CHURCH SERVICES SUSPENDED 

Out of compassion for our people and community, as well as making an effort to avoid the spread of Covid-19, Fir-Conway Lutheran Church will not have worship services on Sunday morning until further notice. This is for the health of all.

While we mourn the cancellation of regular Sunday worship, we see it as a faithful action and an acceptance of what we need to do as responsible citizens. There was agreement that suspending all gatherings is a safe, prudent, common sense, smart action to minimize exposure. A message from our Bishop concurred with this.

As a faith community, our focus will be to act with compassion and put everyone’s safety first. Here is a link to information from the NW Washington Synod:  https://www.lutheransnw.org/covid-19.

We know that not gathering together will mean more isolation, emotional stress and worry. To that end, this outbreak reminds us that God is with us, even while we are apart, and that we can create ways to support each other (phone calls, small groups in homes, visits, sharing meals …) as well as to acknowledge that, for some (perhaps many), the permission not to have to decide to expose one’s self to the virus is a sign of relief.

We know that this action could further cause isolation, emotional stress and worry. But it can also remind us that God is with us, even when we are apart. We will be looking at ways that we can support each other, perhaps have some small groups in homes or make visits by phone.

At this time the council has left open when we might be able to have worship here again. Our offerings are important for the work of the church, so we hope that people find ways to mail offerings, stop by the church office, or talk with Lowell Jonson about ways to give electronically. The work of the church continues.

During these extremely unusual times, you are invited to remain grateful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us all.

Our community is amazing! We at Fir-Conway Lutheran are blessed in so many ways!