What's New for Covid-19 Response
What we are doing during this time of social distancing and quarantine.
We are closely following guidance from the CDC and local health authorities to plan for and monitor the COVID-19 situation. We've been praying about and for you. All services at this time are live stream only.
As you can see from this small sampling of recommendations, there is a lot here for us to review, consider and plan for. (If you want to read the full guidelines click HERE
May 1st, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued 4 Phased Chart: Washington's Phased Approach, therefore will are still currently having live stream worship only.
Vicar Vera McEwen is serving as interim at Bethel. To continue a sense of being connected with each other and our community, Bethel continues to offer worship ONLY through our YouTube Live Streaming and Phone Patch. We will NOT be having in-person gatherings at Bethel at this time. There is just no way we can adequately and responsibly review and address the many recommendations and be ready to safely reopen that quickly. Until then we will be having YouTube Live videos and the Phone Patch available on Sundays at 10:00 AM that include music with our Music Director Cody Shearer, a sermon, and on-line lessons for children and youth. To receive the children's Sunday school lessons and devotions for older youth, please go to the Kids Connect Sunday School tab on our menu or contact Bonnie Stauffer at email@example.com if you need help. Please contact Tim Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what the youth group is up to. We encourage you to gather as a family and worship God alongside us. We are still the church outside of any building. We look forward to being with you in spirit!
The STRESS AND TRAUMA OF COVID-19
A lot of people are under a lot of stress right now, and many are being traumatized by the strain of being in life-threatening danger without the ability to escape or combat it.
Coronavirus: The Psychological Trauma and PTSD Event. How this pandemic will result in trauma responses.https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/trauma-and-hope/202003/coronavirus-the-psychological-trauma-and-ptsd-event
The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need: 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pulling-through/202004/the-pandemic-toolkit-parents-need?eml
NN COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series https://www.neurosequential.com/covid-19-resources
While social distancing policies are necessary and logical steps to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19, we still want to see your faces even if it's from your own home! We can have gatherings via Zoom or Facebook. You will need access to a link to join one of our groups. For that to happen, you need to be on our email list. If you have not received our emails from the Bethel office, it means we do not have one from you. Please email Judy Wood at email@example.com if you are not on our email list. If you would like more information on how to connect to one of our virtual gatherings, please email Bonnie Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see what our youth are up to, please contact Tim Peterson at email@example.com or visit the Tim and the Bethel Lutheran Young People on their YouTube Channel.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH MINISTRIES
While social distancing policies are necessary and logical steps to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19, and will result in saved lives, they have an impact on the outreach ministries in our community. Many of them are experiencing reduced flow of finances during this time. Visit these links to learn more.
When the need is greater, God’s people are called into even more service! Thank you for your continued and and generous financial support. You can send your offering to PO Box 175 Brush Prairie, WA 98606 or set up automatic giving through your bank or Bethel's Tithe.ly account (phone app.).
Contact Judy Wood in the office at or 360-892-4231 if you have any questions.