As the quarantine has evolved in Washington State to a shelter-at-home policy, we have had to make a few small adjustments to continue to function as a church as well as comply with the order.
For as long as this order is in place, we will continue to function within quarantine communities. However, instead of gathering in person, we encourage you to connect virtually on Sunday morning to worship together. We have made a few small revisions to the worship guide to better function at a distance. If you are not currently connected with a group, reach out and we will help you do so, or make use of the worship guide as a household.
Each week, you will find the worship guide here. (There is also a direct link on the website homepage and in the bulletin.)
We also encourage all the quarantine communities to establish other virtual rhythms throughout the week; daily prayer times, mid-week check-ins and the like.
As a church, we would like to gather via zoom for prayer on Wednesday nights (the first one is tonight) at 7pm. I would love for you to join us. If you are not yet using zoom, it is free, but you'll need to sign up and download a small application. You can do so here.
Once you have signed up, you can join the meeting at this link here.
As we are not gathering all-together on Sunday, I wanted to remind you that we have other avenues for your tithes and offerings. You can give via text, our website or by mailing a check. You can find all that information here.
These are isolating times, and for many they also come with significant hardships. I want to encourage you to reach out. Our pastors are available for conversation, counsel and prayer. You can reach each of us (Justin, Matt, Nick, Andy) via email (each one is just our first name @calvarythehill.com). Also don't hesitate to contact our deacons who are standing by to help with physical needs. They can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org
At one point in Paul's life, he found himself in jail, abandoned by all his friends, in total isolation. In his own words, no one stood by him...but the Lord stood by him and strengthened him. (2 Timothy 4:16-17) Please remember in this time although we can't be together, none of us is alone. However it is appropriate to grieve the distance we have with one another. I know that I am resonating in a fresh way with Paul's words to the Thessalonian Church: But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face.