Letter to the Congregation | July 9, 2021
We met as elders Wednesday evening to come to agreement on our response to recent changes in state requirements for churches under Covid-19. So this is both a follow-up and update of last week’s note regarding Coronavirus and worship. We wanted to begin by apologizing for any hurt or confusion that note may have caused by implying an inequity in how we regard you as brothers and sisters in Christ. That was never our intent. As Paul says, we thank God for all of you in all our prayers. Hopefully this note will bring greater clarity but, as always, you are welcome to speak with your shepherding elders or any of the pastors if you have questions.
As of this past Fourth of July weekend, all Covid-19 state regulations directed at churches have been removed. This means Washington State no longer requires officers and leaders of churches to enact regulations regarding Covid-19. Whatever regulations remain are now directed to all of us equally as citizens, and the practices you and your family adopt in worship, including masking, are matters of personal discretion. This is certainly true with regard to vaccination as well, which some of us have chosen and some have not. We recognize there are almost as many reasons for those choices as there are people choosing, and we respect and honor your decisions in what we all know to be a challenging and often confusing moment.
No matter where we stand on the various issues in this wearisome season, it’s both joy and strength to stand with you as one body in the Spirit, sharing “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph 4:5). This is our unshakable hope, that in both ease and distress Christ still leads his people in triumphal procession. In these things, and all others, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Looking forward to gathering with you this Sunday to worship the one who loved us and gave himself for us.
With love and affection,
Your elders and servants in Christ