While we long for the gatherings that sustain us, there are still many ways to show up as church. Below are some of the ways we’re supporting our community amidst COVID-19. Together we can keep critical services going! The good news is, that most of the coordinating can be done from home, so you #StayHomeStayHealthy. Here are updates and ways you can help. Ccontact the church office if you have questions. Pleae be patient, as we are working from home.
If you live in a different region from our church, please consider contacting nursing homes and medical facilities near you. Need is high is all areas!
Our sewers are making much needed masks and gowns for local nursing homes. If you’d like to help, contact the church office. For masks, we are using the pattern described here: Deaconess – How to make a Face Mask. Gowns are currently being fashioned from choir robes.
The Hot Meal Program has continued to adapt to changing circumstances, while many other programs have closed. This last week, meals were served to-go out in the parking lot, by new volunteers with donations from new sources. You can help by volunteering (if you’re not at higher risk for contracting a more severe case of COVID-19) by by visiting the volunteer page and to contact the volunteer coordinator at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. If being present in person is not for you, there are also new needs. Visit this Amazon Wish List to send much appreciated supplies directly to PNA staff.
The day after our Governor issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for Washington, we invited our nightly shelter residents to stay in the church building 24/7. We don’t know how long this will continue, but it’s a blessing to have the space to offer. Our shelter residents are taking good care of the place while most of us are away! Here are some ways you can support this ministry:
· Visit the SHARE WHEEL website for a list of items that can be donated.
· Plan to drop off food, or a care package. Have a cooler laying around? We could use it outside as a place to leave food. Simply contact Pastor Anna and then plan to drop off your items by the double doors to the fellowship hall.
· Become a point-person to SHARE from SJU, as we’ve been having meetings with other hosts sites to plan together.
As a member of Sound Alliance, we’re part of a powerful organizing network made up of faith communities, teachers, service organizations, and more. There are many ways you can connect with efforts around issues like housing equity and homelessness. We’re currently working on a new campaign to map our community and address new needs around things like equitable access to technology, rent assistance, and more. Contact Pastor Anna to get involved. You could attend a strategy meeting (virtual for now) as a representative from SJU!
Since we’re not gathering for worship, we’re also not passing the offering plate around! Now is a great time to try online giving through the Giving Page of our website. It’s easy and helps sustain our organiation and it’s critical programs. You can give once with a credit card, or use an email address to set up recurring giving. You’re also welcome to send checks through the mail. Just know that we’re picking up the mail weekly, during the building closure, so it’ll take a little more time to process than usual. Thank you for thinking of your church during this time.