Evergreen and COVID-19

Welcome back!

Now that we have returned to the building, things look a little bit different than they did before. Here are a few things you can expect to see.

First, in order to allow us to be properly prepared for you, we ask that you RSVP before arriving to worship in person with us. You can do that at: tiny.cc/ECCServices
Next, doors will open promptly at 8:45 am to ensure a safe entry for everyone. Upon entry, we will check your temperature and have you check in.
Throughout the building you'll notice hand sanitizer available in numerous locations. Our speakers and worship leaders will be standing behind special plexiglass stands, and we ask that everyone wear a mask at all time.

Watch the video below for more information and feel free to email the office (info@evergreenchurch.cc) with any additional questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

AUGUST 28, 2020

We are excited to begin in-person meetings but want to do everything in our power to keep everyone safe and comply with local and state requirements. 

There are many things to consider as we come together in person.  Above all, we want to all do our part to hold the needs of others above ourselves, so please continue to join us via the livestream options if this isn’t the right time for you to return to the building. We will continue to livestream our service at both 9am and 10:30am (note: services on September 6 & 13 will be streamed at 10:30 only).

Our current gatherings will be limited to 50 people and pre-registration is required. Face masks are required at all times by all attendees. 

Please watch the video above  for more info on what you can expect from when we meet together again, as well as what we are asking of you.

The registration form contains all of the details you need to know before you decide if registering yourself or household is right for you. We’ll have a safety check-in process and designated seating in the worship center.  Face masks are required at all times, and there will be instructions for restroom use. 

These will be family services, so children will be asked to remain with their parents in the worship center. There will be no coffee or snacks available.

Each week we will assess how things are going and any new government changes and  incorporate what we’re learning.

We will continue to make updates to this page. Email info@evergreenchurch.cc for questions or comments.

 

JUNE 14, 2020

While our in-person gatherings have not yet resumed, our team is hard at work preparing!  Our building has undergone a thorough deep cleaning, and we’ve installed new hand sanitizer dispensers throughout.  We are working on plans to reopen as soon as it is safe and will keep you posted as plans are made.  Until then, we look forward to connecting with you online!

 

MAY 1, 2020

All in-person gatherings at Evergreen are canceled through the May 31.  Our service is streamed each Sunday at 9:00 am on our Facebook page and at 10:30 am at https://evergreencovenant.online.church/ .
NOTE: Both platforms provide a recording to watch after Sunday services are finished. 

 

MARCH 14, 2020

As a reminder: all in-person gatherings at Evergreen are canceled through the end of March. We will be holding our 10:30 Sunday services ONLINE, via our Facebook page.  Be sure to “Like” our page and join us for a Facebook Live event at 10:30 am on Sunday.  To access, simply visit our page on Sunday morning. The video feed will be at the top of the page.  We will also have a direct link available here on our website.

This week’s bulletin is available on our Facebook page and contains this week’s Lenten liturgy.  We will post the bulletin each week with important information and the week’s Lenten liturgy.

We look forward to “seeing” you on Facebook on Sunday morning.  Be sure to comment and let us know you’re with us!

MARCH 12, 2020

Dear Evergreen Family,

Often our Lenten journeys look different than we expect, and this is very true for us this year. We place a high value on the opportunity to gather each week as a faith community–to walk alongside each other in our walk with Christ. However, we are confident that our encounters with Jesus happen outside the walls of Evergreen and we pray that each of you is having a meaningful time with God.

In response to the March 11 COVID-19 Governmental Press Conference for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, as Pastors and Leadership Team, we decided:

  • The suspension of our Sunday, in-person services through the end of March

    • We will be offering a live stream of a pared down service at 10:30am each Sunday to include: call to worship, announcements and a sermon for Sundays March 15, 22, and 29 (We hope to resume our regular schedule April 5)

    • We will post each service’s abbreviated liturgy online

  • No outside groups will be meeting at the church

  • No church groups or Bible studies will be meeting at the church

  • The office will be open with the potential of limited hours due to staff restrictions

  • Small groups will make decisions on whether or not to continue meeting in their homes on an individual group basis–using their own discretion and health protocol

We have decided to take these steps to be what Jesus modeled for us: Prioritizing the vulnerable of our community and ensuring their safety. We want to respect our medical and government leaders and heed their words and safety protocols. We take these steps, setting aside our own preferences and desires, to be an active and healthy part of the solution.

COVID-19 is ever-evolving so we will continue to keep you up to date via the Loop, our website, and our Facebook page.

 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:17 (NKJV).

These precautions are not out of fear but are done out of love. We continue in prayer for our church family, community, state, nation and world. May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts and minds.

As your pastors, we continue to want to serve you and stay connected. For those desiring to meet with one of us, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Grace and peace,

Pastors Paul, Julie & Elise

paul@evergreenchurch.cc    julie@evergreenchurch.cc    elise@evergreenchurch.cc

MARCH 7, 2020

At Evergreen, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community.  We are committed to sharing the best practices in order safeguard the health of those among us who are most vulnerable.

King County Public Health Department shared information with faith leaders on Tuesday, March 3. Below are the key learnings.

  • The risk of infection for healthy populations remains low. Most people who are infected with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness.

  • Increasing our care around health and hygiene right now is very important and is what will help keep the risk low. Frequent handwashing, covering your cough with your elbow, refraining from touching your face, and staying home if you feel ill at all are all vital.

The Health Department is currently not recommending the cancellation of gatherings and events, though people who are at higher risk (over age 60 and/or immune-compromised) may consider avoiding crowds. We will continue with Sunday worship and all other events in our space unless this recommendation changes.

Here are the steps we are taking at Evergreen:

  1. We are sanitizing highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, and sinks.

  2. Our staff and volunteer teams are committed to washing their hands frequently and staying home if they are sick.

  3. When entering and leaving the church, do greet one another with a smile and wave, but please do not be shaking hands at this time.

  4. We have plenty of soap and paper towels in all our bathrooms and kitchens. Please WASH YOUR HANDS frequently and thoroughly, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or anytime you enter or leave a new part of the building. Guidelines recommend at least 20 seconds of scrubbing hands, wrists, and under fingernails with soap, then rinsing with warm water.

  5. During our greeting time in the service, please refrain from shaking hands.  A smile, wave, or word of greeting/encouragement is encouraged, but please do not shake hands.

 

During this time, we are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways:

  1. Stay at home when you or a family member are sick.

  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  3. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.

  4. Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.

  5. Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave or a friendly smile.

  6. If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at Evergreen.

We want you to be well. If you don’t feel well, please stay home. If you have any of the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please contact your healthcare provider.

If you feel well, we look forward to seeing you in worship!

Here is the link for the City of Mercer Island Coronavirus information: http://www.mercergov.org/Page.asp?NavID=3340

Here is the link for the King County Public Health’s webpage about Coronavirus. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2TOxHZCGbKOcLppk8IZl-h0bImkZO_911dObVur1NT3kskRGL0ouYTGzg

And the Center for Disease Control (CDC) : https://www.cdc.gov/