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Connecting During Coronavirus

How we are staying connected in the midst of Coronavirus concerns.

Updated March 18, 2021


As we prepare to move into Phase 3 locally, we are looking forward to making room for more people to safely attend our in-person worship services. We have put out the padded chairs in the Worship Center, and are using a fogger to sanitize them after every service.


We remain committed to doing our part in guarding public health and honor the guidance of local health leadership by social distancing between groups of people attending and by wearing masks throughout our worship services.


When you come to worship with us in-person you can rest assured that we are doing all we can to make it a safe experience for the entire family.

Updated December 3, 2020


Columbia Grove Church Family,


A personal update from Pastor Andrew:


“Last Sunday night my COVID test results came back positive. It was quite a surprise to me, as I have had no COVID symptoms. As per Health District recommendations, I will continue to quarantine until Sunday, December 6, which will be 10 days after my positive test was taken, assuming I remain symptom-free. 


Because I have been quarantining since the 21st, I am told I have probably not put anyone from the church (other than my dear wife Anita and daughter Elizabeth) at any risk. Thankfully, neither Anita nor Elizabeth has any symptoms as of writing. Please join me in praying that their good health continues, their tests come back negative and that our family is able to safely resume a more normal family life again soon.


Grateful,


Andrew"


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Pastor Andrew’s COVID positive test, together with the overall increased COVID cases in our area, has spurred our Leadership Team to review our COVID Response Plan to sure that our policies have been updated to include the latest health district recommendations, and ensure that we have a consistent and unified strategy for pursuing our mission moving forward.


We met last night, December 2. We discussed changes to our COVID-19 response policy and will be consulting with the local health authorities to review changes to this policy. We will have an online-only worship service this Sunday the 6th. Pending any further changes to the current state or local regulations, or other confirmed positive COVID cases reported from staff or guests, we will resume in-person and online worship starting December 13th.


Please let us know your questions and feedback. Thank you for your prayers and partnership as we continue to pursue our mission to Love Like Jesus to the Wenatchee Valley and beyond.


Brandt Cappell, Chair, Leadership Team

Andrew Thompson, Senior Pastor

Paul Collard, Associate Pastor

Updated November 28, 2020


Columbia Grove Members and Attenders,


We wanted to give you an update on the recent COVID-19 exposure of two people who attended our church service on November 15th. The church staff was notified on Saturday, the 21st about their positive coronavirus test.  


We immediately canceled in-person Worship on Sunday the 22nd and per our COVID-19 Recovery Plan, we will not have in-person worship this Sunday, November 29th.  There is a 14-day time period where the church building is shut down to all events. This will end at midnight on Saturday, December 5th.


Our church staff has been in contact with the Chelan-Douglas County Health District for our next steps.   


We plan to resume in-person worship on Sunday, December 6th at 10:00 AM. We will also continue our online platforms for those who wish to worship virtually. The Health District recommends that anyone with immune issues or other health-related issues wait another week to worship in-person.


We are happy to report that all people who were in closer contact with those who were COVID positive that day (and have had test results come back) have had their results come back negative. Test results for two others have been delayed due to testing backlog, but we are anticipating hearing word of negative test results shortly. No one in close contact has displayed any COVID symptoms. Thus far, it appears there has been no COVID-19 transmission for anyone attending worship on November 15th.  


The Worship Center and Foyer have had a deep cleaning and chairs have been wiped down.   


We are thankful to God that our safety precautions and having a recovery plan in place are working.


Please direct any questions or comments about this incident and our response to office@columbiagrove.org and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.


We rejoice with you at this time of Thanksgiving! We are truly blessed and have so much to be thankful for.


In Christ,

Brandt Cappell, CGCC Chair

Andrew Thompson, Senior Pastor 

Paul Collard, Associate Pastor

Updated November 21, 2020


Columbia Grove Family and Friends, 


We need to inform you that out of an abundance of caution we are not holding in person worship services this Sunday, November 22nd. 


We have been informed that two people who attended church last Sunday, November 15th, tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, November 21st. They are largely asymptomatic.


In accordance with our COVID-19 mitigation and recovery plan we will not hold in-person services tomorrow and will be consulting with local health officers the first of next week on what our next steps are going forward. 


We will still have online worship tomorrow. It may look a little different but we are working hard to make sure we can still worship together, even if it is virtually! 


Please be praying for our friends who are positive and our staff as they work to pivot quickly to an online-only format for tomorrow.


Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to provide you with updates on this process going forward. 


Sincerely, 


Brandt Cappell, Chair, CGCC Leadership Team

Andrew Thompson, Senior Pastor 

Paul Collard, Associate Pastor

COVID Care, Masking and Social Distancing

Updated November 19, 2020


Columbia Grove Members and Attendees,


The Leadership Team wanted to provide an update on where our in-person activities stand given the current COVID-related regulations from state and local health agencies.


We can currently have up to 200 in-person attendees per Worship Service, up from the limit of 50 in the first phase. This is welcome news as our in-person attendance has been close to the first phase limit. So if or when you are ready to come back to in-person attendance, we welcome you! 


At this time we have chosen to pause in-person children’s church and reevaluate the situation in four weeks. Do know that Children are always welcome in our Worship Services and there is also a 24/7 children’s video playlist available for children to watch and view at home. We hope this will provide our young families an opportunity to worship in whatever way they feel comfortable and safe.


We do want to emphasize that state and local regulations require we still have social distancing between households and wear masks while inside the building. We understand that this makes attending service in-person difficult or burdensome for many. We also understand that a number of other local churches have chosen to not follow some of these regulations. The Leadership Team at CGCC has chosen to continue to abide by the regulations laid out by state and local health agencies.


Here’s why:


  1. The governmental authorities over us have a God-given authority to require things of us - anything short of sin.


Romans 13:1-2 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”


Thankfully, in our democracy, we have the ability to respectfully question, advocate, vote, and even protest for needed changes in the laws - but until the laws change, we are still expected to follow them.


  1. Protecting public health is biblical and part of what it means to Love Like Jesus.


Jesus told us to “love your neighbors as yourselves.” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27) 


Social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing help to keep our neighbors from catching a disease that could, for some, be deadly.


Our staff has been hard at work to adhere to all of the regulations required of our facility. They have also been in contact with local health officials for clarification and guidance and will continue to ensure we are, to the best of our knowledge, complying with current regulations.


Do know we will continue to provide our Worship Services online in a variety of digital platforms. This means of delivery is going to be an option going forward as many people enjoy the ability to worship from the comfort of their own home. 


So whether you want to attend in person or online, please do! We are ready and waiting to help you through this time. Now more than ever we need to be connected to our church family. We are doing whatever we can within the guidelines regulating Religious and Faith-based Organizations to provide you with this opportunity. Please if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas of how we can improve, we welcome them. 


The Columbia Grove Leadership Team

  • Brandt Cappell - Chair
  • Debbie Garrow - Secretary
  • George Loveland - CFO
  • Sue Kane
  • Susan Letts
  • Walt Ness
  • Jerry White