March 11, 2020
In response to the spread of the COVID-19 disease, we are following the recommendations of King County Public Health Department. Plymouth Church Seattle is promoting and implementing social distancing, which has been proven to reduce and arrest the spread of viral illness. As a church, our median age is over 60, and our congregation is composed of vulnerable groups. We believe this abundance of caution is compassionate and gives us the opportunity to be community while promoting safety.
For the month of March, there will be no worship in person at Plymouth on Sundays. On these Sundays, worship will be held virtually and can be accessed using this link (link also posted on the PlymouthChurchSeattle.org homepage). There will be no large meetings, and program staff will be working remotely. In addition, our bulletins and Herald newsletters will be available in PDF form so that our congregation can follow along during worship with ease, and be connected. Click here for this Sunday’s worship bulletin (link also posted on the homepage).Furthermore, our pastoral and care team will be in touch regularly for encouragement and fellowship.
All pastoral care will be via telephone (pastoral voice mail 206.622.4865 *833, checked daily) or other electronic means. (Click here for staff email addresses.) Each of us must care for one another during this time by checking in on those of advanced age, disabled, or immune-compromised by telephone or written correspondence. Be willing to run errands for those unable to go out during this time while taking care to not pass on infection.
In the meantime, despite the anxiety of this virus and responding as best we can, 2 Timothy reminds us that “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind.” Together, we do not have to be afraid, for we have the tools to do our best to land us all on the other side of this with health and grace. Thank you for your patience and support as we lead our church through this time. Let us pray for those who are impacted and for those who have died from COVID-19, and may God be with us all as we watch things unfold.
Blessings, Rev. Dr. Kelle J. Brown
Plymouth Church UCC Worship is experienced on a Zoom Webinar platform, on our Plymouth YouTube Channel and Facebook pages each Sunday. Please join us for Worship, then for Coffee Hour ONLINE following on the separate Zoom meeting link.
We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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