Together We're Better

Health updates

OFFICES: Per President Trump’s public request, our church staff began working remotely 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 in-person services and events have been moved online.

We are closely monitoring the ever-changing guidelines and directives in accordance with the State of Washington’s orders and the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.  

STAY INFORMED: Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!

USE WISDOM: Get facts from a trusted source like Washington Dept. of Health

We'd love to have your participate in our current services and events. Remember you are LOVED and we don't want you to do life alone. We’re here to help! Contact us at info@thegardentricities.com, complete Connection Cards online, or call the office number: 509-735-1650.
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

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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.

SERVICES
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.

EVENTS
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!

OFFICES
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 info@thegardentricities.com and will be routed to the correct team lead. You may also complete Connection Cards online.

PRAYER
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.

STAY INFORMED
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.

USE WISDOM
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!

Posted 10:46AM PDT Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID-19 AND STAYING HEALTHY AT THE GARDEN

At a time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing practical safety precautions to ensure the health and safety of those who worship with us.

During this time, many people are concerned and desire to know that steps are being taken to provide the highest safety possible.  We are closely monitoring the guidance of local and national health organizations the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus.  Presently, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities and no individual is under investigation in the Tri-Cities.

Our focus is to ensure we walk by faith and demonstrate the enemies defeat while, at the same time, doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • We’ve enhanced cleaning techniques for our meeting spaces, paying special attention to touch points such as chairs, door handles and other hard surfaces.
  • We’re cleaning more frequently and continue to use recommended sanitizing products.
  • In addition, we are taking steps to ensure the welfare of our staff.  This includes instructing those who feel ill to stay home and consult their healthcare providers.
  • In an effort to be proactive, you may notice a few changes in how are services are conducted.

As a community, we advise you to follow the guidance being provided by health officials:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your elbow, if you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.
  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you start to feel ill, contact a medical professional immediately.

Stay informed by using fact-based resources for information such as:
Benton Franklin Health District 
Washington State Department of Health 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 

If you have any questions, we are here for you.  Please call us at (509)735-1650 with any questions and remember to stay connected via social media. Not feeling well? Our 9:30am Sunday service will be streamed live on YouTube and that’s also where you can watch other services again!

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team.

Best regards,

Pastor Thom
The Garden
Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
Matthew 10:5-8 The Message