SERVICES & EVENTS: Saturday communion and prayer is 6pm on our Facebook page. Sunday 9:30am service is live on our Facebook page. Sunday at 11am, that same service will be rebroadcast on our YouTube channel. (That’s also where you can watch past messages anytime!) Kids preschool through 5th Grade: Each weekend’s lesson and activity are uploaded to the gKIDS page.
Previously scheduled events have been modified or postponed and may be rescheduled at a later date. All youth 6th-12th grades should like the Facebook GYM page and be ready to go live at 7pm Wednesday night!
OFFICES: Per President Trump’s public request, our church staff has been working remotely since the afternoon of March 17. In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order announced March 23, 2020, and the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America updated March 29, all services and events have been postponed. The return to office date has been extended through approximately April 30, 2020. We’re here to help! Contact us at email@example.com, complete Connection Cards online, or call the office number: 509-735-1650.
USE WISDOM: Get facts from a trusted source like Washington Dept. of Health
Updated Monday, March 30, 2020
A NOTE FROM PASTOR THOM
Realizing that our current condition possesses all the traits required for anxiety, fear and worry, we know that God is with us. He hasn’t authorized a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and soundness of mind. With all that He’s provided for us, we can experience great peace, even in the midst of unbridled panic. Our faith is more creative than these fears. Godly wisdom crushes all of our worries.
I certainly wish that we were gathering together in corporate worship right now. I can’t think of a single thing I enjoy more than that! However, going to church isn’t a real option today. BEING the Church isn’t an option, either. It’s our MANDATE.
There are many ways to elevate our engagement during this season of isolation. While “social distancing” is currently requested, and essential, to assist in the decline of spreading germs, why don’t we focus our efforts towards an increase in “relational reaching?”
- Send texts and emails, make phone calls, send cards in the mail when God brings someone to your mind.
- Check on the elderly, those you haven’t heard from in a while, someone you know who struggles with anxiety. Be brave and make the first move!
- Offer to help someone who is sick by picking up medicine, bringing food or dropping off supplies at the front door.
- Let us know if someone in your world is sick and in need.
- Express gratitude – it makes you happier and boosts your immune system.
- Pray, prepare, pray, prepare, and pray some more!
There are numerous uncertainties during this time. However, one certainty remains absolutely true; Together, We’re Better! And we’re in this Together.
We’re able to pray together, even if it demands we pray from different locations. We’re able to worship together, even if it requires connecting through the internet. We’re able to touch each other, even though it’s by means of intentional actions, rather than physical contacts. We’re NOT separated, even though for now, we are apart.
Believe with me: “He crowns the year with His goodness, and even the hard paths overflow with abundance.” (Psalms 65:11) Believe with me: Our final outcome will be better than our current condition. Believe with me: We’ll be stronger when this is over than we were when it began. Believe with me!
You’re being prayed for constantly. You’re being watched over faithfully. You’re being used mightily. Don’t lose heart. Don’t grow weary. Choose peace over panic; faith over fear. God is on your side!
Let’s Believe Together,
Pastor Thom Fields
Posted March 17, 2020
COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATE
We are subject to all leaders God has put in authority. This includes leaders at the Federal, State and Local levels. (Romans 13) Our team has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation through the Governor’s office Washington State Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Benton Franklin Health District and will continue to take proactive approaches to keep our community healthy and safe.
As stated in our previous Health Update, here are some changes in how service will be conducted, church services will be online only until the restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch from any smartphone, tablet, computer, or smart TV. You can also access our sermon archives on our Messages page, YouTube channel, and iTunes.
The following events have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date, or they will be modified:
- Celebration of Life for Amber Angotti (previously scheduled for 3/20)
- Bike Night (previously scheduled for 3/27)
- MANday Men’s Breakfast (stay tuned for details!)
- Garden Youth (GYM) will be online! All youth (6th-12th grades) should like the GYM page and be ready at 7pm Wednesday night!
- Grow Groups: Group life doesn’t stop just because we can’t get together in person! There’s Facetime, Facebook messenger video chats, Google hangouts, or a simple phone call. Continue growing together!
Per President Trump’s public request, our church staff will be working remotely through March 31. We’re available via email, social media, phone, if you have their numbers. General inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be routed to the correct team lead. You may also complete Connection Cards online.
We believe in miracles – any occurrence that can only happen by divine intervention – and know that when we pray, God answers! Continue pray for those affected this current public emergency and for our local community, nation, and the world. You may also submit Prayer Requests online.
We continue to monitor this situation closely and look forward to sharing closely with local health authorities to determine when we will resume public attendance in our services. Connect with us on our website, Facebook, Instagram.
Get facts from a trusted source like Washington Dept. of Health and:
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.
- Stay home if you have symptoms to prevent spreading infection to others.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits:
- Handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol if you can’t wash
- Cover your cough
- Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
Remember – together, we’re better. Reach out, check on your neighbors, support local business, and be a light it seems darkness is trying to take over. Let’s SEEK God’s ways, SEE what He sees, say what He shows us, and take a STAND. We know something big is just on the horizon!