Hi, I am a non-Egyptian in the COC. Another non-Egyptian among us is Mabsoota, who will possibly show up to this thread once she's done sleeping or eating breakfast or whatever people in the United Kingdom are doing at whatever hour it is over there.
In the meantime, while I have not been to the church in question, I notice that they have a website
, which you probably will want to visit if you haven't already. There you can listen to the liturgy, view pictures, etc. I'm listening to the liturgy as I type this, and it appears that they use English (all Coptic churches in North America do; it's just a question of the makeup of the congregation how much Arabic vs. English you'll hear), so it's reasonable to expect that there will be at least some people there who can converse with you. I would also recommend that you contact the church in question via their "Contact us" page, explain that you are exploring Orthodoxy and want to know more about their specific community in the Seattle area. That's what I did before I went to my first liturgy at what is now my home parish in Albuquerque, NM, and the contact person gave me all kinds of information on the makeup of the community, what to expect at services, etc.
If you don't get a good welcome, particularly since you've already been studying Orthodoxy, you'd probably be the first. I came to what is now my home parish in Albuquerque, NM with no background in Orthodoxy at all, and certainly not a drop of Egyptian or other African/Middle Eastern blood, but was still very warmly received. I'm not going to lie and say that you'll find a lot of people in any particular Coptic church who share your cultural background (Oriental Orthodoxy is the far less popular option for Euro-American converts, as you might imagine), but I am confident that you will
be spoken to. Egyptians loooooove to talk, and the Copts are very zealous about the faith. You can expect a lot of curiosity over the post-liturgy Agape meal ("how did you like the lliturgy?" "how did you find the Coptic Church?", etc.), and anyone who doesn't talk to you might just be naturally shy around new people, or maybe less than confident in their conversational English skills. Don't take it personally. Egyptians are incredibly friendly. Have a wonderful time, and be sure to let us all know how it went, after you go. The Lamentations of Jeremiah by Mina Mina on 5/3/2013 (Good Friday). St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church - Lynnwood - Seattle, WA
(Mina Mina? That's the most Coptic name I've ever heard. I'm pretty sure that's a good sign.