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.
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.
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:
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 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!
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.
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