COVID

The human spirit will endure sickness;
    but a broken spirit—who can bear?
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,
    and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
    — Proverbs 18:14-15

In-person services will resume slowly over the summer.

Our Covid-19 cleaning and prep guidelines apply to everyone who is using the sanctuary. 

The global pandemic has seriously affected all areas of our lives. COVID-19 is a completely different kind of disease that is extremely contagious. It is very dangerous for people aged 65 and up. It causes tiny blood clots throughout the body, even in otherwise asymptomatic patients. We don’t know why young people and children are less likely to have severe symptoms (although some of them do). We know that vaccines work well, and they eliminate hospitalization and death except in some cases where the person is immunocompromised and at risk from exposure to any disease. We have been holding worship online. We are creating YouTube videos every week which follow the usual order of service, and you may read them in text form here: Online Services

We are hoping to reinstate worship services gradually over the summer and begin full-time in the fall. This allows an opportunity to integrate online worship with in-person worship, without putting too much pressure on staff as we work out all of the kinks in livestreaming, the soundboard, camera placement, and other logistics.

Resources:

Guidelines for Religious Organizations

WA State Religious Guidelines  released June 3, 2021 

King County guidance for community organizations

CDC guidance for community and faith-based organizations

Recommended Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders

World Council of Churches guidance for churches

Church of the Brethren guidance for congregations

Church of the Brethren Checklist for Reopening Church (pdf)

Music and COVID

The Science Behind Orchestras’ Careful COVID Comeback (Wired, June 8, 2020)

Aerosol Emissions and Performing Musicians (National Federation of State High School Associations)

COVID-19 and what we know about the disease

What Does COVID-19 do to the body?

Case Histories/superspreader events

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?

Churches Emerge as Major Sources of Coronavirus Cases (New York Times, July 8, 2020)