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With the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, the Community Life Center has shut down except for essential services...Feeding Program/Lahai Clinic Emergency Care.

Message from Lead Pastor Chris Goldman
Please Note:  We will not host in-person services the weekend of May 31st but will be LIVE STREAMING at 10:00 AM. 

We have now received guidelines for churches from the office of Governor Inslee (they were posted Wednesday evening). Those guidelines call for each church to develop a safety plan that is Board Approved, printed and available for County or State officials to see. Our safety plan is being developed in keeping with the new guidelines. The new guidelines consist of four pages of church-specific guidelines.

PLEASE REMEMBER ... Snohomish County has not been given permission to enter into Phase 2, but have officially decided to seek approval from the State (according to news reports today).

Over the past couple of weeks and days, the floors in the auditorium and student center have been refurbished, several rooms are being repainted, and the facility is being prepared for eventual reopening. The auditorium was physically arranged today for social distancing. This gives us a better understanding of capacity when safety is a primary concern.

Our process forward is as follows:
  • Once a safety plan has been drawn up, it will be submitted to the Elders to refine and approve. 
  • The Elders will direct the staff regarding dates when we may be able to start meeting again on a limited basis. 
  • The congregation will be informed via a special streamed and posted presentation about procedures, the impact on worship, service times, etc. 

In the meantime, we will continue to LIVESTREAM worship at 10:00 AM on Sundays and appreciate the growing audience who is joining us each week.


Message from Lead Pastor Chris Goldman

Today, the news regarding churches reopening and CDC guidelines has dominated the news cycle. While President Trump has called for the immediate opening of churches, State guidelines have not been given, and the State Government is not yet in a position to move forward. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HAVE IN-PERSON SERVICES THIS WEEKEND, BUT WILL LIVE-STREAM AS WE HAVE AT 10:00 AM. You should also know the hardwood floors were resurfaced this week and the fumes will be quite strong for several more days. We scheduled this intentionally while we are quarantined so the floors will be ready to go as early as June.  

I’ve personally been on the phone with the Governor’s representatives twice this past week. On this matter, we want to make sure you are informed both of what is guiding our decisions and what our plan as a leadership is.
  1. Safety and care regarding your health comes first.
  2. We are waiting and listening while also taking a position of preparedness.
  3. As we receive information, we will assess and inform.
  4. We will move forward strategically based on guidelines released.

Let me encourage you to resist the urge to campaign on social media or to “take sides” in this regard. The NWChurch has great respect for our leaders locally and nationally and will continue to follow Biblical teachings in this regard. We also understand communications and guidelines for churches have been confusing.

This next week, the staff has a scheduled work party to set the auditorium for safe and social distancing, to walk through entry and exit plans, refine restroom protocols, and shoot a video helping everyone know what to expect when we finally have an opportunity to assemble again.

KNOW THIS: The NWChurch staff and leadership is excited and eager to be together again with implemented safety measures. We were the last church in our area to cancel live services and obviously look forward to being together again. We also will continue to stream our services live even after this pandemic has subsided. We also won’t open carelessly or too quickly.

If you are interested in understanding more about this issue, we encourage you to visit wafaithgatherings.com and read the letter we have signed along with thousands more.

This Sunday, we will be hearing from our global missionaries in preparation for Pentecost Sunday (May 31). Your generosity to and through the NWChurch allows us to stand prepared to give extra support to our missionaries in times like these. While we will not be taking up a special collection, we WILL BE sending all of our missionaries a special monetary gift on your behalf. Thanks for your generosity and we hope you’ll enjoy hearing from our missionaries this Sunday morning during our live stream.


  • NWChurch Leadership has been meeting and discussing the Governor's 4-Phase reopening plan and is continuing our process to "wait & see" before we assess and inform. Once the Governor moves us forward towards Phase 2 (and issues church-specific regulations), we will begin to inform the congregation about plans for Phases 3 and 4. Only in those later phases will NWChurch be able to consider significant changes. In the meantime, we continue to encourage you to stay healthy as you live life. 
  • Lahai Health (Dental and Medical Clinic) plans to reopen for appointments beginning May 18. NWChurch staff will return on a very limited basis as well (rotationally and within guidelines). The Community Life Center will remain closed except for the feeding program and Lahai appointments through the end of Phase 1. 
  • The Community Life Center will remained closed to walk-ins throughout Phase 1 and 2 and will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only during Phase 3 (with all PPE precautions required). 
  • Please note that Christian Camps have cancelled all of their sessions for the summer. Our Student Ministry Camp and Mission Trip were both cancelled. 
  • The hardwood floors in the main auditorium and student center will be refinished beginning May 18. This is scheduled to take place every three years. 
  • The Rhythm of Life class has been cancelled and ROOTED events will be held off until we can have in person sessions.

  • Website is back up and running a 100% following an unexpected nameserver change and issues with re-propagation. 
  • Two new classes were launched last week. Go to the Online Bible  box on the front page and click it for a list of all of our current classes.
  • Making some adjustments to staging for Sunday's Worship service to add some color.  
  • Our online audience continues to grow.  Thanks for watching. Live Stream is at 10am at nwchurch.com/live. The worship is downloaded processed and reposted later in the day. (We attempt to have it loaded by 3pm.)

  • Tonight, tune in to the Stream of Good Friday service at 7:00 PM (or later if you like). 
  • Tomorrow night, you are invited for a Zoom platform edition of an Easter Vigil led by Care Pastor - Bill Lawrence
  • Next week, we will be launching two new classes. Please email the office if you'd like more information. 
  • The earliest any possible adjustment to our worship schedule would be May 10th (after the "no gatherings over 50" would be lifted). It is likely assembly restrictions will be put in place extending beyond this date. We continue to assess and inform. Please Note: The gatherings restrictions were put in place before "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" was put in place and continue past the current May 4th "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" projected end date. All that to say, nothing changes until official word is handed down from the Governor's office. In the meantime, please enjoy our online classes, streaming services, and continued commitment to serving our community.

04/08/2020 Latest Updates
  • Tonight Passover begins.  Rabbi Matt from Restoration has an online version of a Passover Seder.  To watch click HERE
  • April 10th...Good Friday...we will stream a service at 7pm. 
  • Be sure to check out the Holy Week page for a listing of upcoming Easter weekend events.

03/31/2020 Latest Updates
  • While the feeding program continues, the Lahai Clinic hosted virtual online sessions with patients. 
  • April 5th...Palm Sunday...we will launch an Easter Reading project for your daily devotions. You will be able to come to the website each day, join us for a reading, thought, reflection, and prayer.

03/26/2020 Latest Updates
  • We have added an update subscription for people who want to receive simple, short, emailed updates instead of coming here or checking out Facebook Live. SUBSCRIBE ON THIS PAGE. 
  • If you're interested in checking out NWChurch and attending our first ever "Explore NW Virtual Session" we are planning for April 5th. Go to the homepage and scroll down to the 1, 2, 3 to connect (or to talk to a pastor). 
  • SUNDAY STREAMING WORSHIP WILL BE AT 10:00 AM and will be done in compliance with the Governor's Regulation. 
  • Before or after Sunday worship, please fill out your CONNECT CARD and PRAYER REQUESTS (one the homepage or via the app). 
  • Per compliance: The Community Life Center is closed except for Lahai and the Feeding Program. Please don't come to the CLC during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy regulations. 

03/25/2020  What you need to know...
  • The elders and staff continue to have weekly meetings via Zoom on Thursdays to assess and inform. 
  • In compliance with regulations, the staff is now working remote with pastors rotating into the facility as needed to ensure the Feeding Program and Lahai appointments have access. This means 10:30 - 12:30 most days; 8:30 - 4:30 most Tuesdays.
  • The leadership will be ramping up contact with those who regularly attend NW over the next few weeks. SHEPHERDING GROUPS have been organized to help the leadership stay in contact with everyone we can. Elders, staff, and trusted members will be reaching out via email and phone. We hope these short contacts are helpful to you and your families.
  • Churches have sent a letter/petition to Governor Inslee asking for clarification on streaming services. All other states have an exception allowing church leaders to live stream services with a minimal crew (all observing social distancing regulations). Once the Governor clarifies this, we will be able to give you details about what to expect on Sunday. For now, note the difference in worship time: We adjusted to 10:00 AM to avoid what happened last week. There were so many Churches streaming, headlines read, "The Church Killed the Internet."  Adjusting the time takes us out of the peak streaming hours of both Eastern and Central time zones.
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