COVID-19 UPDATES

A Message from Our Pastors | September 17, 2020

RE: Limited Seating Available Sundays!

Dear Church Family,

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 realities we know many of you are ready to return to church. We want to honor and respect these wishes in the safest way possible.

Starting October 4th, we will open 20 seats per service. That means we will welcome 20 people to attend the 9:00 am service, and 20 people to attend the 11:00 am service.

So, how will this work?

Priority will be given to neighborhood groups that have been designated to attend. Each group will have an opportunity attend, and the leader of each group will be notified of the week they are assigned.

If we do not fill up all 20 slots with those from neighborhood groups, we will allow those who have not yet attended and opportunity to sign up. Third priority will be for all others interested in attending.

As with most things these days, here are the guidelines.

  1. You must register by calling the office (253-588-6631). The office is open from 9-12, Monday through Thursday. If you have to leave a message, someone will call and confirm your registration.
  2. Registration opens the Monday prior to your designated service at 9:00 am.
  3. You must register by 11:00 am the Thursday prior to your Sunday.
  4. Please only attend if you have verbal confirmation from the office.
  5. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow enough time for temperature checks and to sign in.
  6. Although we welcome children of all ages, we will not have a nursery available. If you have school aged children, we will have a children’s ministry available. Please be sure to note this when you register so our team can be ready for you.
  7. Please always wear a mask.
  8. We will not be singing corporately.
  9. If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has had symptoms in the two weeks prior to attending, please don’t attend. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you have questions, please discuss them with the leader of your neighborhood group or call the office.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon!

Pastor James Kim, Senior Pastor, Head of Staff

Pastor Brad Epperson, Pastor Lakewoodgrace

Alan Macpherson, Clerk of Session

A Message From our Pastors | June 4, 2020

Dear Little Church and Lakewoodgrace,

As many of you are aware, Governor Inslee has released Phase 1 and 2 instructions for churches to start meeting in person. Many of you are wondering what our plans are for the near future.

Here are some things we affirm:

  • Nothing happening today is catching God by surprise

  • Even in the midst of this pandemic, God expects the church to grow in influence and impact for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ

  • Even in the midst of this pandemic, God expects his disciples to Make new disciples, Grow up as faithful disciples, and Share the love of Jesus with all people. God wants us to grow, mature, and thrive

So how shall we move forward? Because we are a people of the book, we always turn to God’s word to give us guidance. There are three scriptures that give us guidance:

  • Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed. And those who resist will incur judgment.”

    • Under normal circumstances, the church is to abide by the laws and rules of those who govern.

  • Acts 5:27-29 “When they (the authorities) had brought them (the disciples), they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in Jesus’ name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority.’”

    • When the laws of the land contradict God’s laws, the church obeys God

  • 1 Corinthians 6:12 “’All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything.

    • Paul teaches the church not to use our freedom to cause injury to our neighbors

If the government had told us that we could not meet because Christianity is against the law, or that proclaiming the exclusivity of Jesus is hate speech, and therefore against the law, I would be the first to violate such governmental laws.

But this is not that. This has always been about protecting and being compassionate toward the most vulnerable and those for whom this virus would be quite dangerous. This has been about the church leading the way in loving and having compassion on the most vulnerable neighbors in our midst.

This has always been about loving our neighbors as ourselves.

For that reason, we will continue to worship on line until it is safe for all of us to worship together.

We will keep a close eye on the congregations who are meeting in person to see what impact that has on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and we will re-examine our gathering for worship in person as we learn more about how the virus is spreading.

In the mean time, we know that an extended period of social isolation is not emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy. We are making plans for groups of ten or fewer to gather in person on campus for small groups, committee meetings, Baby Boomers, etc. We will be opening up for larger gatherings when it is safe to do so. You can hear more about this in the video above.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to gather in person for worship. That day will come. Until then, know that the session and your staff continue to work hard at providing you with best worship experience on line as possible and ways for us to stay connected as a church.

God bless you! Know that you are all in our prayers.