It's been a whirlwind since Christmas Eve and again, I'm grateful for your flexibility with our covid-related adjustments. Cases in our city continue to spike, hospital beds are filling up, and tests are in short supply. The Northridge staff feel the effects of our current surge acutely. With our size, it's impossible for one staff member to be out sick without the others being impacted. We're grateful for your patience as we've navigated staff falling ill these past few weeks. Unfortunately, I anticipate that we'll continue to navigate exposures and cases among our staff in the weeks to come. With that in mind, we are working to ensure that all normal activity can continue regardless of who is or is not in the office; however, if we are slower than normal with responses, it's likely due to a reduced staff.

This week, we will return to a more normal Sunday morning rhythm, but we've modified some things with the health and safety of our congregation and our staff in mind.

  • This Sunday, we will return to two in-person worship services: 9:00 a.m. worship outside and 11:00 a.m. worship in the sanctuary (also livestreamed).
  • There will not be Adult Connection Hour offerings this month. Wired Word will meet on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. In-person opportunities for Sunday Connection Hour will kick off in February.
  • There will not be official children's classes or children's choir rehearsal this Sunday, but there will be a playground date from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Nursery workers and volunteers will watch kids as they play and catch up post-Christmas.
  • Kids Connection classes (10:00-10:50 a.m.) and Children's Choir Rehearsal (9:40-10:00 a.m.) will resume on Sunday, Jan. 16. All children's classes and choir rehearsal will be held outside, so please be sure kids are dressed warmly.
  • Youth Connection will begin again this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Plan to meet outside and bring a mask. Food will still be served.
  • Youth Group will kick off on Jan. 16. It will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. outdoors. No dinner served.
  • Face masks remain required while in the Northridge building.
  • Please stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is experiencing symptoms. You can always worship with us online via YouTube.

We hope that these changes will protect the health of our congregation while keeping worship welcoming to all. Thank you for your flexibility and your cooperation.

With great hope,

Rev. Betsy Swetenburg will preach a sermon entitled "Epiphany Lessons"
In preparation, you are invited to read Matthew 2:1-12
As previously mentioned in Betsy's letter above, we've got some updates to our Faith Formation classes for the month of January.

Adult Connection:
  • No in-person classes in January
  • Wired Word will meet Wednesdays via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday morning Bible Study will continue to meet via Zoom at 7:30 a.m.

  • Youth Connection classes will begin on January 9 at 10:00 a.m. Plan to meet outside and bring a mask!
  • Youth Group will begin January 16. Youth and parents: stay tuned for more info!

  • Meet us on the playground at 10:00 a.m. on January 9 for fellowship and playtime. All ages will be combined.
  • Children's Connection classes will officially start back up on January 16, where we will plan to meet on the playground for playtime, music, lessons, and conversation. Classes will still be divided in two for story, activities, and discussion.
The Day Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. online; there will be no meeting at the church. As we discovered earlier in the pandemic, Zoom allows us to have meaningful connections while staying safe. No masks required! Mary Marcotte will present Lesson Five of our Bible study, a continuation of the story of Ruth. 

Please email Helen Stevenson to be added to the email list, which contains the Zoom link. You can participate via computer, smart phone, tablet, or landline.

Join us!
Our youth are collecting smartphones to donate to the IRC! Watch this video for more.