Rainier View Family-

As I stated in the video with Dr. Miller, based on the recommendations of the local, state and federal health professionals, we are also doing our part to take precautionary steps to limit the spread and dangerous effects of COVID-19, the Coronavirus.

Let me hasten to say that while we may have a ‘new normal’ for some weeks or months, our mission as a church HAS NOT CHANGED! The Coronavirus will not stop us from pursuing God, engaging in community and making a difference. Honestly, there will absolutely be some innovative ways to live out those strategies in the days to come. I want to urge you to think creatively and strategically about how to walk daily with Jesus and His people, and how to serve others in a crisis situation. I’m already looking forward to the ways God will use you and the stories you’ll tell!

For now, let’s get specific about the decisions that will impact us this week and beyond:

Full Sunday morning services will be on video that will be accessible on our website and in an email that will go out on Saturday evening, as well as on social media. Our buildings (both campuses) will not be open and we strongly encourage you to have ‘home church’ in a living room together with your family, your small group, your friends, or all of the above!
Children’s and Student Ministries programming is also suspended for the time being, including: Sunday morning programming, Wednesday evening Altitude for middle and high school students, FX Nights for families, etc.
Groups and events that usually meet at our buildings are postponed or suspended, including: Next Steps Experience, Mondays with Moms, Spanish Class, Precepts, Financial Peace University, Tuesday Basketball, and Tahoma Church.
Community Dinner on Monday evenings at the Parkland Campus will modify its meal program to hand out boxed meals instead of plated dinner around tables.
The Rooted Celebration scheduled for next Friday, March 20 is postponed.
Small groups that meet in our buildings are encouraged to discuss meeting in homes and abiding by the health standards, or go to an online meeting format (Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Go To Meeting, etc.) These small groups include Griefshare, Joygivers, Sewing Seeds, Mondays with Moms, Starting Point, Community Groups, and Men’s Bible Studies.
Community Groups that meet in homes are encouraged to use your best discretion based on the health standards. We will provide lessons and it is important to continue to be family to each other while being wise with our gatherings.
Rooted Groups WILL MEET this Tuesday, March 17 for our final Week 10, with some modifications. Our buildings will be sanitized according to health standards, social distancing will be observed, and hand sanitizers will be provided. Of course, attendance is at the discretion of each individual participant.
The Parkland office will be open normal hours (Mon – Thur 9-5), however the Graham office will be closed until further notice.
Thank you for praying for our church family and our community during this difficult time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, make fact-based decisions, and communicate them to you as they happen.

Please remember that we are 100% dependent on the biblical giving and generosity of each of you. None of these items are ‘cost-cutting’ measures, so our expenses will remain steady. One potential impact of this could be a downturn in giving and that would be a difficult byproduct of this season. While I will not dwell on our finances, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that online giving, mailing donations, or bringing them to the Parkland office are great options…especially the online option!

God is going to continue to use our church family to reach every neighborhood around us, and I believe it will continue to happen even during these unprecedented circumstances. Stay tuned for further updates and ways we will BE the church in our community.

- Rusty Carlson, Lead Executive Pastor

On behalf of the Staff and Elders of RVCC