer meeting here. Everyone is encouraged to pause for prayer around this issue at 7pm every evening.

Speaking of prayer, I recently came across a beautiful one that I close with today.

Christ who appeared to your disciples
when the doors were shut;
appear unto all of those in the world today
who live their lives behind closed doors.

Pastor Barry

P.S., While we are spending substantially less than our budget please remember your financial commitment to the Lord’s work through North Sound Church. You are welcome to send in checks, use your banker online services, or our online giving page here.

Coronavirus Update, March 11, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

Last Sunday we had our first ever live-streamed service. There was an amazing turnout online and, in addition to the many who watched in Edmonds, we had snowbirds join us from California, Arizona, and Mexico! It was an unusual experience to speak to an empty room! I missed all of you, prompting Paul (PK) Kearney to suggest a laugh track for the Pastor’s bad humor. This Sunday we will again be meeting remotely by live-streaming our service at 10am. I hope you will be able to join us. Remember the link to the livestream is at the top of the North Sound Church website at www.northsoundchurch.com.

During this time when we are not gathering on Sunday morning, we have made available to all of the North Sound Church family a subscription to RightNow Media which provides a host of resources for our children (including over 2,000 videos), youth and adults. We encourage you to engage with these great resources. All of those for whom we have email addresses will receive an invitation from RightNow Media within the next couple of days. If we missed you, please let us know.

This morning our Governor prohibited gatherings of 250 or more in our county through the end of the month at a minimum, so we will continue to have our Sunday morning service remotely at least through this time. While the number is set at 250 the recommendation has been that there not be gatherings of groups larger than 50. Small groups will continue to decide if they would like to meet during this time.

We have some suggestions, from Jean Doerge, who heads up Parish Health, who forwarded this information from the Department of Health. Here are some guidelines for your own safety and the care of others.

You feel fine:

BUT you have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

BUT someone in your household has a cough and a fever, but has NOT been tested for COVID-19. The sick person needs to stay home until their fever and symptoms have been gone for 72 hours. You and the rest of the household can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. There are many potential respiratory diseases that can cause cough and a fever.

BUT a friend of a friend of yours has COVID-19. You can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. If you have not been around someone with COVID-19, the chances that it is COVID-19 are fairly low.

BUT you are worried about your older or medically fragile friends and relatives. This is a time to practice social distancing. Refrain from shaking hands, high fives, and hugs, stand 6 feet or more away from other people. See if you can work from home. Wash your hands frequently.

Have you been following Public Health Connection, the Department of Health’s blog? Follow us there and never miss a COVID-19 post!

Take care of yourself and others!

Additional helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control is available here.

I was just a kid when my mom paid me to memorize a special Bible verse that is so important to remember in this season:

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

May you experience God’s peace, even in the middle of the storms of life. Remember that we are “navigating life together,” even if for a season it is a “virtual” relationship. It is great to have you in the family!

Pastor Barry

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March 5, 2020 Update

Dear North Sound Church Family,

Over the past few weeks we have all watched with interest as the coronavirus impacted China and began to migrate around the world. More recently we have seen a number of cases in our own state. As a group of people who are navigating life together, we want to take a moment to share with you our planning for this contingency at North Sound Church. As your church leadership team, we have a fundamental responsibility for the safety of our people.

We are blessed to have Jean Doerge, formerly the Chief Nurse at Swedish Edmonds Hospital, on our North Sound staff, heading up Parish Health. Jean has been coordinating our response to this potential threat based on frequent daily monitoring of the bulletins from the Centers for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health and the Snohomish County Health Department.

Public Health — Seattle & King County and Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District have recommended that we do not gather in large groups as a precautionary measure aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. While this is not mandated, we believe that it is best for us to cooperate with our public health authorities, so we have decided to cancel our services for this Sunday. At this point the cancellation is only for this Sunday, so we encourage you to check our website or call the church office regarding future decisions.

We are actively planning to offer a North Sound worship service online at 10am Sunday morning. If we are unable to live-stream the entire service we will have the sermon for Sunday available via podcast on the website.

In addition to cancelling Sunday morning this week, implementing the Public Health guidelines means the cancellation of our Women’s Bible Study, children’s, and youth gatherings. King County has recommended no groups larger than 10 people gather while Snohomish County has set that number at 50, Therefore will leave up to each small group the decision whether they choose to meet. Please check the North Sound website for updates related to any changes. We hope to return to normal scheduling as soon as it is safe. Please remember that giving to the Lord’s work is available online or by stopping by the church office.

Let me encourage you to embrace prudence rather than panic in this season. We have been blessed by God to live in place with a world class health system and a church family that cares for each other. God knows our need and promises to be with us in the journey.

If you have any questions, please call or email Pastor Barry or Jean Doerge.

Warm regards,

Barry Crane
Senior Pastor barryc@northsoundchurch.com

Jean Doerge
Director of Parish Health jeand@northsoundchurch.com