Church Building Closed: Services & Meetings Suspended
Updated 05/27/2020 12:00PM
Links to resources sent by Bishop Jaech of Southwestern Washington Synod:
- Bishop Jaech’s Recommendations for the Coming Weeks (pdf) (5-18-20) NEW
- Gov. Inslee’s A COVID Response (5-15-20) NEW
- ELCA Returning to In-Person Worship (5-18-20) NEW
Dear siblings in Christ,
Churches all over our state and country have been working to determine the best responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With so many of our fellow churches closing during this time, our council has voted to close our church building and suspend services and meetings until further notice.
We are all seeking ways to stay healthy and safe while continuing with our service, worship, and fellowship as children of God together. The discernment around all of this is important work, and we pray that God continue to be with us as we look towards the coming weeks.
This page will be updated regularly with the most up to date information.
Staying Home & Staying Connected
As so many of our members and friends are in the high risk category for COVID-19, we believe it is in the best interest of our congregation and our community to suspend all gatherings at this time. We recognize that during this time, many might find themselves feeling isolated, and we want you to know that your church family is still here for you, even if it is via phone, email, or online.
Please consider connecting with at least one or two other members from our church directory via phone and asking them to regularly check in with you as well. This may be daily phone calls or every other day. Let us know who you’re connecting with via email or phone so that we can make sure no one is being left behind.
Women of Bethany Bible Study is meeting via Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:30am.
Breakfast group and Duct Tape group are encouraged to connect with at least one fellow member during your regular meeting time via phone.
The Moms of Young Children Book Club and Small Seeds/Sprouts will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays at 10am and 4pm respectively.
Worship @ Home
We will be streaming worship online at facebook.com/bethanylongview as well as on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSrgbiDWVYBB8ibeB7qZpvg and the most recent video of worship will be available below once we begin. You can also listen to Pastor Megan’s sermons online here: http://bethanylongview.org/sermons .
During our worship at home, each service will include a time where you may receive communion at home with whatever elements you have available, they will be included in our communion together electronically.
You can also check out Pastor Megan’s “How To” videos on our YouTube Page here for How to Use Zoom and here for Using Google Drive for extra help in using Zoom or uploading readings and songs. Please know that Pastor Megan is available to walk you through technology needs.
Offering @ Home
To continue with your offering, checks may be mailed to the church office, you can sign up for Simply Giving here: http://www.thefellowship.com/downloads/simplygiving.pdf , or you can use the Vanco GivePlus+ App on your phone to give electronically. For assistance, give us a call to walk you through any of these processes.
The church office will be closed through May. The phones will be forwarded and our secretary Kim will be working from home as much as possible. Essential tasks may be completed at the church building such as treasurers meeting, emergency maintenance, or staff needs.
During this time of anxiety and worry, prayer is so important. Pastor Megan will regularly be inviting members to send in prayer requests and to join in communal times of prayer via email, phone call, Facebook, and Youtube throughout this time.
We continue to pray for those who are affected by COVID-19, for those who are self-quarantined, for those who are experiencing isolation, anxiety, and fear, we lift all afflicted to our Lord in prayer. Know that you are not alone, God is with you and we are in this together. Please call, email, and reach out as you need.
Pastor Megan Filer
For more information on the Novel Coronavirus, please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus and for the most up to date information for our county please visit http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/205/Health-Human-Services . You can also find resources from our denomination, the ELCA, here: https://elca.org/publichealth