COVID-19 Response

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UPDATE – March 29, 2020

Here are the practical ways to help our city and global partners as we put our faith in action during this time. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus during this time.

Support Backpack Brigade with Weekend Meals for Hungry Kids

Contact Sharon Hamill ([email protected]) for more information

Backpack Brigade provides weekend meals to over 850 kids in 24 Seattle schools.

During these unprecedented school closures, they are still open and packing bags for hungry kids in need. Kids will still be receiving their bags through alternative distribution sites.

They are working closely with schools and the district and have been given a heads up that they may need to double or triple their efforts in this time of need. To do so, they will need a lot more volunteers to pack and drive on additional days. If you are interested, please email: [email protected].

They are also in need of donations – Costco gift cards and cash donations are best. Donations can be made through their website at: https://www.backpackbrigade.org/donate

UW’s Care and Share to Support Healthcare Workers

Contact Emily Grimm ([email protected]) for more information

Working long hours and needing to isolate from family members and children has put a significant strain on our healthcare workforce. Care and Share is a secure platform where community members can offer help to our healthcare workers. We will be adding support resources for other healthcare institutions in the coming weeks.

  • Services needed:
    • Childcare
    • Carpooling
    • Pet Care
    • Grocery Shopping

Seattle World School Emergency Support

Contact Bill Douthit ([email protected]) for more information

In the Seattle World School community, 90% of the students in attendance are on free or reduced lunch. This is a support that many families rely on over the course of the school year. Due to the closure of Seattle schools on March 12th 2020, many children are now without this support; while many of the guardians taking care of these students are out of work as well. The World School has a goal of raising $13,000 to support these families by providing groceries and hygiene supplies. As a church we are joining with them in raising emergency funds!

If you’d like to support this emergency fund, you can give on the church website by selecting the “Give” tab. After you’ve entered in the desired amount you’d like to donate, be sure to designate you gift by selecting the “World School” tab under “Giving type”.”

WIND in Guatemala

Contact Nathan Grimm ([email protected]) for more information

Our church partners with an organization in Guatemala called WIND, they depend on their annual fundraiser for a significant portion of their budget each year. The fundraiser scheduled for May 2nd had to be canceled. To make up for the lack of funds and to continue supporting education in Cotzal, Guatemala, we need your help.

Please give through their website at wind-guatemala.org

If you make a donation this week, generous donors have pledged to match the funds raised up to $15,000 so please act quickly to continue supporting God’s work in Guatemala

 

UPDATE – March 20, 2020

We have created a CO-19 response team to provide and channel help for those in need during this difficult time we are in. If you need help or would like to help, here are the leaders of the various groups and their contact information. We will keep you posted on any church-wide initiatives. For general ideas and requests, e-mail us at [email protected]. If you have a specific team in mind here is the info. Stay tuned for more specific ways we plan to serve.

  1. Elderly and Sick – Help for those quarantined and physically vulnerable. Primary Contact: Dave Melin, [email protected].
  2. Outreach to Community, Schools & Medical Community – Front line support. Primary Contact: Bill Douthit, [email protected].
  3. Young Adults & Singles – Help to maintain community and mobilize for service. Primary Contact: Haley Thomas, [email protected].
  4. Young Families with Kids – Help with homeschooling and kids at home. Primary Contact: Kaylie Willis, [email protected].
  5. Benevolence – Financial hardship support. Primary Contact: Craig Nishizaki, [email protected].
  6. Corporate Worship, Prayer & Soul Care – Keeping rhythm of worship & prayer. Primary Contact: Jeff Neuenschwander, [email protected].

UPDATE – MARCH 12, 2020

Here is the latest church update via video from Pastor Jeff. To follow along online with this Sunday’s order of worship, click here: http://cccseattle.com/homechurch

UPDATE – MARCH 6, 2020

Here is the latest church update via video from Pastor Jeff. To follow along online with this Sunday’s order of worship, click here: http://cccseattle.com/homechurch

 

UPDATE – MARCH 4, 2020

Dear CCC Family,

It has been quite a couple weeks here in Seattle! A lot has happened and the future is somewhat unknown. This Tuesday we were notified by the Seattle Public Schools that they have cancelled all outside rentals and programs district-wide to help manage the corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak. The main reason for this is that the custodians are having to work extra hours to clean the schools each day and don’t have the bandwidth to manage additional cleaning and managing of groups using the school. You can read the official statement and follow the updates here. Therefore, starting this Sunday, March 8 we are unable to worship at the Seattle World School until further notice. We, nor the school know how long this ban will be in place. If the spread of the virus calms down, we could be back in our space in no time. If the situation flares up, it could be a month or two. We are praying for things to calm down!

Due to such short notice, we have decided the best thing to do this week is to forego our regular gathering as a church in a new location. In place of corporate worship we are going to send out a short video teaching as well as some questions for discussion and suggested prayer for the day. You can do this yourself or as a family, or if you are comfortable with some friends from church or small group. As a church we are much more than a Sunday gathering, and we expect this to be a time where God might do some creative things in our community. We will also have several people at the World School Sunday morning to catch anyone who didn’t get this notice or is new.

What’s Next? 

First, we know we are not out of the Seattle World School indefinitely, we will be back in our space eventually. This is only temporary. Second, if it is safe to gather after this Sunday we will most likely have a temporary location in place until we can return to the school. We will keep you posted on this as soon as we find that space. We already have some decent options in front of us. If for some reason the health professionals raise the risk of infection and suggest we don’t gather, we are already working on some creative ways to do church, via video, and or live stream. We are going to call it ‘House Church’. A novel concept, I know!

Please keep in mind the risk of infection is still currently low. We are pursuing as much wisdom and prudence as possible to keep everyone safe. We are also doing our part to make sure fear doesn’t take over. We will continue to communicate with you as things progress and if you have any questions or concerns please voice them to us. We also would recommend getting your information from the right sources to avoid misinformation. King County’s public health website is a great place for all the information you need. We intend to follow any recommendations made by our civil authorities on this matter.

In all, God is in control and we will get through this together. Second to praying for healing and the eradication of this virus, I have been asking the Lord to show us how this disruption might create opportunities for new connections with each other and our neighbors as we seek to love one another and our city well.

This week’s sermon text is very fitting to close this letter: Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

-Pastor Jeff

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