An important message from Pastor Dave:
With the latest forecasts of more winter weather heading our way – including the potentially significant winter storm starting Friday afternoon through Sunday early morning – on top of some still very icy side roads in our area and beyond, and icy conditions in parts of the Cross of Christ parking lot – in consultation with Staff, Council, and other ELCA congregations in the greater Bellevue area, we have decided for safety’s sake to put in place a two-track plan for this Sunday’s worship at Cross of Christ.
Track One which we confirm with this email is to reduce Sunday morning activities and plan for one worship service with a delayed start time of 11 am. This will give us the best opportunity to clear new snow and ice as best we can over as much of the parking lot as we can Sunday morning.
At minimum we hope to clear a drop-off area in front of the main door, and as many handicap parking spots as possible. We encourage anyone with any concerns for walking on the potentially icy parking lot to take advantage of this drop-off area. Additionally, valet service will be provided. You can drive up to the drop off area and drop your passengers, or the driver can also get out at the front door and volunteers from Cross of Christ will park your vehicle for you, as well as bring it to the front door following worship.
There will be no other Sunday morning activities – Adult Faith Formation and Children’s Sunday School are cancelled this week.
Track Two is a contingency plan if conditions are extreme. If it is determined to be necessary for the sake of safety, the single Sunday worship service will be cancelled. That determination will not be made until Saturday evening at the earliest, and Sunday morning by 8 am at the latest. Notifications will go out by email, be put on the Cross of Christ website, and be made via our new roadside electronic sign on 156th Avenue. We will also keep updating the church phone messages.
Note that other ELCA congregations in the area are taking or considering similar steps after we consulted one with another. I’m sure other churches and faith communities will, as well.
Forecasts vary, but almost all call for at least two to four inches of snow before Sunday morning, and up to six to eight inches is a common prediction. Be aware that the next front forecast for Monday and Tuesday may bring an additional two to up to eight more inches. Total accumulation of up to a foot is not out of the realm of possibility. Please prepare now for the possibility of being stuck at home!
It is possible that snowfall will be on the lower end of the forecast, and these steps will prove to have been unnecessary. However, given all the information we have, we have determined to error on the side of caution. Being extra cautious seems in order. We hope you understand and appreciate the reasons for these actions.
For now, we look forward to worshiping together this Sunday, February 10, at 11 am. For those who (despite the inconveniences) like this weather, enjoy the snow. For the rest, this too, shall pass! For all, please be very, very safe, stay warm, be prepared, and pray for safety for all.
Pastor Dave, Staff, and Council
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church
(Beautiful) Bellevue, Washington