As you've probably heard, Gov. Inslee has extended the stay-at-home order through May 31. Click here to see a chart that shows the phased reopening of Washington.
According to KIRO 7's reporting, Gov. Inslee said that "There will be a minimum of three weeks between each phase, though he said some counties with lower numbers of cases and deaths may be able to open parts of their economy sooner if approved by the Department of Health."
I understand that to mean that each phase will be at least 3 weeks long, unless given approval by the Dept. of Health to move to the next phase more quickly. You'll notice that it is not until Phase 3 that gatherings of no more than 50 people are allowed.
Hopefully, therefore, we will be able to resume our Sunday worship services in mid to late June, with each service being no more than 50 people. We may need to have 3 services instead of two, with people signing up for a particular service so as not to have too many people at any of the services.
As that time approaches we'll give you more information about the time of the services, what we'll be doing to stay within the guidance provided by the CDC and state government, and the steps we'll be taking to keep people safe.
In the meantime, we plan to start posting a simple worship service on our church website. Lord willing, the start date will be May 31.
To be clear, this is not an in-person worship service at Shoestring. For that we'll need to wait about a month longer. But with the help of our worship leaders and our tech team, what we hope to do in the meantime is record a simple worship service and make it available on our website so that our church family can - in some sense - join together for worship, prayer and the study of God's word.
Our goal remains the same as it has always been - to help God's people turn to him in praise and thanksgiving, and to learn from him so that we might become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
God's peace be upon you all.