June 25, 2020 – Yesterday the state of Washington approved Thurston County’s Phase 3 application, which means that groups the size of our church are allowed to meet. Praise the Lord! This does not mean that everything is back to “normal”, but we are progressing in a positive direction here in our county.  Pray for the areas of our country and state that are not improving or are even fighting a resurgence of COVID.

The state has given churches detailed health and safety guidelines that we are being asked to implement in order to keep our congregation safe. While I personally am not a big fan of all of the guidelines– none of the guidelines are sinful, and in light of the Bible’s clear instructions to “respect the governing authorities” it is clear to me that we should be complying with them as we resume meeting together.

So, here is the plan.  First, if you have any signs of COVID or any fever over 100.4°– stay home. Second, if you are vulnerable to COVID please feel zero pressure to join us in-person.  We’ll keep livestreaming and we consider both the in-person and livestream of equal importance.  We want the livestream to be a good option for those who should be staying home as well as folks in our community who might be looking for a church.

Third, for those who are joining us “in-person” here are the details:

  1. We are hosting our main service at 10:30. There will be no morning Sunday school classes or other events prior to 10:30.
  2. There will be no snacks or coffee, church program, etc.
  3. There is a hand sanitizing station setup in the lobby. We’re suggesting you hit it on the way in and on the way out.
  4. Everyone in attendance shall wear face coverings before, during, and after the service. If you don’t have a mask, we have some at the door that you can use and keep.
  5. The most challenging guideline for long-time church goers, you all cannot sit in your regular spot.  We need to spread out.  We are marking out 6-foot spaces in the pews, and you are encouraged to seat together as a family, but to maintain 6 feet between families.  Our sanctuary is authorized for up to 133 people in Phase 3 (50% of our regular occupancy limit), so we should all fit spaced out even if we invite some friends to come with us.

These guidelines are to keep you and our neighbors safe, reflect our desire to respect the governing authorities, and even more importantly, to have a good witness to our community. Thank you for doing your part as we serve together on mission.

This first Sunday we are keeping pretty low key to see how everything goes.  We’ll keep adapting to the situation as it changes. Once we have things figured out, we’ll put up a banner and begin intentionally inviting our community back to church.

I want to encourage you to pray for our state’s and our nation’s leaders– that they would have wisdom in how to minimize the impact from all this.

Things to keep in mind:

  • What makes us a church is not meeting in a building– we are a family of people.  Our elder team would like to challenge you to intentionally develop relationships with one another– however you can– send an email, pick up the phone and call, invite someone out to share a meal, serve one another as you know of needs.
  • Join us in-person or livestream, Sundays at 10:30. We will continue to worship, teach the Bible, hear testimonies and pray together. Meeting together is important.
  • It has never been easier to connect with folks online, either via email or if you use Facebook, you can connect through the new “Lacey Bible Church Family” private Facebook group that you can use to post prayer requests, encouragement, and needs. It is also a good way to keep connected with others from the church. 

If you have needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will coordinate with those who are able to help.

Please do not hesitate to share prayer requests or to let us know if things (like the livestream) are working or not working for you so we can do what we can to help.

Let us together do good works, develop good will, and take the opportunity to share the Good News with the world around us.

I am praying for you all,

Pastor Jeremy on behalf of the elder team