Update on Hope’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - March 11th, 2020
Update on Hope’s Response to COVID-19/Coronavirus - March 11th, 2020
Wow. I have not seen anything like this in my lifetime - the memory of H1N1/Swine flu in 2009 seems small and distant in comparison to this. The news is changing so quickly that I can’t barely keep track of new developments. What’s clear is this: our city, county, and state have all declared this situation an official state of emergency, and for good reason. In the midst of such a disorienting time, we have the opportunity to continue to put our faith in the faithful one, Jesus, our rock, the anchor of hope for our souls, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19) - even as we also live out one of Hope’s values, wisdom, as we follow the guidance of government and health officials.
To that end, I’m writing to share with you an update on what ministry at Hope will look like in the coming weeks. I want you to know that our Hope staff and lay leaders are fully committed to serving you and our community in the midst of this challenging time, although we will do so in different ways than the past. Here are some of the things you can expect:
- All Hope worship services are cancelled until further notice, but at least through the end of March. This includes Lenten services. This is out of Christian love for each of you, common sense, and now also in compliance with the official direction from the state and county.
- We will provide a video worship experience on our website each week including worship songs, scripture readings, prayers, and a message.
- Jonathan Kopecky and Patra Mueller will provide youth and children’s ministry videos, downloadable discussion sheets, and other resources for children and youth and their parents.
- Hope School is closed after tomorrow except for extended school care and preschool, which will continue for Friday. Next week, teachers will receive further training on delivering education online and begin providing that on Wednesday of next week.
- You may submit prayer requests by email to - we are also working on creating a form on our website for that purpose. You may also call them in by phone.
- We will continue to send out the weekly “E-News” as a substitute for the Sunday bulletin.
- If you are in need of pastoral care, please email or call the church office at 206.937.9330.
- Our church staff will spend some of their time working from home, and we will not have regular office hours as a result. Voice messages left on the main phone line will be checked within 24 hours during the week and within 48 hours on the weekend.
- I encourage you to seek out community and conversation with brothers and sisters in Christ on the phone, by email, or text.
- If you are in need of assistance in any way, particularly if you live alone and become ill, please let us know how we can help.
- If you currently give to Hope by bringing your offering physically to church, I encourage you to do one of three things: 1) mail it to church, 2) physically bring it in, 3) give online at http://hopeseattle.org/next-steps/give/ While we are not meeting physically, our ministry expenses will continue, and your support is very important in being able to continue to provide excellent ministry. Thank-you in advance for your continued support!
- If you have questions about the above, please contact or myself.
As one federal official said yesterday, “your life is going to be a little (or a lot) different” for now. How long? The experts I’ve spoken with suggest six to eight weeks or possibly longer. Interestingly, Hope was started in 1918 - the same year as the Spanish flu. While I’m not sure how those first Hope members and attenders handled that crisis, I am sure they looked to Jesus to be their strength and their rock - and 102 years later, you and I can do the same. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever - His love endures forever and He is with us always! (Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 136, Matthew 28:20) Put your trust in Him in this time!
In His Strength and Peace,