LWC MINISTRY UPDATES IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

current Ministry status

We are reviewing and consulting the latest guidance and directives from:

5/23/2020 Update from Pastor Dave

5/13/2020 Update from the Elders

Dear Living Water Family,
 
During these months apart, we have been praying that the nearness of God and the truth of His Gospel are where you find sustenance for your heart and strength for each day.  The longing to gather as a church is evidence of God’s design that we live life in community as believers.  We continue to pray for you in this way as we all await the time when we can again begin meeting together to worship our Lord as the body of Christ.  As our elected officials begin to move toward progressively reopening Washington, we want to inform you about the work underway at LWC as we prepare for this long-awaited reopening of our church building.
 
On April 21st, the elders assembled a task force of medical professionals from within our membership to craft a detailed plan for reopening ministry here.  This team is comprised of LWC elders, nurses, a doctor, an infectious disease expert, and store managers, all of whom are wrestling daily with the impacts and realities of COVID-19.  Since April 21st, this team has been developing recommendations and procedures to inform how we will resume ministry at LWC in a safe manner that protects the most vulnerable among us.  This effort seeks to outline what our Sunday morning gatherings will look like as well as the other meetings and functions throughout the week in smaller settings.  Wisdom, caution, and Biblical values guide these efforts.

In preparation for future gatherings in our building, the task force is providing valuable input to the elders for decisions related to:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols for high-touch areas/surfaces 
  • Strategies for reducing the number of touched surfaces
  • Acquisition of additional hand-sanitation stations and, if required, personal protective equipment
  • Evaluating the HVAC system and upgrading of its filtration capacities
  • Reconfiguring seating arrangements in the auditorium to accommodate social-distancing requirements
  • Health-related aspects of administering baptism and the Lord's Supper

This upcoming Sunday, May 17th, was to be our regularly scheduled quarterly Member’s Meeting.  This meeting has been canceled.  In the near future, the elders will be recording a message explaining our reopening plan in greater detail.  Obviously, as the current situation unfolds, we will invariably need to make changes to the plan, however, we want you to be aware of this effort to guide your expectations and provide a venue in which you may have questions addressed.
 
While the prohibition of meeting together is undeniably difficult, our plan seeks, first and foremost, to love our neighbors well.  Secondly, we view this as an appropriate submission to our governing authorities.  In a time when leaders are voicing differing perspectives and concerns, we appreciate several recent treatments of these issues (see below).

We especially resonate with a recent letter from Pastor Andrew Murch at Northwest Gospel Church appealing to Governor Inslee.  Pastor Andrew’s tone, humility, logic, and the forum for his appeal are winsome and compelling.  We encourage you to read his letter and the corresponding petition.  As citizens, this may provide you with a constructive means by which you can make your voice heard.
As always, please know that we welcome any opportunity to encourage, pray for, or support you.  May God be your strength and joy.
 
- LWC Elders
 
For additional thoughts on our current situation, please consider:

Past update : 3/25/2020

Youth Group is now meeting online. 

Past update : 3/21/2020

Community Groups are now meeting online. Visit our Community Group page to learn more.

Past update : 3/20/2020

Women's Ministry is now meeting online. For details, please email Lisa Brown or visit the Women's Ministry Page.

Past update : 3/18/2020

The Elders met on March 17 to discuss what ministry at Living Water Church will look like for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus.  The impacts of the virus and our government's response to it evolve daily.  While the following actions are prudent now, we will continually monitor the situation and revise these decisions as needed.  For now, there is no timetable for when these restrictions will end.
  • Sunday gatherings are suspended – Sunday sermons will continue to be pre-recorded and made available for viewing online.
  • All ministry meetings are suspended – This includes regular Youth Group, Men’s & Women’s Ministry, Community Groups, ministry team meetings, classes, and events.
  • The office is closed – Living Water staff will work from home as much as possible.

Making Decisions
It is important for you to be aware of how these decisions were reached.  We are not making these difficult decisions in a vacuum.  We are reviewing and consulting the latest guidance and directives from:

Our national, state, and local officials call for "social distancing."  While challenging and extreme, we believe these measures really do work and are important ways for us to protect the most vulnerable among us.  As Christians, we should view these hard sacrifices as ways we “love our neighbor” (Luke 10:27) and be subject to the authorities God has given for our good (Romans 13).

Ministry Continues
Through this time, Living Water's Pastoral team will endeavor to encourage and resource our body through online, over the phone, and written forms of communication and resources.  We are still accessible and intend to keep reaching out to individuals through this season.  Moving forward, visit and bookmark the Ministry Updates COVID-19 page on our website.  It will serve as a centralized location where updates and special content will be available as this situation continues to unfold.

Please join us online for our Sunday gatherings through the web or the Living Water App.  We heard lots of positive feedback this past week about gathering as families around a screen to watch the Sunday sermon.  Remember, this is just a season.  We long for the day when we are able to gather again in person to worship our Lord, hear the word preached, and remember the life and death of Jesus in our place.  Though we don’t know when, we know that day will come.

There is much yet before us on this journey.  But we know that through all things, God is making known his glory and building his church.  May the Gospel message of hope in our risen savior be the peace of our hearts and the message we share as we walk through this coming season.

In hope,

-LWC Elders