In light of the Nov 15th announcement from the Washington State COVID Response team (see announcement details here), Immanuel will be suspending any and all plans for in person worship and gatherings, including Outside for 5 and Christmas Eve. We will continue to broadcast worship via YouTube, to send bulletins with sermon transcripts afterward for those who request it and engage in planning meaningful, distanced worship experiences for the holiday season. God remains with us, even in the midst of these “historic and unprecedented times”. Our best gift to the world in these days is to continue our faithful witness through phone calls, text messages, letters and emails to those we love and those who are in need. Being church these days looks different but has equally tangible forms as before; as you wash your hands you remember your baptism, as you don your mask allow receive the mutual blessing of the currency of wellness from God, and as we limit activities outside our home, we can embody the gift of sacred sabbath rest. We thank you for your patience and care for one another and the world. Be well, church.