CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, September 9, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

It is hard to believe that it has already been six months since we discontinued in person services. Other than a trial run in the spring we will be opening the church for services beginning on Sunday, September 13th, at 10:00am. We will be continuing our online services as usual and they will continue to be available from 8:30am on Sunday mornings.

On August 10th our state updated the guidelines for churches. We are able to have 75 people in our main room (25% of capacity). After allowing for our staff of volunteers that will work out to about 65 folks in the room. The regulations call for us to wear masks and to socially distance. We will have an opportunity to voluntarily sign in so that you can be easily contacted if necessary. We are not planning to pre-register for Sunday morning, but will need to limit attendance to the first 65 folks.

Families with children are welcome to join us. Pastor Jessica will have a “busy bag” for kids to use in the sanctuary and the San Juan (Preschool) room will be available to families. It will not be staffed, but will provide some space for little ones to run and play! We encourage those who are considered a part of the vulnerable population to seriously consider staying at home at this time. All are encouraged to take their temperature before coming to church. The church will be thoroughly cleaned before Sunday morning. Hand sanitizer and masks (for those who forget) will be available. We will not be able to admit anyone without a mask.

Please remember that other fall opportunities for learning and fellowship are beginning soon. The Mending the Divides book study happens on Monday, September 14th, at 4:00pm. You can get your book this week from Amazon. Children and young families have been having some small group events and online activities. Youth programming has begun for the fall. Ladies Bible Study begins on Wednesday, September 16th. You can attend in person or online. Everyone is encouraged to be apart of a Compass Group this fall. If you need help finding a place please contact Pastor Nancy at nancye@northsoundchurch.com.

Let me encourage you to remember the encouraging words of Psalm 121.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Warm regards,

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, Sept 3, 2020

It is hard to believe that it has already been six months since we discontinued in person services. Other than a trial run in the spring we will be opening the church for services beginning on Sunday, September 13th, at 10:00am. We will be continuing our online services as usual and they will continue to be available from 8:30am on Sunday mornings.

On August 10th our state updated the guidelines for churches. We are able to have 75 people in our main room (25% of capacity). After allowing for our staff of volunteers that will work out to about 65 folks in the room. The regulations call for people to wear masks and to socially distance. We will have an opportunity to voluntarily sign in so that you can be easily contacted if necessary. We are not planning to pre-register for Sunday morning, but will need to limit attendance to the first 65 folks.

Families with children are welcome to join us. Pastor Jessica will have a “busy bag” for kids to use in the sanctuary and the San Juan (Preschool) room will be available to families. It will not be staffed, but will provide some space for little ones to run and play! We encourage folks who are considered a part of the vulnerable population to seriously consider staying at home. All are encouraged to take their temperature before coming to church. The church will be thoroughly cleaned before Sunday morning. Hand sanitizer and masks (for those who forget) will be available. We will not be able to admit anyone without a mask.

Please remember that other fall opportunities for learning and fellowship are beginning soon. The Mending the Divides book study happens on Monday, September 14th, at 4:00pm. You can get your book this week from Amazon. Children and young families have been having some small group events and online activities. Youth programming has begun for the fall. Ladies Bible Study begins on Wednesday, September 16th. You can attend in person or online. Everyone is encouraged to be apart of a Compass Group this fall. If you need help finding a place please contact Pastor Nancy at nancye@northsoundchurch.com.

Coronavirus Update, Aug 6, 2020

In spite of our unusual circumstances, I hope you all have been able to enjoy some time of rest this summer. The Pacific Northwest is so beautiful, especially this time of year.

We have been working hard to provide a quality worship service each Sunday, as well as offer opportunities for fellowship with our care groups and resources for personal learning. As you may recall, earlier this summer we discovered trying to provide a high-quality Sunday worship experience online, while also having a high-quality in-person gathering at the church, proved to be a challenge. As the safety rules have not changed, for August, this is still the case.

However, Pastor Allan is currently working on developing a plan for in-person services to begin in September. We will also continue to provide online Sunday services to accommodate everyone’s unique circumstances.

We want to encourage you to stay connected with the North Sound family and engage in spiritual growth. You are welcome to join an online care group or come by the Little White Church at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a personal time of prayer. On Wednesday mornings at 7am we have a prayer meeting which you can be a part of online or in person. Join us on Sunday mornings for our services beginning at 8:30am. Also, if there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

6 And I am sure of this,
that he who began a good work in you
 will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, July 2, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

For most of the years North Sound Church has been serving our community we have had a float in the annual Fourth of July Parade in Edmonds. It has been so exciting to see thousands in our community and hand out water, candy, or flags over the years. Sadly, this year the parade has been cancelled so it will be a quieter Fourth than usual. May I encourage you to take some time in prayer this Independence Day to thank the Lord for our freedom and to pray for an end to these challenging times as well as a deep look at how we can contribute to a more just society.

This weekend we will be again making our service available online at 8:30am here. This is communion Sunday so please have some juice (or other liquid) available along with a cracker and some bread.

While we will have some disappointment about a quiet Fourth, let’s remember that the joy of the Lord is our strength and we can have that joy regardless of circumstances.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, June 26, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

Last Sunday we attempted to welcome folks into the sanctuary and also live stream and we found it to be a challenge for all. Our apologies to those of you who connected via livestream and had difficulty with video and sound. We believe we have solved those problems and anticipate a much better experience for you this Sunday.

We also apologize to those who were hoping to join with us in the sanctuary in the coming Sundays. We hope to “open” the church soon, but we discovered challenges producing the service for both online and in-church and decided to discontinue the in-church services for now. As we move towards Phases 3 and 4 we anticipate a better experience at the church itself. We have also ordered equipment that is in high demand that will help us with the live streaming from the building.

We really appreciate your prayers as elders and staff as we seek to navigate what is best for the North Sound Church family during this time.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, June 22, 2020

Services in the North Sound Center Temporarily Discontinued

Dear North Sound Church Family,

In consultation with the North Sound Church Elders we have decided to discontinue services in the North Sound Church sanctuary for the time being. There are three reasons behind this decision. The State requires that all participants in worship for a live service need to be masked. We have found it quite difficult to produce an intelligible live service with our worship team and pastors being masked. Secondly, it appears that North Sound folks are not in a hurry to get back to live worship under the current circumstances. This past Sunday we had only eight people other than the worship team, staff, elders and their families in attendance. The third reason is that it is difficult with our current equipment to provide a quality worship experience both in the North Sound Church sanctuary and for those who are tuning in via the internet. Given the fact that the vast majority of our family are connecting via the internet we have decided that we need to focus on preparing the best possible experience for those who are viewing from home.

We apologize to those of you who were anticipating joining us in the sanctuary. This is a temporary measure and as the State begins to open up we anticipate making services available once again in the church building itself. Thank you for your patience in the meantime as we wrestle with creating a meaningful service for all and compliance with the requirements of our State. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Warm regards,

Pastor Barry

barryc@northsoundchurch.com

Coronavirus Update, June 19, 2020

Dear North Sound Family,

Happy almost Father’s Day!

We hope you enjoyed seeing the service from the sanctuary of North Sound Church last Sunday.  We still have some room for those who wish to attend this Sunday. You can register here. We will continue to make the service available at 8:30am on Sundays and beyond for those who choose to worship from home.

For those who choose to attend a service in person, our aim is to follow the state guidelines for reopening places of worship in Phase 2, but also to ensure that we are doing our best to keep one another safe.   Here is what we all need to do as we begin to attend church events and meet in person:

  • Help us by signing in. (In the event of an outbreak this allows us to contact individuals if necessary); we will have a greeters table and it will be a quick sign in. (Sign in sheets are discarded after two weeks unless they are needed for contact tracing.)
  • Bring and wear your face mask (but we will have some available too) to follow the recommendations of the state
  • We will exit to out-doors right after the service. (Recent data shows almost no transmission out-doors.)
  • No hugs for now and touch-free greetings;  we will keep the recommended 6 foot social distance.
  • Have coffee before you come!

On Sunday at 10am you will have an opportunity on the North Sound Church website to register for the 8:30am service on Sunday, June 28th. For the time being we are going to continue with one service in the church building.

We will have Mr. Goodbars available for all the men in the congregation after the service from 9:30am – 10am. Please stop by even if you don’t make it to the service.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Pastor Barry

Coronavirus Update, June 11, 2020

Dear North Sound Church Family,

What we have witnessed in our lives over the past couple of weeks and months is a call to prayer. Please join us in your own quiet time to remember the national unrest that is taking place and pray that it will lead to justice for all. Remember those who have been affected by racism and our police who play such an important role. Please be in prayer for our political and public health leaders as well as those who are working on vaccines and treatment for Covid-19. You are welcome to join us for our virtual prayer meeting on Wednesday mornings at 7am. For an invitation just email info@northsoundchurch.com.

It is a joy to finally begin to make plans for us to be together again, even if it looks differently than it did the last time we were together on March 1st. Please excuse the longer than usual email as we share about what we anticipate the next few weeks to look like. Thanks to all of you who took time to give us feedback on the survey. We found that 60% of those who responded are expecting to return to church services as soon as possible! Please know that live-streaming of our services will continue indefinitely. There will be no onsite Children’s or Youth ministry in the month of June. Families are welcome to join the Zoom Sunday School on Sunday mornings. At this point the regulations still only allow for five people to gather in homes other than the host family so we anticipate small groups and huddles will need to wait until the next Phase to reconnect.

This weekend our worship team and staff will record the service from North Sound Church. The church building will remain closed, but you will be able to enjoy the service starting at 8:30am on Sunday morning. At 10am there will be a link on the North Sound website that will allow you to register for the June 21st service. If you are part of the first 30 folks to register, we ask that you take a couple of Sundays off so others can worship as well.

We have a tentative plan for the next few Sundays. I say “tentative” in that we will be evaluating after each Sunday and monitoring the Snohomish County Health Department guidance.

Sunday, June 21st

Our sanctuary seats about 300 people. The Phase 2 allowance is for us to be able to worship with 25% of the room capacity (75 for us), or 50 people, whichever is less. So, we will make available 30 seats for this Sunday for one service at 8:30am. (allowing for worship team, staff, media, and sound, ushers, etc.). On Sunday morning at 10am we will make available a link on the North Sound Church website where you can register as individuals for the June 28th service.

Sunday, June 28th

We anticipate that there will still be a maximum capacity of 50 people so we will provide an opportunity after the service on June 21st to register 30 people for the 8:30am and 10am services the following Sunday, June 28th on the church website.

At this point we do not know what July will bring as we do not have specific guidance from our health authorities. We may continue with 50 people; we may be able to move up to 75 people, and we may be able to add a service. We will also have further guidance for Children’s and Youth ministries. Please standby as we evaluate our opening in June and as we get further information.

Reopening the church will require all of us to do our part to assure that we do this safely. Here are some guidelines for all of us.

  • No more than 50 persons including volunteers, will be permitted per service during Phase 2.
  • The main entrance of the sanctuary will be the only door used for entry and exit.
  • An outdoor table with designated greeters will be available for sign-in of all persons attending services or Sunday School and a no-touch thermometer.
  • Sign-in sheets will be maintained for two weeks to allow for contact tracing.
  • Signage will be posted related to symptoms to be aware of and we ask that everyone self -monitor temperatures at home.
  • Masks or face covers will be required for all staff and participants and will be available at the entrance to the church if individuals forget to bring a mask.
  • Hand gel will be readily available for use.
  • No more than two persons will be allowed in rest rooms and between services, high touch surfaces will be wiped down.
  • No communal food or coffee will be served.
  • The congregation and staff, as well as volunteers, will adhere to a no-touch greeting process, and service of communion.
  • The worship team will maintain social distance recommendations.
  • Those who are in high-risk categories are encouraged to postpone re-attending church for now.

We anticipate the church office opening for regular hours on Tuesday, June 16th. There will be signage relative to the protocol for entering the office. If you have any questions please contact us at info@northsoundchurch.com, by calling the office at 425-776-9800, or emailing any of the staff.

In the next couple of weeks, we plan to honor our North Sound graduates. If you are graduating or have a loved one who is graduating please let us know.

Last Sunday I shared with you a passage that is so helpful when we experience the death, destruction, and chaos that we have seen around us. Written originally to Israel, it is God’s promise to us all and it gives us great hope. I love Jeremiah 29:11:

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

For those who have suffered the past few months and our friends who have suffered much longer, we can be encouraged with a brighter future. In the words of Fanny Crosby’s hymn: Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

Pastor Barry

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