All activities cancelled until further notice.
The Food Bank will remain in service on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 3:00pm, and Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8:00pm, serving on a walk-up basis with no appointments necessary, and with personal distancing measures in place. Please consult the King County Health coronavirus recommendations for more information.
We are sad to announce that we have decided to cancel Sunday worship services, along with all PRLC ministries and programs. We know that this is a major loss, and for many it will feel like yet another blow in a flurry of closures and cancellations impacting our emotional and mental health. We also know, however, that we have a responsibility to follow the recommendations and restrictions that have been developed by experts, especially for the sake of our most vulnerable neighbors. Our decision is also in line with the recommendation of our bishop and aligned with other congregations in our area. At this time, worship at PRLC is canceled for March 15 and March 22, and we’ll continue to monitor and assess the situation day by day.
While we will miss worshiping God together, we also know that the Church is not a building! The Church is the body of Christ, and that body is as alive and active as ever. Here are a few ways you can continue to worship and serve God while our building is closed:
- The Gospel reading and sermon will be videoed and posted on Sunday morning. This week, we’ll hear the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well. How fitting for us, as we walk this wilderness path seeking refreshment and renewal! We had already planned to replace our usual “sermon” with a dynamic testimony from PRLC member Donna Linn. Thank you, Donna, for being willing to adjust to a video message. You won’t want to miss it! Watch for other online resources in coming days.
- Our worship bulletins and sermons are always accessible online. Take time to read through the bulletin, and especially to pray for those on our prayer list.
- A daily reflection will be posted by a staff member every day on our PRLC Community Facebook page. Join now if you haven’t already! This page can also be a great way for you to share prayer requests and updates, and continue being in conversation with one another.
Think about who normally sits around you in worship. Give them a call! Staff will continue to work in the building during normal office hours, so call us if you need contact information for a fellow member.
Similarly, remember that a couple of years ago posted a “Who is my neighbor?” map in the narthex, and people were invited to peg their home location on that Seattle-area map. Small groups were formed by neighborhood for Lent that year. Would it be possible for you to connect with PRLC members who live in your neighborhood? If you’re healthy, take a walk, pray together, read and discuss the daily lectionary.
- Devotional booklets for individuals and families have been available at PRLC for the past couple of weeks. If you’d like us to mail you one, please let us know.
- Sing hymns! Read your Bible. Take a walk and marvel at God’s creation while breathing fresh air. Pray the psalms.
- Continue supporting the mission of our congregation by mailing your offering or giving online. The work of our congregation around the region and world does not stop during this disruption, and we are committed to paying all of our employees fully. See below for instructions to give online or by text.
- Monitor the community health situation and take precautions to protect yourself and your neighbors. Be sure to get news from reputable sources such as the King County Health Department. Also, turn off the news when you start feeling anxious!
- This is a Lenten fast that none of us would choose, but we know that God desires abundant life for us, and that Christ walks with us through this. We believe that there are always blessings to be found in times of wilderness, and we pray for God to open our minds and hearts to new ways of being Church that we never imagined before. The resurrection celebration will be so sweet when we gather again!
While the pastors will not be making our normal visits to hospitals and senior living centers, we are still here for your spiritual care. Please let us know if you or someone you know is sick or in need of prayer or conversation.
In God’s peace,
Pastor Anne Van Kley
Pastor Bryon Hansen