September 23rd Update for Epiphany's Response to COVID-19
After many weeks of planning, the leadership at Epiphany has decided to have in-person services in the Sanctuary. This will begin this Sunday, September 27th at 9am and continuing on for the foreseeable future for those who wish to gather together at Epiphany for an in-person, hybrid viewing of the online service.
- The Sunday Online Service Social via Zoom will continue at 10:30am.
- The online Epiphany Worship Service will continue to be posted by Sunday Morning and can be accessed anytime through the links above or accessing YouTube.
Please remember that in-person attendance to these services is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. No one should feel less by not coming; no one should be prideful because they chose to attend; and no one should judge on how others choose to worship. We show grace from beginning to end as we are the community of God.
The Deacons and Pastor Iben, along with the Board of Directors and other volunteers, have developed a new service based on our current online service. Pastor Iben will conduct the Service using our online recording, and the Deacons will lead in-person readings, prayers, and Communion.
If you choose attend Epiphany to worship, please follow these guidelines:
- Please self-check your health at home before coming by answering the following questions:
- “Am I sick?”
- “Is this cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath unusual for me?”
- “Do I have a fever or nausea?”
- “Are these muscle pains, chills or headache more than just getting old?”
- “Is someone in my household or that I’ve been in contact with suspected or been diagnosed with COVID-19?”
- If the answer is yes to any of these questions, we ask that you stay home until you are well and safe.
- The recordings of the services will continue and be available on Sunday.
- Check and make sure you’ve got everything you need: Bible, Hymnal, Mask.
- These items will be available at Epiphany, but it will help move things along quicker if you have and keep your own with you.
- Upon arrival, you will be checked in at the Greeter's station located in the walkway outside the main entrance to the church. Greeters and Deacons will welcome you, administer a temperature check and ask a few screening questions.
- Please observe the 6ft social distancing we’ll have marked out and have your mask(s) on as you leave your car.
- Masks will be required to be worn properly (covering the mouth and nose) in all parts of the Epiphany facility.
- The only way to enter the church will be through the walkway from the parking lot to make sure all attendees are checked in at the Greeters station. Please do not use the breezeway.
- If a line forms, please wait patiently with your family, curving around the front of the preschool building if needed.
- Proceed directly to the Sanctuary where an Usher or Deacon will walk you to your seat.
- This will be done in a “host” style. Please wait in the Narthex for someone to guide you to your seating area.
- Bulletins will be at your seat(s). Bibles, Hymnals and the children’s folders will be available at the usher’s station.
- The service will begin once everyone is seated.
- Singing will be restricted to the responsory.
- Holy Communion will be held at the end of the service.
- Following the service, an Exit Greeter will be available and can assist you with questions and pass along any prayer’s or concerns.
- The offering plate will be nearby.
- You may check your mail and drop off other donations but please observe the 6ft social distancing.
- No coffee or treats will be served.
- If you wish to meet with your friends and neighbors, we ask that you take any extended conversations outside to the patio, the back lawn, or careful use of the parking lot
- If, after attending, you or someone in your family contracts COVID-19, please contact our COVID-19 Supervisor or the office, so that we can pray for you, and contact those who may have been exposed.
We walk in Grace with our Lord. We do the work and trust in his Divine guidance. Together or apart, we worship in his name. This is what we’ve tried to do and follow as we put this plan together, realizing that nothing is safe, but we can make it safer.
We will keep a close eye on the guidelines from Washington State Health Department, Center for Disease Control, local and State Government, and guidance from LCMS Northwest District. As we get new information and new guidelines, we’ll adjust our plans accordingly.
We look forward to seeing you all soon!