Pastoral Guidance from Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee:

  • As we begin to re-open church buildings, please plan carefully, thoughtfully, and faithfully. Discover how to be Church Together in this time—as a congregation and in your community. 
  • Please read the bishop’s full Pastoral Letter in Re-opening our Church Buildings.  

Additional Guidance

  • Let your context guide you to right decisions for you and your community.
  • Continue to follow County, State, and CDC guidelines-- in that order.
  • State “reopening” June 30 main talking points (as of 6.30.2021) and until county/state websites are updated:
    • All restrictions are generally lifted except that unvaccinated persons are still required to wear a mask
    • Ministries may keep their own specific restrictions for the loving sake of community-- some in our communities are still unvaccinated, unprotected, and at risk. 
    • Faith Based Organizations (FBO's) are allowed to use the honor system to check masking requirements-- although you are welcomed to do more (and some congregations are choosing to do that).
    • All singing restrictions are lifted-- except for mask requirements for unvaccinated persons. 
    • Contact tracing logs are not required-- but still helpful to have and will be used if available.
    • See our top reopening links:
  • Concerns still not be addressed?  Contact Pr. Andy Yee, Assistant to the Bishop (a2b@lutheransnw.org).  

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