Hey Church,

My heart and prayers are with you all. We are in uncharted territory here. I am pretty that none of us have ever experienced a week like this. Ever. Everything is changing hourly it seems, and it is a little difficult to keep up with all the news, and in some ways it is better to not even watch the news, as many news stations are just helping stoke the fires of fear. 

However, we do not want to be ignorant or dismissive of what is going on around us, and at the same time, we do not need to overreact and hide in our bunker cutting off all communication with the outside world either. We should take precautions and stay safe, as each sees fit, and also stay in fellowship and communication with each other as often as we possibly can.

Which is why Church goes on, and we will be meeting Sunday at 10am.

The upside of being a smaller church right now, is that we are not affected by the current mandate to ban gatherings of 250 or more people. Also, we believe, as Tozer puts it, that “a scared world needs a fearless church”, and so we will continue to meet as long as we have the freedom to do so.

So, if you are not sick and don’t show any symptoms of being sick, come on out to church so that you may be encouraged and be strengthened in the Lord, and that we may be as well by you.

That being said however, I will restate, that if you are nervous or worried, or if you aren’t feeling well, or your kids are sick, we trust you will make the correct decision concerning your health and the health of others. 

It is 100% ok to stay home if needed. We love you, we pray for you, we miss you, and we completely understand.

If you do stay home, I would encourage you in this:

The church is not a building. You are the church. We are the church whether gathered or scattered as it has been said.

So, be the church. I saw it put this way, “wash your hands, then wash feet”

Let us be love in action. Love your neighbors. Take care of those around you. Be the calm in the midst of the chaos. Be the light that God has prepared and equipped you to be. Show that you are a good steward of the grace that has been given to you, buy serving one another.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – 1 Peter 4:10

Also, and I can not stress this more, if any of you need help with anything, please ask. Do not hesitate. Need a ride? Need someone to get groceries for you? Whatever it may be, please ask! The church is here to help. Not only you, but those around you as well. Your neighbor need help? You know someone in need right now? Let us know, so we can help if possible.

Lastly, a couple more things:

It would be prudent of you to take note of our online presence. It is very possible that you may want to use them more in the coming weeks.

Our website is found here:

https://www.calvarysnohomish.com

On our web site you can find our sermons, our event calendar, and we have online giving as well. The audio of our sermons is uploaded usually within 24 hours, and the video usually by the Wednesday after. 

We are getting live streaming set up, and are hoping to stream live soon. We are not 100% sure at this time where we will live stream, but it will be either Facebook or You Tube.

Our Facebook page is found here:

https://www.facebook.com/calvarysnohomish/

Our You Tube Channel is found here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVHgr1URcDIHb3-g_fBtxyw

If you have an iPhone or an apple computer, you can also find the audio of the sermons using the apple podcast app. Just search for Calvary Snohomish within the app.

Also, you can find us on twitter here:

https://twitter.com/ccsnohomish

And on Instagram here:

https://www.instagram.com/calvarysnohomish/

Now, we are clearly aware that the situation changes hourly. We will do our best to notify you of any upcoming changes through the normal text or email channels, and also we will post it on our web site, facebook page, and our facebook group page as well.

Hope to see you this Sunday. Love you all.

God Bless, 

Pastor Rich