What a week it’s been. I wanted to briefly update you on what is happening in the life of our church as we navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community. Please read this message in its entirety so you are equipped for the next several Sundays.
As you might have heard, Governor Inslee announced at a press conference this week that gatherings of 250+ people are prohibited from taking place, at least through March. This ordinance works in conjunction with Snohomish County's request that groups of 50+ consider suspending, and that everyone practice "social distancing" for the time being. This absolutely affects growing faith communities like ours, especially as we gear up to adopt some new families into our church.
In addition, the Everett School District has suspended all events taking place in their facilities, including our Sunday morning gatherings. Since we plan on shifting our services to the armory downtown (our new, permanent home) on Easter, it makes no sense to maintain the contract moving forward.
This means a couple things for us. First, given our upcoming transition into a permanent facility, we are officially no longer a “mobile” church. I imagine that might take a moment to compute for many of you, as it did me. Allow yourself to feel that, to process being done at View Ridge; remind yourself of all the good things God has done in/through us this last 2 years; prepare to be ultra-flexible in the coming weeks.
Secondly, given the Governor’s mandate, as well as our county’s requests, our church will be taking our services online-only for the foreseeable future. In light of this reality, our staff and team leads will be working hard to resource you and your group to thrive in the midst of drastic change to our normal rhythms.
Staying interconnected will be paramount as we combat feelings of isolation, as well as potential spiritual atrophy. We believe God is in control, but we’ll need to also do our part to tap into the people resources he’s helped us cultivate in our family.
I would also encourage you to pray without ceasing in the weeks ahead. Rather than turning a blind eye or isolating in fear, let‘s take our requests to God. Present your fears at his feet. Lift up prayers on behalf of the vulnerable. Seek his face. Perhaps God might make us a more purified people as we weather this storm together. In the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 CSB)
Lastly, our leaders are available if you are wanting to talk through any of your questions or concerns. Please reach out to any member of our team as needs surface, and let us know how we can love and support you in the days and weeks to come. You can find everyone's email addresses on our team page.
All glory to God who promises to never leave us nor forsake us!
P.S. If you wouldn't mind, please spread the word about these changes to those you know are part of Reach (or those from the Foundation Church community).