From The Pastor's Desk
Good afternoon Dishman. As many of you know the Governor of Washington has reinstated the requirement that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings starting Monday August 23rd.
This is a challenging issue because there are so many diverse opinions. Even amongst those in our leadership structure there are differences of opinion on how we should respond to this requirement. The reality is that at the end of the day we will stand to offend someone with any decision we make.
With all of that in mind and a lot of prayer over the last few days I have decided that we should raise our precautionary levels against Covid exposure. We will provide hand sanitizer and masks at the doors, we will remind people to wash their hands and to remain a safe distance apart and we will RECOMMEND that everyone be masked. I put that word in all capital letters because it is only a recommendation and not a requirement. We recognize that this is a personal decision and that people will come to different decisions regarding wearing of a mask. If you come to church without a mask you will not be turned away. We also strongly urge anyone who feels sick to remain at home for the safety of the community. At no point will we ever consider not singing corporately.
I know and understand that there will be differences of opinion on this issue and we respect that. If you disagree with these precautions we ask that you would approach the leadership respectfully and with the understanding that this was not a decision we take lightly, but that we have weighed out the best current information.
We also want to remind you that our services are available online and that if you disagree with the procedures in place you can still attend church (after a manner of speaking) through that medium. The recent difficulties with our stream appear to have been worked out and should be consistent from now on.
It is our desire to glorify Christ in all that we do and I believe this is the best way for us to do that while still demonstrating love for one another.
In His service,
Pastor Chris Pawlowski